Central Valley’s football team accomplished what it aimed for, a date with Lewis and Clark next week in a Greater Spokane League playoff showdown, by dominating North Central 54-10 Thursday night at Joe Albi Stadium.
“It’s set up now,” Bears coach Rick Giampietri said of next week’s game. “The Tigers are solid both offensively and defensively. Both teams have good quarterbacks. It will be a block-and-tackle game and who does the best wins.’
LC (6-1) and Ferris (6-1) meet tonight in Albi.
Thursday’s game started ominously enough for the Indians when a punt bounced backward behind coverage and was alertly fielded by Dustin Dach, who scurried 76 yards untouched for the game’s first score.
CV led 21-0 before NC (2-6) regrouped and trailed 27-10 at intermission. The second half, however, the Bears defense clamped down and the Gaven Deyarmin-Alex Jacot running tandem put the game away. Jacot rushed for 65 of his 98 yards after intermission. Deyarmin, who struggled with his passing game, finished with 103 ground yards on the night. He passed for two touchdowns on five completions.
CV (6-2) scored four times in the second half to pull away.
Giampietri acknowledged that Bears were flat early, but a “little fiery halftime speech” woke them up.
He had nothing but praise for NC’s do-all quarterback Jake Hoffman, who carried the ball 22 times for 64 yards and completed nine passes for 145 more.
“He makes people miss,” Giampietri said of the Indians’ leader.
University 52, Shadle Park 26: This was an offensive shootout for the most part and featured the present and future of GSL quarterbacks.
Titans senior Conner Johnson completed 13 of 21 passes for 237 passes. He has thrown for 1,989 yards this season, breaking the school’s previous record and moving into second place, surpassing Shadle Park’s Mark Rypien.
Rypien’s nephew, Brett, is just a freshman at Shadle. He served notice, completing 14 of 31 passes for 246 yards. But he had a costly interception that turned the tide in U-Hi’s favor.
The Highlanders (0-8) were driving for a score late in the second quarter when U-Hi (5-3) two-way standout Zach Bruce intercepted and legged it back 79 yards for a 35-13 lead at intermission.
U-Hi scored four touchdowns in the second quarter. Bruce rushed for 113 yards on 28 carries. Johnson hooked up to his favorite long-ball receiver Austin Flynn on a 74-yard TD strike, threw two touchdowns to Nathan Hundeby and rushed for another.
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