PASCO – Almost a year ago to the day, the Chiawana football team pounded an overmatched Central Valley team by 28 points in the 4A regional crossover playoffs in Pasco.
The Bears (7-3) returned the favor with a 24-0 win at Edgar Brown Stadium on Friday night, dominating the previously undefeated and second-ranked Riverhawks (8-1) in every way to advance to the first round of the State 4A playoffs.
Central Valley plays Ferris (9-1) in a first-round state game next weekend at Albi Stadium.
Chiawana wore out teams in the Columbia Basin Big Nine with interior line play, but Friday it was all CV as the Bears gave up just 69 yards of total offense.
And CV’s offensive line manhandled Chiawana’s young defensive line, rolling up 238 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Alex Jacot led all backs with 106 yards on 19 carries. Grayson Sykes added 37 yards and a fourth-quarter score.
The Bears’ rushed so well, they only attempted eight passes, but they found success there, too.
Central Valley took a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard carry by Jacot with 4:40 left in the first quarter. That score held until just before halftime, when the Riverhawks went three-and-out before an Isaac Mitz punt landed the Bears at their 35 with just 22 seconds left.
Figuring he had maybe two plays to make something happen, CV coach Rick Giampietri dipped into his bag of tricks with a counter screen. On the first play of the drive, quarterback Gaven Deyarmin rolled out to the right, turned 180 degrees and fired a pass to Anthony Brommer on the other side of the field.
By that time, several Bears players had positioned themselves down the left sideline for a nice seal, allowing Brommer to catch the pass and cruise in for a 65-yard touchdown.
“We practiced that play but haven’t run it in a game, so I guess you could say we have 100 percent success rate,” Giampietri said. “We played good physical defense today. It was a great showing by the kids.”
Austin Rehkow added a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for CV.