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13, 2012 Thursday, September 13, 2012 SPORTS Free Press Section 2 Page 1 on. lked No. ege Foot- bye this Ogden, nference t Weber S6pt. 29 izzlies at &apos;eached at om._ e there's this, It's a the ex- we love witness- Lber that ,rice that t temper : encour- aid sup- .' officials rules to trying to xistence reached at !. Clutch catches, kicking, special teams lead to win for ML Cardinals recover late squib kick to help secure 22-16 win By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake head football coach Wes Hobbs will be the first one to tell you his team's kicking game could use a jolt: Last Friday night a portion of that aspect of the game worked perfectly, late at least, as the Cardi- nals (2-0) scored another thrilling 22-16 non-league football win over visiting Bonners Ferry at Holliday Field. Following his 44-yard touchdown toss to Kasey Kelly for the tie-breaking points with just 3:24 to play, senior quarterback Adam Paulson, who doubles as Medical Lake's place kicker and punter, executed the perfectly drawn up play to return the ball to his offense. Or did he? Photo by Paul Delanefy Medical Lake's I<asey Kelly (7) battles for a ball against Bonners Ferry's Bryan Yeomans (5) last Friday night. Kelly had four catches for 90 yards and the game win- -ning touchdown in the Cardinals' 22-16 win. "We sure didn't call for an onside kick, but what we did, we did what we wanted to do," Hobbs said. "The fact that it appeared like an onside kick was it kit that guy square in the eyes." As the ball caromed off the hands of the Badgers' up man at about the 50-yard-line, a swarm of Medi- cal Lake players pounced On the ball. They recovered arid let the Cards carefully run out the clock with a deriVe that ended on the Bonners Ferry 2 in the usual el-down "victory formation."  "We just didn't want to give them good field psition, we never dreamed it would go off that guy inthe front row,' Hobbs said. We were fortunate t6 get on the ball and ice the game away." The.plan was simply to squib kick, a worm- burner and hit it as hard as Paulson could, Hobbs explained. "The idea, with a six-point lead, was to make it difficult to return." To many at Holliday Field in Friday night's home felt, internally, that our passing game and a couple of other little things actually took off when we re- ally needed it." Medical Lake's first touchdown can be credited to the defense that had pinned the Badgers inside their own 10. Harrison Cochran would take advantage of a high snap on the punt and race in to block the kick while Logan Drinkard would recover for ML's first score, just 10 seconds into the second quarter. Paulson would hit Steven Velasquez for the two- point converszon and the Cards took an 8-0 lead to the locker room at the half. Bonners Ferry would tie it on a 5-yard Zach Wilson run with 8:01 remaining in the third quarter. The Cards' Seth Hansen put his team back in the lead with 4:04 to go in the third with his run on a delayed handoff and Paulson's run pushed ML into opener, the Cardinals" offense looked sluggish and" a 16-8 lead. OK its marks. The Badgers would launch a time-c6nsuming But Hobbs disagreed. "We struggled maybe a little bit," he said. "We See ML football page 4 Athletes' safety can start in the stands Photo by John McCallum Running back Austin Kautzman breaks into the open against Omak, an occurrence the senior anti other Blackhawks found plentiful in Cheney's 56-0 thump- ing of the Pioneers. i Omak no match for Cheney in 56-0 w n By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Omak learned the true meaning of the phrase "Speed kills" last Friday night, thanks to the Cheney football team. The Blackhawks ran around, through and past the visiting Pioneers, scoring all eight of their touch- downs on the ground, three by Austin Kautzman and two by Marquis Allen, in a 56-0 romp over the team from the 1A Caribou Trail League. If it wasn't for a couple penalties negating other scores and a running clock after a 40-point lead, it could have been worse. "We played pretty well and bounced back well," head coach Jason Williams said of his team's perfor- mance following a last-minute 12-6 season-opening loss to East Valley (Yakima) Sept. 1. Friday's game was pretty much over before it got dark. On its first possession Omak fumbled on a pass completion, and Cheney recovered at the Pioneers 37. One play later, Kautzman took a toss around the left side 37 yards to the end zone and 7-0 lead with just 22 seconds gone off the clock. After an Omak three and out Cheney took pos- session at its 23 and after an initial first down, thanks to a couple pelalties, wound up facing afirst and 22 at the 21. This time it was Allen busting another toss left for a big gain, stepping out of bounds at the Pioneers' 46. Three more runs by the senior led to his 14-yard scamper for a 14-0 lead. An illegal block in the back on Omak's next PUnt negated Eric Igbinoba's return to the Pioneers 25. But with the ball on its 48, Cheney smashed its way downfield, with Cameron Schlotter scoring from the 1. Igbinoba picked bff an Alexander Aguilar pass on Omak's next possession, and Kautzman followed with his second TD, a 20-yard run with 2:33 still to play in the quarter. Omak finally put together a drive that ended the first quarter and consumed the first 5:27 of the secOnd, but came up short on fourth down at the Cheney 27. Williams tried a new wrinkle in the Blackhawks offense with the Wildcat formation, inserting Igbino- ba at quarterback in place of starter Andrew Gra- ham, and a couple plays later on first and 10 at the Omak 46, the senior tossed left again to Kautzman, who picked up blocks, found holes and out ran the Pioneers to the end zone for his third TD. An Omak punt gave Cheney the ball at its 27, and a play later on second and three at the 34 Allen took a toss left and turned up field for a 64-yard TD run. The effort was for naught as a holding penalty downfield brought the ball back to the 30. Not to be denied, Allen did virtually the same See CHS football page 3 Lady Hawks win four straight to capture bronze at Lakeland Invite Contributed photo Cheney High School The Cheney Lady Hawks volleyball team pose with their med- als and bronze division trophy from the Lakeland Invitational Tournament last Saturday. