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Post Falls tops East Valley with second-half surge

Through two quarters, East Valley responded every time Post Falls scored. The second half was a different story.

The Trojans gained control after halftime and beat the host Knights 49-35 Friday night in a nonleague game.

Post Falls outscored East Valley 21-7 after halftime.

Tyson Johnson scored the Trojans’ final two touchdowns. Johnson finished with 135 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored three times.

Post Falls’ quarterback Joey Pfennigs was just as efficient, completing 11 of 13 passes for 130 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Taylor Watkins did everything for East Valley. Watkins completed 20 of 33 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns. J.T. Phelan and Gage Burland both caught two touchdowns for the Knights.

Post Falls improved to 3-1 and East Valley fell to 1-2.

West Valley 14, Sandpoint 12: Dylan Ellsworth and Tyler Stavnes ran for touchdowns in the first quarter and the Eagles’ defense shut down the visiting Bulldogs in a win. Sam Nitzy scored a 2-yard touchdown and Ben Schmid threw for a score in the second quarter, but Sandpoint missed point-after kick and a two-point conversion. Ellsworth ran for 172 yards on 28 carries for West Valley, which improved to 3-0. The Bulldogs fell to 1-2.

Lakeside (WA) 35, Medical Lake 7: Jimmie Day ran for 128 yards on 22 carries and scored four total touchdowns to guide the Eagles (1-2) past the visiting Cardinals (1-2). Day ran for two scores and also returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns. Micah Tappero scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter for Medical Lake.

Chewelah 54, Tonasket 0: The Cougars (1-1) overwhelmed the visiting Tigers from the get-go. Derek Smith scored five total touchdowns – three rushing, one passing and a fumble return. The Cougars led 28-0 after the first quarter and held Tonasket to 50 yards of total offense.

Wilbur-Creston 60, Republic 28: Davey Ogel threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Wildcats ran over the host Tigers. Mason Copeland added 123 rushing yards on 12 carries for Wilbur-Creston (2-1), which led 38-14 at the half. Alex Rivera ran for two first-half touchdowns for Republic (0-3).

Almira/Coulee-Hartline 48, Garfield-Palouse 24: The Warriors built a comfortable first-half lead and cruised to a win over the visiting Vikings. Derek Isaak scored the first three touchdowns – two rushing and another on a punt return – for Almira/Coulee-Hartline (3-0). Anthony Floyd had two second-half touchdowns for Garfield-Palouse (1-1).

Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 36, Kittitas 13: Chris Steinmetz ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a win over host Kittitas. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague scored 14 points in the third quarter to take a 29-0 lead into the fourth. Ryan Whitmore hauled in a touchdown reception and forced a safety for the Broncos (2-0).

Intermountain League

Bonners Ferry 32, St. Maries 31: The Lumberjacks scored the final two touchdowns of the game, but they weren’t enough to beat the visiting Badgers in both teams’ league opener. Luke Feaseline threw for 443 yards and five touchdowns for St. Maries (0-3, 0-1), which converted just one of its five conversion attempts. Christian Tocke ran for a touchdown and threw for another score to guide Bonners Ferry (1-3, 1-0).

Northeast A

Freeman 52, Riverside 28: Quinn Robinson exploded for 281 rushing yards and four touchdowns and the Scotties beat the visiting Rams in a league opener. All four of Robinson’s scores came in the first half. Freeman quarterback Cody Unfred completed all eight of his pass attempts with two of them going for touchdowns. He also ran the ball 10 times for 110 yards and a score. The Scotties improved to 3-0 and 1-0 in league play while Riverside fell to 1-2 and 0-1.

Newport 33, Colville 28: Keith Coulson ran for two touchdowns and caught another as the Grizzlies edged the visiting Indians. Colville scored the final two touchdowns to close the gap to five, but couldn’t come away with the win.

Northeast 2B

Reardan 21, Kettle Falls 14: Johnny Kieffer ran for 169 yards and a touchdown to lead the Indians (2-0, 1-0) to a win over the host Bulldogs in a league opener. Connor McKearn threw his second touchdown pass with less than 2 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Kettle Falls recovered the ensuing onside kick. McKearn finished with 278 yards on 15-of-29 passing to lead the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1).

Springdale 48, Liberty 0: Emanuel Welch scored two touchdowns and the Chargers dominated from the outset in a rout of the visiting Lancers (0-3, 0-1). Mitchell Peone opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Springdale (1-1, 1-0) never let up.

Southeast 2B

Asotin 15, Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia 14: Grant Parsons kicked a 25-yard field goal with 10 seconds left to give the Panthers (2-1, 1-0) a win over the Nighthawks (2-1, 0-1) in a league opener.

Northeast 1B

Wellpinit 66, Curlew 20: Kyle McCrea scored four touchdowns – all coming in the first half – as the Redskins routed the visiting Cougars (0-2, 0-1) in both teams’ league opener. McCrea had two rushing touchdowns, a receiving touchdown and an interception return for another score. Greg Wynecoop threw for two touchdowns for Wellpinit, which remained undefeated at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in league.

Cusick 56, Selkirk 14: Ryan Sample ran for four touchdowns to lead the Panthers past the visiting Rangers. Derrick Bluff and Eli Peterson added two rushing touchdowns apiece for Cusick (2-1, 1-0). Trevor Grant and Avery Miller ran for scores for Selkirk (1-2, 0-1).

Northport 41, Columbia-Inchelium 16: David Higgins ran for 149 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Mustangs past the visiting Timberwolves (1-2, 0-1). Northport (2-1, 1-0) took a 14-0 first-quarter lead and held control the rest of the way. Higgins scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

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