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"27,2012 Thursday, September 27, 2012 Free Press Section 2 Page 1. sl Ri Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake's Jackson Tappero (14) is about to get tripped up by Randy Gordon (15) on his late-game run last Friday againstRiverside. Elijah Farmen's three interceptions help Medical Lake roll over-Rams 42-6 for first 4-0 start in a decade By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter After racing to a big victory the week before over Newport in the start of Northeast A League play, the Medical Lake Cardinals showed up last Friday for their Holliday Field game against Riverside with their offen- sive engine sputtering and in need of a tune-up. "We just weren't quite firing on all cylinders that first quarter," head coach Wes Hobbs said. But sophomore linebacker Elijah Farmen's sec- ond of an eventual three interceptions seemed to fix that miss and get the motor rtmning right as Medical Lake ultimately rolled to a 42-6 win for their fourth " straight victory and first 4-0 start since 2003. After watching their first drive end on the Riv- erside 25 with a fumble, and a second with a three- and-out, Farmen's first interception stopped a Rams' drive that had reached the Medical Lake 24. While that didn't fix things immediately when v.,the Cardinals" subsequent drive ended ironically with Farmen's dropped pass on third down, he did get his hands firmly on an Andrew Kramer pass in the next series for the second theft. Nine plays later, and following a Medical Lake :penalty that set up a fourth-and-seven at the River- side 7, Cardinals' quarterback Adam Paulson found Seth Hansen wide open in the left flat and the senior raced untouched into the end zone for a 6-0 lead with 4:57 remaining in the half following a missed try for point. "That was right on the borderline of being out of our comfort zone," Hobbs said of the decision to go forit on fourth down. Riverside would get pinned deep in their own territory on their next possession and a third-down play would turn disastrous as the snap sailed over Kramer's head and out of the end zone for a safety and an 8-0 Cardinals' lead 37 seconds after the touchdown. The resulting free kick gave Medical Lake poss~,. sign on the Riverside 40 and keyed by Austin Garza's See Cardinals page 10 Seattle win is whopper of a story in NFL officiating debacle By JOHN McCALLUM Editor You know how sometimes when you go fishing yon catch something that's too small, the wrong spe- cies or just so dang ugly that you don't want to take it home? What do you do - you throw it back. That's how I felt Monday night after the Seattle Seahawks improbable last-play wm over the Green Bay Packers. Ewww, ick, throw it back. I'm a Seahawks fan, don't get me wrong, but thanks to the : .... ' na reo, how,heyp ,,edou the win, throwing it back is the only respectable thing to do. ~ E How they won can be summed up in two words - replacement referees. OK, yes I know there are many more words to describe the current state of officiating in the NFL but we can't print those. For the non-addicted Monday Night Football fans, a last second throw by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was hauled down in the end zone by Packers safety M.D. Jennings and Seahawks receiver Golden Tale. One replacement official signaled touchdown, Contributed photo from" Weber State University ~e:other that time expired. It took a couple of Weber State def,ehclers to bj;[ng i~astern Washington's Jordan Talley down during last Saturday's Big Replay-showed Jennings really had the most: Sky Confe~'encegame Wonby E~n~h~2'L~'6'i ......... ~'~ ............. ................................................. control of the football throughout, but the ruling on the field was it was a simultaneous catch - and a tie always goes to the receiver. That decision was upheld by the NFL on Tuesday despite the disclosure by ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that the official signal- ing touchdown, Lance Easley, had only four years of officiating experience and none above the NCAA Division III level. The NFL in upholding the ruling conceded that prior to the catch, Tale should have been called for pass interference for shoving Green Bay's Sam Shields aside to make the catch - or combo catch. The play was the culmination of a weekend that once again featured questionable calls helping decide games and replacement officials struggling to