Colville scores decisive victory over Newport

Chris Rader
Staff Writer

Holley ran the opening kickoff back 60 yards for a touchdown to get things started for the Indians, and then the defense forced a quick three and out by Newport on their first possession. After the punt, Colville went on a 13 play, 73-yard drive, done mostly on the ground, with Grant Michaliszyn capping the drive with a nine yard run for a 14-0 lead. Early in the second quarter an interception by Colville set up the offense to go on a 12 play, 65-yard drive, with Holley gaining 30 of those yards.
Holley finished the drive off with a one-yard plunge to give CHS a 21-0 lead. Before half, Colville was able to force another turnover, but was not able to turn it into points, but after CHS turned it over on downs, Newport took the ball and drove it down to inside the Indians one-yard line.
The defense stiffened and turned the Grizzlies away on downs and this play would loom large later in the game. “The defense made a great goal line stand there. If Newport gets that touchdown there, it’s 21-7 and they have some momentum going into halftime,” said Cornwell. In the third quarter, Colville put their last scoring drive together, the 40-yard drive included two fourth down conversions including the score on 4th and goal from the 11-yard line, on a pass completion from Knight to Flugel.
“Dawson made an adjustment on his route to get open and John saw him,” said Cornwell. “That’s a play that comes with experience, that was a real mature play by those guys.”
The touchdown put Colville up 28-0 after three quarters, but in the fourth quarter NHS started to find some life on offense, scoring on a 29 yard run by Jacob Kirkwood and a six-yard pass from Pancho to Danny Bradbury. Those scores cut the deficit to 28-14, but the Grizzlies didn’t have enough time to mount a full comeback and the Indians were able to run out the clock.

CHS (4-1, 3-0) is on the road this week, playing at Medical Lake (0-5, 0-3), kickoff is at 7 p.m.