It was a battle of elite running backs Friday night at East Valley.
The Knights’ Adam Talley had the better numbers, but the Eagles’ Dylan Ellsworth led the Eagles to a 42-26 Great Northern League win.
Ellsworth ran for 196 yards on 36 carries and scored two touchdowns as West Valley kept pace with Deer Park and Cheney in the GNL.
After Talley scored on a 57-yard run in the first quarter, West Valley (6-2, 2-1) scored the next four touchdowns to take a commanding 28-6 lead. Talley scored twice more in the second half but it was too little, too late for East Valley (3-5, 1-3).
Talley finished with 246 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Deer Park 27, Clarkston 25: Jason Jorgenson ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns as the Stags (7-1, 4-1) survived a scare from the visiting Bantams (2-6, 2-3). Colton Mead scored from a yard out early in the fourth quarter to give Deer Park a 27-12 advantage, but Clarkston scored two more TDs to close the gap.
Cheney 41, Pullman 0: Ben Bissell threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Blackhawks (7-1, 3-1) thundered past the host Greyhounds (1-7, 0-3). Zach Mitchell had two touchdowns – one receiving and one rushing – and Deric Igbinoba caught two touchdown passes for Cheney. The Blackhawks scored 21 points in the first quarter and led 34-0 at the half.
Newport 52, Lakeside (WA) 32: The Grizzlies (6-2, 3-2) exploded for 28 fourth-quarter points and defeated the visiting Eagles (1-7, 0-4). Keith Coulson ran for 300 yards on 24 carries and scored five touchdowns – four coming in the second half – for Newport. Jake Wiley added five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff for another score.
Riverside 35, Chewelah 13: Kit Major ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rams (5-3, 3-2) to a win over the host Cougars (3-4, 1-3). Major’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Riverside a 28-0 lead heading into the fourth.
Colfax 58, Springdale 36: Alvin Li returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and the Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0) beat the host Chargers (1-6, 1-5) in a shootout.
Colfax raced out to a 26-0 lead and cruised the rest of the way.
Kettle Falls 44, Liberty 13: Conner McKern threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and returned a kickoff for another score as the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-2) routed the host Lancers (1-7, 0-5). Austin Anderson added two rushing touchdowns for Kettle Falls, which led 38-7 after three quarters.
Northeast 1B North
Columbia-Inchelium 72, Curlew 34: Marvin Reyes ran for 262 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Timberwolves (3-5, 2-2) past the visiting Cougars (1-6, 0-5). Columbia-Inchelium dominated, amassing 599 rushing yards on 53 carries. Jamie Zerck threw for three scores for the Timberwolves.
Wellpinit 54, Selkirk 14: A.J. Kieffer ran for 204 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead the Redskins (7-1, 4-0) past the host Rangers (2-6, 1-4) at Ione. Kieffer scored three touchdowns in the first half and the other two in the third quarter.
Northeast 1B South
Almira/Coulee-Hartline 41, Mansfield 0: The Warriors (8-0, 2-0) scored 28 first-quarter points and eased past visiting Mansfield (0-6, 0-3). Colin Deyarmin returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia 41, Tri-Cities Prep 8: Craig Nelson ran for five touchdowns to guide the Knighthawks (4-3, 1-3) to a rout of visiting Tri-Cities Prep (3-5, 0-4). Nelson scored the first four touchdowns of the game as the Knighthawks led 41-0 after three quarters.
LaCrosse-Washtucna 46, St. John-Endicott 0: Johnathan Holdren ran for the Tigercats’ first three touchdowns and Sawyer Hostetler gained 180 yards on the ground in a win over the Eagles (1-5, 1-3) that ended at halftime because of the mercy rule. The Tigercats are 4-4, 1-4.
St. Maries 25, Priest River 6: Luke Feasline threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns as the Lumberjacks (2-6, 1-3) beat the visiting Spartans (0-8, 0-3). Brad Bauer added 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns for St. Maries, which led 25-0 after three quarters.
Timberlake 49, Bonners Ferry 0: The Tigers (6-2, 3-0) clinched a playoff berth with a victory over the visiting Badgers (2-6, 1-2). Timberlake will take on Kellogg Friday for the league title.
Kootenai 48, Mullan 0: The Warriors (3-5, 3-5) clinched a 1A Division II playoff berth with a shutout of the visiting Tigers (1-7, 1-6) at Harrison. Daniel Whipple scored three touchdowns, including two in the first quarter, to guide Kootenai. The game was called in the third quarter because of the mercy rule.
Wallace 48, Lakeside (ID) 0: Casey McKinnon ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns as the Miners (7-1, 7-0) thumped the host Knights (7-2, 6-2) at Plummer. Kidman Cook also had a big game for Wallace. Cook had four touchdowns.
Lake City 28, Sandpoint 21: Mitch Bevaqua ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth to give the Timberwolves (5-3) a come-from-behind win over the host Bulldogs (1-7). Nick Magro caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Chase Rodriguez in the second quarter that put Sandpoint ahead 21-14.
Wilbur-Creston 24, Cusick 20: Davey Ogle scored on a 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats (3-5) a win over the host Panthers (5-3). Hayden Herdrick and Ogle finished with two rushing touchdowns apiece.
Freeman 41, Kellogg 0: Quinn Robinson ran for three touchdowns and the Scotties (7-1) whipped the visiting Cardinals (4-3). Freeman scored 20 second-quarter points and led 34-0 at the half.
Davenport 28, Manson 14: Daniel Stauffer ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns as the Gorillas (4-4) beat the visiting Trojans. Davenport, which led 14-0 at the half, scored a touchdown in every quarter.
Northport 58, Republic 16: Jeremiah Johnson threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns as the Mustangs (5-3) routed the visiting Tigers (2-5). Northport’s David Higgins added 185 rushing yards and three touchdowns – two rushing and one receiving.