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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS I 3 Thursday, September 17, 2015 ical in aries By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter Medical Lake head football coach Wes Hobbs shook his head after looking at the stats report from last Friday's nonleague football game at Holliday Field with visit- ing St. Maries. His Cardinals dominated so many of the categories, winning the total yardage 349-276, time of possession by nearly 10 minutes and a 14-6 edge in first downs. Yet when the horn sounded the Lum- berjacks assured themselves of a fun trip in the winding roads back to Idaho after scoring a 42-12 win. Medical lake fell to 0-2 while St. Maries improved to 3-0. qmok at our time of possession, look at our first downs, look at our total yard- age and somehow we got beat 42-12," Hobbs said. The game was costly more than on the scoreboard as the Cardinals lost their leading rusher on the night, Dawson Lack, with an apparent hand injury and later sent junior lineman Nathan Davis to the hospital for observation following a hard hit to the neck area. "At one point we were potentially looking at three two-way starters out (with injuries)," Hobbs said. "They were falling like bowling pins," he added, referring to Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake quarterback Cory Wagner had to scramble a great deal against St. Maries. quarterback Cory Wagner who also had to be helped from the field but returned. Wagner would rush - well scramble - for 65 yards on the ground and finish the night 11-for-23 passing with 105 yards and an interception. But not before the Lumberjacks used big plays to break a 12-12 tie just before the midpoint of the second quarter. After Lack ignited the crowd with a 65-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes, 11 seconds to play in the second quar- ter, giving Medical Lake a 12-6 lead, St. Maries unloaded, scoring the next 36 points. "He made that cut on the sweep just like he's coached up to do and just fiat took off," Hobbs said of Lack's long run. Lack gave the Cards their initial lead with a less dramatic 13-yard run 2:03 into the contest and had 125 yards on just eight carries before exiGng the game. The bubble popped quickly when just 2:30 after Lack ignited the crowd with his run, Bryan Asbury went 50 the other way and following a failed 2-point conversion it was tied 12-12 on a fourth-and-two from the 15. "We're 12-12 and we should have been up 14-0," Hobbs said. Over the remainder of the second quar- ter the Lumberjacks' defense stiffened. The Cardinals went three-and-out on their next possession and gave the ball back to the visitors. St. Maries converted a crucial fourth- and-5 to keep a drive alive that ended in Hayden Humphrey's 13-yard touchdown pass from Keifer Gibson. After the suc- cessful 2-point conversion, that put the 'Jacks ahead 20-12 with 6:01 remaining in the half. Medical Lake drove to the St. Maries 37 where their drive stalled. Jake Seiler promptly took the punt back 76 yards for a score and a 26-12 lead at,he 1:56 mark. "We gave'em two scores of 50-plus (yards) in the first half and now you're kinda' in shellshock a little bit, the kids are stunned," Hobbs said. The teams exchanged interceptions on possessions to open the second half with Medical Lake's Bayden Hale snapping up a Gibson throw. But the Cardinals were unable to move it and gave the ball back on an interception that three plays later led to an 18-yard Asbury run, his second of three scores and a 34-12 lead with 6:53 to play in the third. After Medical Lake's next drive went nowhere St. Maries took just two plays before Asbury raced 52 yards for the final score with 4:24 to go in the third. The punishment the Lumberjacks handed out seemed to take a toll. "I don't know, for some reason we saw some of our leaders going down and we just didn't step up to pickup the slack," Hobbs said. Next game for the Cardinals is on the road against 2014's 1A state playoff semi- finalist, Colville, 1-1 after their 12-7 win over 2A West Valley of Spokane. Paul Delaney can be reached at Medical Lake' Nathan Davis was in the best of hand Friday By PAUL DELANEY staff to the field, who in After nearly an hour of Staff Reporter turn called on the city's careful attention by Medi- With 8 minutes, 32emergency medical crew cal Lake athletic trainer seconds remaining in last that watched from their Leslie Martin and staff, Friday's football game be- vehicle outside the south as well as EMTs from the tween Medical Lake and end zone. Medical Lake Fire Depart- visiting St. Maries the ac- "Theykeptthenecksta- men,, Davis, who was 'ion on the field suddenly bie and took care of him," placed on abackboard, was came to a halt when Cardi- Medical Lake athletics di- taken to a local hospital by halS' lineman, junior Nate rector Chris Spring said. ambulance for