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In one of the most lopsided outcomes in the annual Highway 395 cross-the-valley rivalry between Colville and Chewelah, the Indians pushed down the throttle and never let up on Friday the 13th, blasting host Chewelah 42-0.
After one of the poorest rushing performances in the recent history of the program one week earlier against unbeaten Freeman, the Indians cranked up their normally dependable ground game against a Chewelah team that lost 17 seniors from last season’s Northeast A League championship bunch.
The Indians, with 5-8, 170-pound sophomore Ryley Smith turning in a break-out performance with 153 yards (16 carries and one touchdown) and junior Colton Vining adding 115 yards (16 carries and two touchdowns), amassed 282 yards on the ground (39 carries).
Junior quarterback Ben Knight was six of 10 for 85 yards and one touchdown. He had another TD strike called back on a penalty. Knight also had three passed dropped.
Colville’s defense held Chewelah to 60 rushing yards (32 carries) and Cougars’ quarterbacks to 9 of 24 through the air for 84 yards.
The opportunistic CHS defense also picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles. Four of those five turnovers led to Colville touchdowns.
CHS head coach Randy Cornwell liked what he saw on both sides of the ball at Chewelah, especially after Freeman, who beat Colville 14-7 to open the season, followed that win over the Indians up with a 40-14 thrashing of class 2A Pullman last Friday.
Yes, it is all about perspective.
“Maybe Freeman is way better than we thought and we aren’t as far behind as I thought,” Cornwell said. “For sure, we still have a lot of work to do, but I thought our blocking and tackling were a lot better against Chewelah.
“We needed to bounce back and be more like us—we got back to being fundamentally sound.”
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