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney volleyball team made the most of a bad draw at last Saturday's Lake- land Invitational. The Lady Hawks lost both matches in pool play, but rebounded to win four straight and bring home a first-place trophy in the Bronze Division of the annual North Idaho tourna- ment. Cheney 'drew a pair of upper classification teams to open the tournament: Coeur d'Alene of Idaho's 5A and Lewis and Clark of the 4A Greater Spokane League. The Lady Hawks played well in the first set but struggled in the second in their 25-19, 25-14 loss to the Vikings, but came within a point or two at crucial situations of upsetting the Tigers, losing both games by identical 25-23 scores. "We were right there in both matches," head coach Brianne Lowe said. "Just a few points here and there separated us." Cheney finished third in their pod, putting them into the Bronze Division. The Ladv Hawks downed host Lake- land 29-27, 25-18, overcame some hitting difficulties to edge Priest River 27-25, 20-25, 15-10 and rolled past Bonners Ferry 25-6, 25-20, putting them in the division's title match where they got a stel- lar hitting performance from senior right side hitter Liz Gill to down Kamiah 25-21, 25-9. "We got a trophy to bring home," Lowe said. Cheney's first-year head coach was pleased with her" team's performance in match- es that had them playing some good competition and cover- ing some road miles as well. Cheney opened play at Tim- berlake High School in Spirit Lake 11 miles up the road then finished with matches at See CHS volleyball page 3 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The contrast was so startling I had to chuck- le. Standing along the sidelines at any sporting event you hear a lot of things. Last Friday night at the Chenev football game with Omak, as I watched a Pioneers kickoff return a voice came ringing out of the stands: "Kill him! Kill him!" It's not the first time, and it won't be the last, but what cracked me up was the voice was fe- male. I couldn't tell if it was a student or some morn gone wild-eyed nuts, but the contrast was funny. It's not something unusual for football'. It's a violent sport that gets our primal fight or flight juices flowing - mainly fight. In one of the great- est stand up routines of all time the late, great comedian George Carlin said when comparing vcih basebailthat: "In baseball, during the game, in the stands/there's kind of a picnic feeling; emotions may run high or low, but there's not too much unpleasantness. In football, during the game in the stands, you can be sure that at least 27 times you're capable of taking the life of a fellow human being." I'm not here to chastise anyone because I've been, and probably will be, guilty of such public outcry. Guaranteed, once Eastern Washington University football opens at home; I'll be in full throat with suggestions to the defense on what to do with a Grizzly wide receiver on a crossing route over the middle. Sports overall are fraught with personal peril. Based on 2006 data compiled by the U.S. Con- sumer Product Sa{ety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (I'm going to check for their cameras at games) basketball topped all sports as to the number of injuries - 529,83Z Most of these were sprained ankles, broken legs and eye and forehead injuries. Next comes bicycling at 490,434 and not far behind, football with 460,210 injuries. Baseball and softball checked in fifth, 274,867, with soccer seventh, 186,544, and swimming eighth, 164,607. Also on the list were ATVs, mopeds and mini- bikes; exercise and exercise equipment, skiing and snowboarding along with lacrosse, rugby and other ball sports. It can be a violent world this world of sports. But football injuries usually get the largest press and that's not surprising given the nature of the game. While other contact sports - soccer, hockey, basketball - have their share of violent injuries, football tops all because one of the ideas behind the game is to physically stop your opponent from scoring by using your body essentially as a weapon. That might be harsh, but you get the point. It should be noted that coaches stress proper tackling techniques to prevent injury. A 2009 study by the University of North Carolina stated that "Between 1977 and 2009, 41 percent of cata- strophic injuries to 126 players below the pro- fessional level happened while tackling and 20 percent of those - 62 players - while tackling with the head down" which is bad form and not safe. .These catastrophic injuries have led to health problems in later life, something that has been known but never admitted until recently. Chief among these are concussions, which according to a 12-year study cited in an October 2010 article in "Health Day News" increased in severity among NFL players between 2002-2007 as compared to 1996-2001. Part of the increase was also a willingness from players to report concussions and medical and training staff taking a more conservative approach to allowing players to return to action. This is also taking place at the collegiate and high school levels, with more information leading to See Crunch Time page 10 _