control some contests, like Sunday night's Patriots-Ravens game that seemed to have pushing and shoving matches erupt at the end of almost every play. Many fans, and I'm one of them, hoped the Seattle- Green Bay fiasco might push both sides in the lockout of NFL regular officials towards the bargaining table. Alas, the signs don't look good. The NFL Referees Association and the league owners still have a ways to go before agreeing to a deal according to ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Of course, there's money, about $25 million to $30 million over 6-7 years. There are also pension payments the NFL sees as unfair and needing to be eliminated because it's money paid to part-time employees that some full- time league and team employees don't even receive. The NFL wants seven full-time officials at each position, something the Referees Association sees as a problem because that would require the existing part-time officials to leave their current full-time jobs and the NFL won't pay them the equivalent of two incomes. There's also the NFL's desire to have three ad- Late fumble recovery Montana with kickoff set for 4:05 p.m. "It was a total team effort and at Roos Field. Weber State is a very good football seals 32-26 BigSky Redshirt freshman quarterback team that we defeated," Baldwin said. Vernon Adams got the surprise start, "Any time you find a way to win on victory in Ogden, Oriz leading the now seventh-ranked Eagles the road and get it done, it's huge." to a 20-3 halftime lead before cramps Padron started the second half, visit Roos Saturday made him leave the game. but threw an interception that led Adams led Eastern (1-0, 2-1) toto a Weber State touchdown and FROM STAFF AND NEWS scores on four of five drives in the first two-point conversion, pulling the SERVICE REPORTS half as the Eagles took a 20-3 lead. He Wildcats to within 20-11. The scene was different but so much finished the game 7-of-12 for 75 yards, However, Eastern scored the next of last Saturday's Eastern Washington and ran five times for 62 yards. Junior two times it had the ball, with Pavel University season-opening 32-26 Big transfer Kyle Padron came off the making his third field goal of the Sky Conference victory over Weber bench to complete 11-of-17 passes for game and Padron throwing a 23-yard State had such a familiar ring to it. 149 yards and a TD. He led Eastern touchdown pass to Brandon Kaufman With 34 seconds remaining, Jerry to three second-half scoring drives, to give EWU a 29-11 advantage. Ceja sacked Wildcats' quarterback Mike "Kyle stepped in and made a lot of That TD came after the fifth career Hoke and forced a fumble that Will huge throws," EWU head coach Beau interception for senior safety Jeff Katoa pounced on at the 50-yard line Baldwin said. Minnerly, who also completed a pass to clinch thewin at Elizabeth Dee Shaw "This has been more of a battle than on a fake field goal attempt earlier in Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah. people think," Baldwin added in a post- the game. For Katoa, it was quite a homecom- game radio interview as he addressed The Wildcats used a 71-yard catch ing of sorts as he graduated in 2009 the battle to be the Eagles' starting and run to pull within 29-19 at the from Judge Memorial High School quarterback. "I was proud of bothQB's end of the third quarter. The Eagles, down in Salt Lake City. tonight. Obviously Vernon did some however, responded with a 13-play, [t was just a year ago when Charles great things in that first half." 85-yard drive that took 8:35 off the Moetului forced a fumble with 21 sec- Sophomore running back Jordan clock, capped by the fourth field goal onds left that was recovered by team- Talley scored twice and Jimmy Pavel of the game by Pavel. mate Anthony Larry on the Eastern kicked four field goals for the Eagles, Weber State (0-1, 0-4) scored again 17. The Eagles held on to claim a 27-21 who out-gained Weber 447-422 in total to pull within six, then got the ball Roos Field victory over Weber and offense.Talleyfinishedwith60rushing back with 1:49 left at their own 14- earned their first win of 2011 after an yards and Quincy Forte had a team- yard line. They drove 36 yards before 0-4 start, leading 65 as EWU had 206 as a team. It the sack and fumble. The Eagles now play their first was Eastern's best rushing performance home game of the year Sa~rday versus since the 2010 season. See EWU football page 10 See Crunch Time page 2 Eagles, Griz