The battle for first place in the Northeast 2B League went in favor of the Colfax Bulldogs – barely.
Colfax built a comfortable lead and then held off an inspired Lind-Ritzville/Sprague rally to beat the Broncos 14-13 at Colfax.
With the win, the Bulldogs remained undefeated at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in league games. The Broncos suffered their first loss, falling to 5-1 and 3-1.
The Bulldogs gained control early and, midway through the third quarter, it looked like they might make easy work of the Broncos.
Ahead 14-0, Colfax was 2 yards away from a three-touchdown lead, until a 15-yard penalty killed its momentum. The Bulldogs didn’t score and three plays later, the Broncos’ Connor O’Neill caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Hart to cut Colfax’s lead to 14-7.
With less than 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter, O’Neill went untouched on a 59-yard touchdown run, but the extra point was missed and the Broncos found themselves trailing by a point.
Colfax couldn’t run out the clock on its next possession, giving Lind-Ritzville/Sprague an opportunity, but the Broncos couldn’t capitalize.
Inland Empire 5A
Coeur d’Alene 69, Lewiston 7: Chad Chalich set a single-game school record with six touchdown passes as the Vikings (7-0, 1-0) dismissed the visiting Bengals (4-4, 0-2). The returning 5A Player of the Year completed 13 of 17 passes for 254 yards.
Inland Empire 4A
Lakeland 61, Sandpoint 27: Corey Hansell ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns to guide the Hawks (5-3, 1-0) to a rout over the visiting Bulldogs (1-6, 0-1). Eric Cooper added two touchdown passes and a rushing score for Lakeland.
Deer Park 34, West Valley 21: Zach Mohr caught a touchdown pass, returned an interception for another score and kicked two field goals for the visiting Stags (6-1, 3-1), who moved past the Eagles (5-2, 1-1) in the league standings. Jason Jorgenson scored two rushing touchdowns and threw for a touchdown for Deer Park.
Clarkston 24, Pullman 0: Colby Ruark ran for two scores and threw for another to lead the Bantams (2-5, 2-2) past the visiting Greyhounds (1-6, 0-2). Sean West added a field goal for Clarkston.
Colville 28, Freeman 27: Colton Davis had 234 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Indians (3-4, 3-1) stunned the visiting Scotties (6-1, 3-1). Quinn Robinson scored from 1 yard out late in the fourth quarter, but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful, preserving the win for the Indians. Robinson finished with 174 yards and three scores.
Chewelah 13, Lakeside 6: Derrick Smith threw for a touchdown and ran for another to guide the Cougars (3-3, 1-2) to a victory over the Eagles (1-6, 0-3) at Nine Mile Falls. Ryan Finley caught Smith’s 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Lakeside responded before halftime as Colton Collins caught an 11-yard pass from quarterback John Grittner. Smith ran for a score late.
Kellogg 7, Priest River 6: Ryan Beggerly threw an 11-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and the Wildcats (3-4, 3-0) escaped with a win over the visiting Spartans (0-7, 0-2). Tyler Barber scored on a 21-yard run in the first quarter but Kellogg held Priest River scoreless the rest of the game.
Kettle Falls 34, Springdale 6: The Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) scored the first 34 points of the game and ran away with a win over the host Chargers (1-5, 1-4).
Reardan 35, Davenport 0: Charlie Eldred ran for two touchdowns and the Indians blanked the host Gorillas.
Selkirk 52, Curlew 12: Dominic Cain threw five touchdown passes as the Rangers (2-5, 1-3) tamed the Cougars (1-5, 0-4). Mike Haskins caught one of Cain’s touchdown passes and scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half.
Wellpinit 58, Northport 18: A.J. Kieffer ran for 273 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns to guide the Redskins (6-1, 3-0) to a rout of the host Mustangs (4-3,3-1). Kieffer also threw a touchdown pass for Wellpinit.
Touchet 48, LaCrosse-Washtucna 36: Vicente Flores caught seven passes for 168 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Indians (7-0, 5-0) took control after halftime and beat the visiting Tigercats (3-5, 0-5). Touchet outscored LaCrosse-Washtucna 26-16 after leading by two points at the half. Eric Hines caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Elias Martinez to lead the Tigercats.
Pomeroy 63, Garfield-Palouse 22: Ryan Smith ran for three touchdowns to lead the Pirates (5-1, 3-1) past the host Vikings (3-3, 2-1). Riley Hodges scored all three of Garfield-Palouse’s touchdowns.
Lake City 21, Wenatchee 20: Chris Williams ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Timberwolves (4-3) slid past the host Panthers. Lake City scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters.
Timberlake 36, Moscow 27: Devin Smith scored two second-half touchdowns as the Tigers (5-2) beat the visiting Bears (3-4).
Riverside 41, St. Maries 0: Kit Major scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Rams (4-3) to a rout over the host Lumberjacks (1-6). Riverside led 13-0 at the half and then outscored St. Maries 28-0 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Liberty 31, Bridgeport 8: The Lancers (1-6) shined in all aspects of the game and routed the visiting Mustangs. Matt Marcure caught two of Match Burnham’s three touchdown passes for Liberty, which held Bridgeport scoreless until a touchdown late in the game. The win was Liberty’s first of the season and comes a week after the Lancers scored their first points of the season.
Odessa-Harrington 66, Columbia-Inchelium 28: Jared King ran for four touchdowns and threw for two more as the Titans (5-2) thumped the host Timberwolves (2-5). Dustin Wyborney and Dustin Elliott added two touchdowns apiece for Columbia-Inchelium, which trailed 30-0 at halftime.