observation Davis, did not get up out of "We always err on the side and later released. a pile following a tackle, of cautionwhen there's any "He was feeling a little Officials summonedpossibility of neck or head bit of pain in his neck," the Medical Lake training or spine injury." Spring said. A lot of times Cardinals lose focus in soccer losses By PAUL DELANEY Medical Lake's lone goal in time when we're most Staff Reporter the 78th minute on an as- vulnerable, the first five Youth is what will sistfromNicoleWetherall, minutes of the half and everRu &!yhelp bring suc, Mary Neder and Cate Ca- the last five minutes of the c o ' edical,Lake poricci eachscored twice half. Madi Mueller and soccer'program, but for St. Georges. Medical AlexaYadamanettedgoals there are growing pains Lake was outshot11-7 with in in the first and second along the way. Emaiee Steinke making minutes of play, thefirstof That's how it was as five stops and Taylor Can- two goals each on the day the Cardinals opened their non two. for the pair. 2015 season with a pair of "We just couldn't put Higgins stressed to his nonleague losses, 5-1 at them away, we were get- team the importance of home to St. Georges, Sept. ting opportunities," Hig- staying focused the whole 10 and 4-0 on the road in gins said. time and make teams earn Pullman, Sept. 12. Mental mistakes hurt goals they score. "We started off real his team, Higgins said. Medical Lake began well," head coach Zane Lack of focus has beenNortheast A League play Higgins said. "We had the clear difference so far. this week with contests at five or six really good goal "And that's something we home this past Tuesday scoring opportunities in need to work on." versus Colville and today, the first 10-15 minutes of That was the case in the Thursday, Sept. 17 against the game." The Cardinals first couple of minutes in Deer Park at 4 p.m. at the trailed 1-0 at the half but Pullman. school's soccer field. then saw the Dragons score "We got two goals P a u I D e I a n e y three times in14 minutes to scored on us in the first c a n b e r e a c h e d a t run away with the game. two minutes of the game," pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. MakaylaGeiger scored Higgins said. "That's the com. continued from page 1 , win talked Monday night at the coaches' show about what Prukop brings to the Bobcats. "When you have a guy like that, especially such a great dual threat - he can Baldwin feels, however, his Eastern team can counter that with the edge ofhaving been battle-tested. "We've seenthe speed of the game/' Baldwin said. The game, another run, he can move, he can ,h extend plays, hecan add a QB i element to tbe run game, too, ' .... i MSU easily handled Divi- , sion II Fort Lewis, 45-14 on Sept 3 and Baldwin hinted the games for IVlSU can cut both ways. 11 l There s some freshness to them," Baldwin said. "I know one thing, coach (Rob) Ash I guarantee didn't want to start playing game-one and turn around and have a bye." sellout, will likely serve to pump up Eastern, which plays the first of five Roos Field games. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chenetffree ess. com. MEDICAL LAKE DENTAL CLINIC Bruce C. Tollllon, DDS when you get hit in a cer- lucky that the local fire threatening, there was not tain way it will give you department is able to staff a huge hurry for the am- what is called a "stinger," the games. "They do that bulance that transported that can shoot temporary voluntarily." In addition him to arrive with lights numbness to extremities, they are highly trained, and sirens. he said. and usually the chief, Jason Ironically, Davis suf- The time seemed to Mayfield, is there, too. fered the injury the night crawl by at a glacial pace as "You're at the mercy prior to his 17th birthday those in attendance looked of AMR (local ambulance and whenword traveled to for signs that Davis would company American Medi- the grandstands, as he was be OK. cal Response), there's a lot taken away to the hospital, During the wait, the of football games going on loud choruses of "Happy question was brought up in the area" Spring said. Birthday," were heard. by a St. Maries' fan why The city EMTs have "What I would say, there was not an ambu- the same level of training when that happens on our lance on site Spring ex- ambulance drivers have, campus that is our absolute plained that having the Spring explained. "We've worst day," Spring said. fire department staffing always been fortunate"However, the result was games fills the need that to have our city support our best day." other communities might that." P a u 1 D e l a n e y do with their local ambu- When first respond,can be reached lance.' ....... ers determined that the pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. Spring said they are injury to Davis was not life- com. YOU BEAT OUR PANELOF EXPERTS? CAN YOU BEAT YOUR & Cheney prizes every week!