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,  I i .---  . - _--  n .iUmaimtaiH[eiil - . _-" - i* a" -,' L-' IDa|| ||iiE mWI --  ...... | Pag 12 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, September 24, 2009 Cards win 'D' keys win liner somq said. Iq continued from page 1 acker but we're looking at other possibilities," Hobbs obbs was able to throw a pretty good mix at the Eagles Fri- day. im Haynes carried ! 1 times for 90 yards and Brendan Heikkila seven carries for 50 yards. Each scored once. The first Medical Lake drive got a jump-start when Haynes returned the opening kickoff 30 yards to the 50. Powers finished nine plays later with a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:32 to go in the first quarter. Lakeside drove to the Cardinal 34 and was working for the tie when Eagles" quarterback Chad Brinkman fired a pass down the left sideline that was picked off by Nick Pacheco at the 7. Againitwas Powers who played a key part in an 11-play drive that put Medical Lake up 12-0, 1:14 into the second half. Both Cardinal PATs failed, the first a kick and the the way to a touchdown and made continued from page 1 Homecoming continued from page 1 quick" and the senior was gone 60 yards for the score with 17.9 seconds before halflime. The Hawks punted on their first possession of the third quar- ter, and Cheney defensive back Dalton Harding ended the Pirates' first possession with an intercep- tion on the Hawks six. In one of the strangest exchanges of the night, the Hawks fumbled the snap on second and six, with Rogers' recovering on the 10, but on the next play, Cheney defensive line- man Mike Robinson stole the ball from the Pirates' running back and himbred down around the Rog- ers 40 before being tackled. A holding penalty brought the ball back to the Cheney 15, and five plays later at the Rogers 34, Bissel hit Adams in the left flat with a touchdown pass for a 35-6 lead. A Rogers punt put the Hawks at their own 4, and on second and eight to begin the final 12 minutes, Adams took an inside handoff and cut up field for 94 yards and a 42-6 lead. Rogers added a final score with 5:20 remaining in the game, capping a 64-yard drive with a 35- yard TD run by quarterback Tyler Lehman. Cheney had 494 yard of total offense, 340 rushing, while hold- ing Rogers to 256 total yards. Williams said they fixed a few things, and with the exception of a couple times where the defense was caught out of place on as- signments and gave up some long runs, everything "clicked" on both sides of the ball. The Hawks will have their hands full this Friday with a much-improved Cardinals team that has opened with a 2-1 record. Medical Lake features a big run- ning back in Ben Powers, and experience and versatile with quarterback Nick Pacheco. Williams said they wouldn't second a pass for two. The second half opened, with fireworks on both sides. After a three-and-out Eagles drive that ended in a short punt to the Cardinals" 35, Medical Lake reeled off a 10-play drive that was about to put them up by three touchdowns, but Powers had his only blemish on the evening when he fumbled on the 5. Butif he hadn't already, he'd make up for it. On the ensuing kickoff, CJ Tan- her raced 85 yards for the Eagles' first touchdown with 11:24 to play in the third quarter, cutting the Cardinals' margin to 18-7. The teams appeared on the verge of trading a pair of short pos- sessions, the Cards first going three- and-out before appearing to stop the Eagles for a big loss on a second down play. The referees, however, blew an inadvertent whistle which gave Lakeside a "do-over," which they turned into a 28-yard gain on do anything special for the Car- dinals, keeping the playbook simple to avoid what he termed as "paralysis by analysis." There will be challenges enough for both teams as they begin GNL play. "It's league now, all bets are off at this point," Williams added. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com it 18-13 game. And just when it seemed as though Lakeside might have re- gained a little momentum, it went away ]just as quickly. After trading three-and-outs, a Lakeside punt covered just 22 yards, giving the ball back to Medical Lake at their own 37. Powers would again literally carry his team - and periodically a number of Eagles too - down the field on a 12 play drive in which he touched the ball , nine times. Included was Powers' 4-yard touchdown run with 8:06 to go in the fourth for a 24-13 lead after Pacheco's pass to Ryan Owens was broken up. Powers would not only be a force on offense but special teams as well, recovering a Lakeside fumble on the kickoff, giving the Cards another Short field. This time they didn't waste it. Heikkila capped a seven play drive with a brilliant 16 yard run on third-and-3 for a 32-13 lead, making it a three-possession game after Haynes got the only successful Cardinal P AT with a pass from Pacheco with 4:11 remainm" g. Lakeside would get their final score with 3:11 to go, but Powers was there torecover the on-side kick at the Lakeside 40 and the Cards ran out the clock. Medical Lake outgained their NortheastA League foe 413 to 280 in total yards, picking up a 22-10 edge in first downs. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com Nichols had an off passing day going 14-25-0 for 146 yards. Jones also had an 85-yard kickoff return for.a touchdown shortened to 55 yards because of an illegal block penalty. Eastern finished the game with 10 pen- alties for 79 yards, but had no turnovers. There's no getting past the fact the day belonged to the Eagle defense. The Big Sky's leading tackler, linebacker J.C. Sherritt, finished with 16. He also recov- ered a fumble, and three of his tackles were for loss. . Middle linebacker Kyle Wilkins added 11 tackles. Hatch had eight tackles to go with the interception. Eastern re- corded four sacks, including 1 1/2 by defensive end Jacob Kragt. When Northern Colorado did get their offense going, their drives needed to last more than a hand- ful of plays to be effective. But Eastern's defense never allowed that. Of the 13 times the Bears had the ball, only three drives were for 10 or more plays. Twice the Bears turned the ball over on critical fourth down situ- ations deep in Eastern territory, each time needing just a yard for a fresh set of downs inside the 10. .............. missed a fourth down opportunity that would have given us an oppor- tunity to stick it in the end zone," UNC head coach Scott Downing said. Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most Dental Dentistry with Insurances Old Fashioned Care Accepted Accepting New Patients Airway Heights Family Dentistry 9713 W. 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