After a disappointing loss to Clarkston last Friday, the Cheney Blackhawks were determined to get back to their winning ways.
And that’s exactly what happened Friday night against Deer Park, one of two previously unbeaten teams in the Great Northern League.
Ben Dissell’s six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Blackhawks edged the Stags 28-23 in Cheney.
After a high-scoring first half, Dissell’s touchdown was the lone second-half score.
Deer Park’s Dalton Hanson ran for 90 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half. Hanson’s second touchdown gave the Stags a 20-6 lead, but Cheney’s Zach Mitchell scored on a 27-yard run and Dissell threw a 19-yard pass to Rassier to cut the deficit to three points at the half.
The Stags had several opportunities in the second half, but each drive sputtered, including the final one with less than a minute to play.
Cheney improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in league. Deer Park also is 4-1 and 1-1.
East Valley 43, Clarkston 7: Adam Talley scored three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and the Knights (3-2, 1-0) went on to build a commanding 43-0 lead in their win over the visiting Bantams (1-4, 1-1). Talley finished with 153 yards and three scores on 11 carries. East Valley quarterback Taylor Watkins threw two touchdown passes to J.T. Phelan. Trevor Sperry returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter for Clarkston’s score.
Colville 20, Lakeside 16: Scott Sheehan threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Alex Pond with 3 minutes left to give the Indians (1-4, 1-1) a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Eagles (1-4, 0-2). Colville trailed 16-0 at the half, but outscored Lakeside 20-0 in the second half. Colton Davis had 210 yards on 21 carries and scored twice to lead Colville.
Riverside 42, Newport 36: Kit Major scored his third touchdown of the game with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to give the Rams an upset win over the visiting Grizzlies. Major ran for 260 yards on 36 carries to lead Riverside, which improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the NEA. Travis Martin completed 13 of his 18 pass attempts for 177 yards and three touchdowns for Newport, which lost for the first time, falling to 4-1 and 2-1.
Freeman 41, Chewelah 12: After a competitive first quarter, the Scotties (5-0, 2-0) took control against the host Cougars (1-3, 0-2). Quinn Robinson scored four touchdowns – three rushing and one receiving – to guide Freeman. The Scotties’ Cody Unfred threw three touchdown passes.
Davenport 27, Springdale 0: The Gorillas (2-3, 1-2) built a 20-0 halftime lead and eased to a win over the visiting Chargers (1-3, 1-2). Skyler Watkins returned a fumble 65 yards for Davenport’s second score of the first quarter. Derrick Oliver capped the scoring for Davenport with a 45-yard run in the third.
Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 34, Liberty 0: The Broncos (4-0, 2-0) took off to a 20-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a win over the Lancers. Connor O’Neill ran for a TD and caught a pass from Dylan Hartz for another. Hartz threw for another touchdown and rushed for one.
Northeast 1B North
Northport 63, Curlew 20: David Higgins galloped for 232 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns to guide the Mustangs (3-2, 2-0) to a win over the visiting Cougars (0-4, 0-3).
Northport scored on a consistent basis with 21 points in each of the first three quarters before the game ended on the mercy rule.
Columbia-Inchelium 50, Selkirk 26: Dustin Wyborney ran and passed for touchdowns and returned an interception for another in leading the Timberwolves (2-3, 1-1) over the Rangers (1-4, 0-2).
Northeast 1B South
Almira/Coulee-Hartline 54, Wilbur-Creston 12: The Warriors (5-0, 1-0) put up 48 first-half points and routed the visiting Wildcats (2-3, 0-1) in a league opener. Derek Isaak accounted for six touchdowns – three passing, two rushing and a kick return – to lead Almira/Coulee-Hartline. Colin Deyarmin scored the first touchdown of the game on a 30-yard run and later caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Isaak.
Odessa-Harrington 56, Mansfield 16: The Titans scored early and often in a rout of the host Kernals. Jared King had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown to guide Odessa-Harrington, which improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Touchet 40, St. John-Endicott 0: Jose Martinez ran for two touchdowns and Reuben Butler had a rushing touchdown and an interception return for another score as the Indians (4-0, 2-0) blanked the host Eagles (0-3, 0-1).
Colton 52, LaCrosse-Washtucna 40: Nick Robertson ran for four scores and the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0) outscored the Tigercats (3-2, 0-2) at Colton.
West Valley 35, Lakeland 28: Dylan Ellsworth ran for four touchdowns as the Eagles (5-1) rolled to a 21-point lead through three quarters and held on for the victory over the Hawks (3-4) in Rathdrum.
Medical Lake 15, Pullman 14: Micah Tappero scored on a 2-yard run and caught the two-point conversion pass from Adam Paulson with 54 seconds to play to give the Cardinals (3-2) a win over the visiting Greyhounds (1-4). Pullman marched down the field, but Chris Parr intercepted a Justin Cillay pass with 10 seconds left to seal the win for Medical Lake. Cillay threw for 205 yards – 166 coming in the fourth quarter – and two touchdowns to lead the Greyhounds.
Liberty Christian 54, Garfield-Palouse 46: Riley Hodges ran for 248 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns, but the Patriots edged the host Vikings (2-2). Garfield-Palouse accumulated 470 rushing yards in the loss.
Kettle Falls 28, Oroville 14: Austin Anderson ran for 132 yards and two fourth-quarter scores to lead the Bulldogs (3-2) over the visiting Hornets.