Lakeside rolls over Colville

Going into the season, Colville High head coach Randy Cornwell knew there would be nights like this. In one of the worst beatings a CHS football team has absorbed in many years, the decidedly inexperienced Indians dropped a 41-7 decision to visiting Lakeland High last Friday night. For the Indians, who lost some key personnel to graduation on a 2010 team that finished 9-1, the inexperience was evident against a Lakeland team that was playing its second game of the season. The Hawks opened the season with a loss in Coeur d’ Alene to Lake City. Colville never managed an offensive touchdown. The Indians’ lone score came when senior middle linebacker Alex Pond scooped up a Lakeland fumble and scored from 10 yards out late in the first quarter. Barely 100 yards Colville managed only 38 yards rushing on 31 carries. Senior quarterback Scott Sheehan was five of 12 through the air for 63 yards and one interception. Meanwhile, Lakeland quarterback Eric Cooper pretty much had his way with Colville’s green secondary, completing 14 of 18 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns (8 and 21 yards). The Hawks rushed for 150 yards. For Colville, a steep learning curve continues. Cornwell promised that his young team will get better. “That was pretty much our worst nightmare,” Cornwell said of the Lakeland loss. “It’s hard to find any positives…this is our reality. We have a lot of young kids who probably should be playing on the junior varsity. “There is nowhere to go but up. We know we will get better.” Cornwell can’t remember absorbing a one-sided loss like that since the Indians were playing in the old Border League. “We took some one-sided losses back in the first couple of years I was coaching here,” Cornwell said. “The Border League was tough.” WEST VALLEY NEXT It doesn’t get any easier for Colville this week. Great Northern League power West Valley, a 20-0 winner in their opener last Friday over the Moscow Bears, will host Colville Friday at 7 p.m. West Valley’s Tyler Stavnes tossed first quarter touchdown passes of 2 and 50 yards to shut down visiting Moscow (0-1). “It doesn’t get any easier this week,” Cornwell said. “West Valley is better than Lakeland.” Cornwell admitted that Lakeland, operating out of something of a “hybrid defense,” caused some problems for a Colville offensive line that was expected to be a team strength this fall. They looked anything but that against Lakeland. “We looked really slow and played slow,” Cornwell said. “We kind of had that deer in the headlights look.” It’s still early, but Colville’s non-league schedule is a rigorous one. Cornwell hopes to have the Indians in competitive mode once the Northeast A League season gets started on Sept. 16 at Newport. ‘…we have a lot of young kids learning on the fly.’ “We are going to coach better and play better,” he said. “We have a lot of young kids learning on the fly…we have some physically immature kids and some physically mature kids who are going to have to step up. “We aren’t discouraged, but we have a lot of work to do. We’ll just keep plugging away…work harder and get better.” Four teams will qualify for the post-season and NEA crossover games in November with the Caribou-Trail League. There is certainly plenty of motivation. Defensively, Colville was led by Pond with 12 tackles and that fumble return for a touchdown. Zak Thompson, a 5-9, 200-pounder, picked off a fumble in mid-air in the second half and rumbled 21 yards. Linebacker Julio Valencia was in on eight tackles. Colton Davis was also credited with eight tackles. Cornwell said that getting hard-hitting 5-10, 220-pound Jack Smith in the line-up at linebacker this week will help immeasurably. Smith wasn’t eligible to play against Lakeland because he didn’t have the requisite 12 practices in. ELSEWHERE In other non-league games involving NEA teams, Simon Schaffer scored on a 36-yard run with two minutes left in the game to lift visiting Pullman a 35-27 win at Nine Mile Falls over Lakeside (0-1). Pullman led 21-14 at the half, but Lakeside responded with 13 third quarter points. Senior speedster Jimmy Day rushed for 132 yards on 16 carries and scored twice for Lakeside. Justin Cialy hit on 13 of 23 through the air for 264 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns for Pullman. Freeman (1-0) took a 27-0 lead into the half and easily took down host Bonners Ferry, 39-7. Quinn Robinson totaled 134 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Scotties (1-0). He scored four touchdowns. Bonners Ferry dropped to 0-2. Timberlake (2-0) downed Riverside 17-6 at Chattaroy last Friday night. Newport buries outmatched Liberty early Marcus Conley returned a kickoff 89 yards in the second quarter for Riverside’s lone touchdown. Newport buried Liberty 55-0 as Keith Coulson and Brandon Roberts ran for two touchdowns. This one was no contest early. Newport scored 35 first quarter points and led 48-0 at the half against the hapless Lancers. Caleb Guske caught a six-yard scoring pass from Colton Mead with 27 seconds left in the game to lift Deer Park to a 37-33 non-league win over visiting Chewelah last Friday night. The Stags, who trailed 33-30 at the time, started their winning drive on their own 40-yard line with just over one-minute left in the game. Deer Park led 30-19 at the half, but Chewelah scored 14 fourth quarter points to take a late lead. Chewelah quarterback Derek Smith rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns. DP’s Mead was 19 of 28 through the air for 270 yards and four touchdowns. Stags’ receiver Dalton Hanson caught nine Mead passes for 120 yards. Hanson also ran for 92 yards on nine carries. LHS 41, CHS 7 LHS 14 14 7 6—41 CHS 7 0 0 0-- 7 LHS—Campbell 2 yd. run (Coffey kick) CHS—Pond 10-yd. fumble return (Johansen kick) LHS—Mallory 18 yd. run (Coffey kick) LHS—Horne 8 yd. pass from Cooper (Coffey kick) LHS—Cooper 1 yd. run (Coffey kick) LHS—Horne 21 yd. pass from Cooper (Coffey kick) LHS—Ransier 29 yd. run (kick blocked)