The Central Valley football team spent so much time in its rival’s backyard Friday, one would have thought the game was being played at University, not CV.
And then in the third quarter, University did what it’s done in two previous losses – the Titans decided to make it a spirited game.
In the end, though, Central Valley had more offense and its defense stiffened as the Bears stopped the visiting Titans 30-14 in a Greater Spokane League game played before a crowd estimated at 2,000.
The game featured the full-time return of Bears junior quarterback Gaven Deyarmin, whose season – not to mention his life – was in jeopardy after an emergency appendectomy just before preseason practice began.
Deyarmin entered the game on the Bears’ second possession and he didn’t leave thereafter. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a TD.
“Deyarmin looks like he’s getting back to himself,” CV coach Rick Giampietri said. “He’s been there before so he’s calmer. Just being in the heat of a game like this is huge.”
Deyarmin couldn’t wait for his first contact.
“It felt good to come out and get my first hit, to get tackled,” he said. “It felt awesome to get tackled.”
CV (3-1) outgained U-Hi (1-3) 182-36 in the first half, but had just a 14-0 lead to show for it at halftime.
A third-quarter CV fumble allowed U-Hi to take over at its 45-yard line. Then the Bears were called for a personal foul, moving the Titans to the Bears’ 40. Four plays later, quarterback Jeff Moe found Jared Wood for a 30-yard TD with 6:14 to go in the third quarter.
CV proceeded to chew up quite a bit of the clock, using 15 plays before Deyarmin snuck in from 1 yard out to extend the Bears’ lead to 21-7 with 11:20 remaining in the final period.
U-Hi struck quickly. Running back Jory Zettle, who finished with 154 yards rushing, scampered 40 yards for a TD to pull the Titans within 21-14 with 10:09 to go.
But CV answered on its next possession. Deyarmin hit Damon Justice for a 28-yard TD.
CV’s Danny Nimri intercepted a pass on a fake punt, giving CV possession at U-Hi’s 31.
Moments later, sophomore kicker Austin Rehkow connected from 36 yards out to put the Bears up by the final margin with 3:32 to go.