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Section 2 September 10, 2015 Cheney Free Press Photo by Al Stover Colville and Cheney line up last Friday night at Tom Oswald Field in the season-opener for both teams. Cheney rolled to a 28-0 victory behind the performance of Ty Graham who scored twice, once on offense and once on defense. By AL STOVER Staff Reporter History did not repeat itself for the Cheney High football team as they opened their 2015 season with an impressive 28-0 non-league win over the Colville Indians, last Fri- day. 12-10 in both teams' first game last season, the Blackhawks' defense prevented the Indians' offense from reaching the end zone this time. "I think it was a good showing," Cheney head coach Bobby Byrd said. "It's always a little nerve wracking to see how the team will come out While Colville defeated Cheney in the first game. Our boys executed rdinal fall at Orofino in the plan to a T and our secondary cleaned up nicely." Byrd praised his team's defense, saying Colville's offense is not easy to prepare for, nor is it easy for Cheney's offense to replicate in practice. "Zero points is zero points," Byrd said. "The nice thing is we have the ability to lean on our defense a little." Junior Chris Fuentes had a stand- out night, recording 10.5 tackles and a sack while senior Ty Graham, had 5.5 tackles and an interception. Graham also had some highlights on the offensive side of the ball, scor- ing a touchdown on the Blackhawks' first play of the game early in the first quarter. In the second quarter, senior Brayden Butikofer capped an of- fensive drive with a 5-yard rushing touchdown, followed by a successful 2-point conversion to make the score 14-0. Butikofer ran for 55 yards on 11 carries. Graham scored his second touch- down on a punt recovery in the end zone in the third quarter. He finished the game with 136 rushing yards on 16 carries. Senior quarterback Josh Martin capped Cheney's lead with a 2-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Martin was 4 for 8 and 69 yards passing. "The offense had a good showing, they did what they needed to do," Byrd said. "Josh Martin did good at quarterback. He made plays and had a good night, though star-wise it doesn't show it. We'll work on re- shaping routes and pass returns." Byrd said both offense and de- See CHS football page 2 ame Contributed photo by Tabby Haslcett/Clearwater Tribune Medical Lake's Phillip Murray tumbles into the end zone with an Orofino defender wrapped around him, scoring the Cardinals' only touchdown in last Friday's sea- son-opening 19-7 loss to the Maniacs in a weather-shortened game. Sudden lightning storm brings early end to Mcd !cal Lake,s season,opener; Home opener is FrMay at Holliday Field versus St. Maries By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Friday's season opening nonleague foot- ball game in Orofino left Medical Lake head coach Wes Hobbs Wish- ing for more. Playing 28 minutes of a 48 minute game where he found his team close to putting it all together on a number of occasions, Hobbs, his Cardinals and the home standing Maniacs had to defer to Mother Nature. A rainstorm, much- needed to douse area wildfires, but accompa- nied by copious light- ning strikes, rolled into the Clearwater River Valley just after half- time, forcing the can- ceIlation of the rest of the game with Orofino leading 19-7. "I've played in plenty of storms and whatnot but I have not been in the middle of that," Hobbs said. "When that rain came in we were bailing water out of everything we owned." Orofino (2-0) built a 12-0 lead in the first quar- ter on a pair of touchdown passes from Matt West, a 10-yarder to Bayley Noah and Gabe Turner's 5-yard catch. West finished 4 of 8 for 77 yards. Medical Lake's Phil- lip Murray scored on a 5-yard run with 2 min- utes, 48 seconds into the second quarter with Cory Wagner adding the point- after to cut it to 12-7. On Orofino's ensu- ing possession, Tyler Schwartz rambled 43 yards with 7:36 remain- ing in the half to put his team up 19-7. Then the gorgeous night for football got ugly, and in a hurry. "The rain came first and it came down like there was no tomor- row," Hobbs said. Then the lightning came, first occasionally and then nearly constantly. The frequency of the strikes increased to ev- ery 10 minutes, then it was eight minutes, then it was five minutes, Hobbs said. "It was just dancing everywhere." According to the See ML football page 2 After solid effort at Oregon, Eastern tries to collect first-ever victory in Northern Iowa's UNI dome By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter From ear-splitting noise outdoors, to ear-splitting / Photo by Harlan Shellabarger Eastem Washington's All-American receiver Cooper Kupp delivers a stiff-arm at Oregon defender Ugo Amadi last Saturday. Kupp had another standout perfor- mance when he estab- lished Autzen Stadium records for catches with 15 and yards with 246. Kupp will have another hostile stadium crowd to try to quiet this Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa where the Eagles face perennial FCS power, the Northern Iowa Panthers.. noise indoors. That's the environment No. 7 Ea~stern Washington faces as they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa this Saturday for an11 a.m. Central Time kickoff at No. 14 University of Northern Iowa's UNI Dome, However, if 58,000 scream- ing fans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene didn't much rattle the Eagles in their 61-42 opening See EWU-UNI page 3 Eastern collects both respect, nd their check at Oregon By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Sometimes there's no place like be- ing live to really soak in a college football game. Other times, how- ever, when the dis- tance is just a bit too far for a quick road trip, the comfort of the living room and the 55-inch flat screen was the perfect place to catch the kickoff of the 2015 college football season. Montana and North Dakota State can claim to playing first, but the season really hit high gear this past Saturday with many a head-turner - and certainly a head scratcher in Pullman. Arguably the best final seconds, unless you live and breath Nebraska See Crunch Time page 3