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This one had âUpset Specialâ written all over it. But Colvilleâs formidable defense turned in its biggest stop in a long, but memorable season and the Indians (12-0) moved into the State 1A championship game with a 20-14 semifinal win over upstart Cascade of Leavenworth last Saturday afternoon in frigid Albi Stadium (Spokane). Colville, ranked no. 1 or no. 2 depending on whether itâs a MaxPreps poll or state coaches poll, will oppose formidable and top-ranked Cascade Christian (12-0) in the Tacoma Dome (see related story) on Saturday for the Class 1A championship. Game time is 10 a.m.
Tough Royal next in quarterfinals
Colville High head coach Randy Cornwell has said more than once that his 10-0 Indians are an âall-weatherâ football team. Cornwell wasnât kidding.
CHS was more physical (nothing new there) and more inclined to play through temperatures in the teens at frigid Colville last Friday night. The result: An easy 52-14 win over visiting La Salle in the first round of the State 1A playoffs.
This mismatch was game, set, match early. Colville ran back the opening kickoff. The early lead was negated on a bonehead CHS penalty well behind the run.
Panthers struggle past Touchet
Once again, the Cusick Panthers were involved in a 1B- 8-man playoff game against the Touchet Indians that came down to the final minutes, and once again the Panthers came out on top, this time with a hard-earned 34-28 road victory over a rugged opponent.
âWhenever we play Touchet itâs that way,â said CHS head coach Sonny Finley. âWe were expecting a close game the whole wayâŠwe really didnât expect it to come down to the final possession again, but it did.â
in Spokane Friday
Quarterback Aaron Fritts and the twinsâseniors Alex and Angelo Riveraâall ran for more than 100 yards to lead streaking Republic (10-1) to a 56-0 smashing of Pomeroy in a State 1B (eight-man) playoff game last Friday night at frozen Kettle Falls.
The playoff game had been moved from Republic because of alleged issues with the Tigersâ home field (no press box and no fence around the perimeter of the field).
Cornwell, âCarpâ Coaches of the Year for Indians
Colville High (9-0) dominated this yearâs Northeast A League All-League selections that were announced on Monday.
The second-ranked Indians, who drew a first round bye this week and wonât know their first state playoff opponent until likely at least Nov. 8 or 9, got considerable respect from fellow NEA coaches during the selection process.
As they should have.
Chewelah or DP
Colville High split a pair of Northeast A League volleyball match-ups to end the regular season last week. The Indians (9-5), the leagueâs third seed to this weekâs District 7 1A Tournament at Lakeside and Freeman, eased past visiting Deer Park, 25-9, 25-23, 26-24, back on Oct. 28 before losing on the home court last Thursday to NEA co-champion Lakeside, 25-10, 25-16, 28-26.
until next week
Colville High (9-0), mostly untested to date this fall, clinched the outright Northeast A League football championship last Friday night by bull-rushing outclassed Lakeside, 46-14.
The Indians were led by NEA Offensive MVP, Colton Vining. The 5-7, 175-pound senior rushed for a career high 257 yards (27 carries) and scored four touchdowns.
The Indians dominated up front from the outset and managed to rush for a season high 438 yards. The previous high was 379 yards on the ground against Medical Lake.
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over top-ranked Freeman
Sometimes final scores can be deceiving. So it went last Friday night in front of a packed house at Colville High School, where the ninth-ranked Indians dominated from the outset in a convincing 28-7 rout of top-ranked and defending State 1A champion Freeman.
The game wasnât that close.
Colville (6-0) simply dominated the Scotties, who came in riding a 19-game winning streak. The only hiccup for the Indians was a 35-yard Freeman touchdown on the first play from scrimmage of the second half. That cut the CHS lead to 14-7.