Lewiston led 27-6 with 8:19 to go, and the Bengals held on for a 27-25 win over Post Falls at PF.
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By Greg Lee
It wasn’t a typical Lewiston High football game Friday.
Nothing has been typical for
The two-time defending 5A Inland Empire League champs stayed in
the playoff chase, holding off a frantic
The game was seemingly over when the Bengals (4-3 overall, 1-1 league) scored their final touchdown for a 27-6 lead with 8:19 remaining.
But the Trojans (4-3, 0-2) scored three TDs in a 7-minute span and were a two-point conversion from forcing overtime when they ran out of magic.
“Way closer than it needed to be,”
The Bengals’ last three opponents had done everything but used a
road grader to pound the ball down their throats. Against the Trojans,
Offensively, the usually pass happy Bengals featured an effective running game that had been dormant for more than a month. Running back Tyler Johnson gained 124 yards on 25 carries including a 71-yard TD in the second quarter that allowed Lewiston to take a 14-6 lead into halftime.
The Bengals added a TD in the third quarter. Then in the fourth,
wide receiver Camden Bernatz caught a 21-yard pass that extended
But after forcing
The Trojans forced another four and out and got the ball back
with 2:03 to go at their 47-yard line. On fourth-and-five, Lickfold, who was in
the grasp of at least one
But for the strangest reason, the Bengals attempted a pass that
Two plays later, Lickfold found Clark one more time as he got
“Our kids were resilient,” PF coach Jeff Hinz said. “They’ve
proved that all season, coming back against
PF isn’t mathematically eliminated, but it needs
Hinz was most frustrated by the fact that his team was lackluster for more than three quarters.
“We just kind of sputtered, sputtered, sputtered on both sides of the ball,” he said. “I told the kids I don’t know if we played the full 48 minutes.”
University of Idaho-bound Podrabsky injured his non-throwing shoulder just before halftime, but came back and played most of the second half. Dougherty said he would most likely sit out next week when the Bengals travel to No. 1-ranked Capital.