tangle at Roos Saturday Nationally-ranked teams always put on a show to remember FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS It's a long-awaited home open- er for the Eastern Washington University football team, but one with plenty on the line. Meeting for the 11th time in 17 years with both teams nationally- ranked, the No. 7 Eagles host the 21st-ranked Montana Grizzlies Saturday in a game televised live regionally on Root Sports. Kickoff at Roos Field is 4:15 p.m. in EWU's latest home start since 1981. The radio broadcast of this week' s game, featuring Larry Weir, Paul Sorensen and Keith Osso, starts I 1/2 hours prior to kickoff with the Eagle Tailgate Show. It may be heard on 700-AM ESPN, via the web at www.700espn.com and via iPhone application (search for "700 ESPN" and download the free app). The broadcast is also available via www.tunein.com and tunein's mobile phone app. The Eagles, ranked seventh in this week's Sports Network NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Top 25 poll are 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Sky Conference after last week's 32- 26 escape at Weber State. Eastern. scored seven times on offense, but needed a fumble recovery after a sack with 34 seconds to play to preserve the victory. "More than anything, we are going to keep working on our details and the things we need to improve as a team," Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said after the narrow win over the winless Wildcats. "We are going to learn from this game very quickly, then we have to move on. The Montana game is a pretty big one for us." The Grizzlies, meanwhile, suffered a rare home loss and fell' to Northern Arizona 41-31. The Lumberjacks scored 34 unan- swered points to drop the Griz- zlies to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big Sky Conference. As a result, the Grizzlies fell from 14th to 21st in the Sports Network poll, while NAU jumped into the rankings at 22nd. See EWU-Griz page 10 Deer Park nd Cheney g rls cross country team's winning streak at 18 rd Insurance i state filings s, depending ualify for the policy mus[ not available :le under the Photo by John McCallum Senior Corey KI0tz-Brooks leads the boys' pack over a small rise at Salnave Park in competition between Cheney, Deer Park and East Valley last Wednesday. Blackhawk boys straight unbeaten seasons, 18 secondfor Cheneywithatime of Rounding out the Cheney straight wins. 21:08, followedbyAnikaKuula, varsity finishes were Karlie and girls earn split The Blackhawk girls man- Johanna Sherman and Mattie Eaker, 24th at 25:08.5 and Van- aged to stay close to Deer Park McNair, 10th-12th overall and essa Fricker, 25th at 25:08.8. with wins over EV in the early GNL standings by third through fifth scoring for The Blackhawk boys" kept knocking off the Knights 23-32. Cheney with times of 22:00.2, close contact with their Stag By JOHN McCALLUM The Cheney boys also earned a 22:36.7 and 22:58.5. counterparts until about the Editor split, losing 22-33 to a Deer Park East Valley's Alyssa Harmon 2.5-mile mark where Deer Park's The Cheney girls' cross squad picked as the preseason finished third overall with a time Daniel Amann pulled away from country team's Great Northern league title favorite, but edging of 20:26, with Deer Park's McK- the pack to win with a time of League dual meet winning an East Valley squad that also enna Adams fourth in 21:00.03, 16:22.4, with East Valley's Scott streak came to an end last week figures to be in the final mix, with the remaining four Stag Kopcynski 10 seconds back in at the hands of a smart-running 25-32. scoring runners finishing sixth second and Deer Park's Nolan .Deer Park squad. The Stags Sanne Holland led all girls' through ninth in a 25 second gap Woodard third at 16:37.6. placed all five of their scoring runners on the 3.1-mile Salnave that began with Karri Gallant's Cheney's Kyle Lerch was runners in the top10 to down the course, finishing with a time 21:11.4 and finished with Anna fourth at 16:42.9 with Corey Blackhawks 24-31in competition of 19 minutes, 27 seconds, 30 Cartee's 21:36.4. Klotz-Brooks fifth in 16:46.1. at Salnave Park last Wednesday seconds ahead of East Valley's "That 25-second gap is pretty Nick Steele started out near the that included East Valley, end- Brittney Aquino in second. Marl- good," Cheney. head coach Jay ing Cheney's streak of three ah Brenton was fourth overall, Martin said. See CHS cross country page 10