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Thursday, October 4, 20i2 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 Blackhawks end two-game skid, face East Valley in league showdown Friday By JOHN McCALLUM Editor In all its preparation to take on Cheney last Friday night, the Sand- point Bulldogs might have overlooked Contributed photo from Terry Mills a key part of the Blackhawks offense Oheney defensive back Calvin Berstler - Austin Kautzman. (11i hauls down a Sandpoint runner for That was a crucial mistake because one of his nine tackles in the Blackhawks all the senior tailback did was rush 35-13 road win over the Bulldogs. for 151 yards and three touchdowns - including a 94-yard kickoff return a reminder of what the team is capable en route to Cheney's 35-13 road win. of doing. The win not only ended a twoTgame "We definitely can run the ball losing skid for the Blackhawks, mov- when we want to," head coach Jason ing them to 2-3 'overall, but served as Williams said. Cheney ran for 316 yards against the Idaho 4A Bulldogs (1-4), achieving one of the goals Williams said they set for themselves in the game, controlling the clock. They also got good special teams play, evider~ced by Kautzman's touch- down in the fourth quarter after the Bulldogs scored to pull within 21q3. Cheney's first score came via the short field, marching 27 yards in three plays, with Kautzman scoring from the 4 with 2:26 to go in the first quarter. Sandpoint countered with an 11-play, 73-yard drive, with Chase Rodriguez scoring on a 7-yard pass from quar- terback Nick Prindiville but the Black- hawks swung back with a drive of their own, 75 yards in seven plays to run 8 minutes and 40 seconds off the clock with Kautzman scoring from the I for a 14-7 halftime lead. A six-play drive capped by Eric Ig- binoba's 12-yard TD run gave the Black- hawks a 21-7 lead midway through the third quarterl Sandpoint closed to within eight points on a seven-play, 70-yard drive, with running back Matt Lockey scoring from the 1. But Kautzman's 94-yard score ne- 'gated that, and the Blackhawks then forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over on downs deep in their territory, mounting a four-play 27-yard drive capped by Andrew Graham's 1-yard score with 2:12 to play that sealed the win. William~ said his team had a good week of practice heading into the game and coming off a disappointing 22-20 last-minute loss to Pullman to open Great Northern League play. The Blackhawks were much more physical against the Bulldogs this week on both sides of the ball. See CHS football page 3 Medical Lake's defense paves road to win over Lakeside Five turnovers, two goal line stands key to 20-7 Cardinals' win Photo by Paul Delaney Eastern Washington's Brandon Kaufman beats Montana's Sean Murray in the second quarter for the first of his two touchdown catches in the Eagles' dramatic come-from-behind 32-26 Big Sky football victory last Saturday at Roos Field. Kaufman also caught a TD pass during Eastern's rally that saw them score twice in the final 2:19 of the game. Quarterback Adams overcomes mistakes with two touchdown passes in final 2:19 to cap comeback at Roos By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The one thing any team facing Eastern Washington University on the football field should always remember is that the game's never over until the clock hits zero, And the thing the Montana Grizzlies will never forget now is how a 9-point lead as the doc_k approached the 2-minute mark was still not enough of a cushion to win. Quarterback Vernon Adams liter- the end zone with 53 seconds to play for ally scrambled his way out of a night- the winning points on a 20-yard pass. mare time midway through the fourth Greg Herd's 2-point pass provided the quarter, throwing a pair of touchdown final margin for the Eagles who are now passes in the final 2 minutes, 19 seconds 2-0 in Big Sky play and 3-1 overall. to rally No. 7 Eastern to a 32-26 Big Sky The Grizzlies, who have lost two Conference win over the Griz before a straight, fell to 2-3 overall and are 0-2 packed house of 10,529 at Roos Field. m conference play for the first time Adams turned the ball over twice since 1992. on consecutive possessions - once on a "It was a wild finish and our guys fumble and another with an intercep- just kept believing," Eastern head coach tion - but when it really counted the Beau Baldwin said. "We have been in red-shirt freshman connected, similar situations -- and a lot of guys He hit Brandon Kaufman for a 30- out there on the field have been in yard strike with 2:19 to play to cut the similar situations. You have to keep Grizzlies' lead to 26-24. believing." Then following an onside kick For some, believing may have moments later, which was recovered been hard to do after Adams was by Eastern's Shaquille Hill on the 50, trying valiantly to lead his guys Adams took just five plays to spy Ashton Clark all alone in the left side of See EWU football page 12 Another classic Eastern-Montana football game This time Eagles dish out the disappointment in rivalry game By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The disappointment pen- dulum really does swing both ways in the highly- hyped football series be- tween Eastern Washington and Montana. And that may never have been better illustrated than last Saturday night as the Ea- gles pulled a patented Griz- zly-like rally in the final 2:19 to earn a 32-26 Big Sky Con- ference victory beneath the glow of a full moon- and the brightly lit brand new Roos Field Scoreboard and video display. Unlike most Eagle-Griz tussles, this one played out without the usual wrangling over a referee's call, or non- call. No added time at the end of the game to give the Griz another chance, as was the case when they opened Roos and the red turf in 2010. And no blatantly obvious non- calls as are commonplace in The others came when games at Washington-Griz- Peter Nguyen had the ball zly Stadium in Missoula. stripped from his grip at the Except, that is, for Mis- Eastern 5-yard-line by line- souliannewspapercolumnist backer Ronnie Hamlin and Bill Speltz's assertion that a recovered by Evan Day. fumble by Jordan Canada Andofcoursethebigfaux on the Eastern 13 in the first pas was having the onside quarterwas actually "a non- kick with 2:19 to play get fumble." batted around by Brandon Funny thing about that Kaufman and recovered by one is no one seemed to Shaquille Hill to set up the complain when the ball came Eagles' winning drive. loose. And asking a variety The Griz get so used to of observers, no one thought having things go their way, Canada's cough-up was re- it was nice not having it go motely controversial, their way for a change. It was, after all, one three And it was especially nice times Montana had the ball to see Eagles' head coach slip out of their hands in criti- cal situations, See Crunch Time page 12 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter For a moment in the opening seconds of last Friday night's Northeast A League football game in Suncrest there was the ap- pearance that the Lakeside Eagles might be reprising their effort from 2011. That was a 35-7 thrashing of Medical Lake in which the Cardinals turned the ball over six times. But after quarterback Adam Paulson's second pass of the game was intercepted, his defense came to the rescue, stopped the Eagles cold in just four plays and the Cardinals slogged it out for a tough 20-7 win moving them to 2-0 in league play and 5-0 overall. "It feels great, everyone should try it," head coach Wes Hobbs said. Hobbs has never had a team reach 5-0 before in his long coaching career. Following the Eagles' pick, the Cards' Ian O'Brien recovered a Lakeside (1-2, 2-3) Rwnble on thrie first drive - the first of five tin-hovers on the night- and Medical Lake would go on to score on a Micah Tappero 7-yard run with 6:02 remaining in the open- ing quarter. They'd never trail on the night after.that, but it certainly wasn't easy as the Cardinals had to withstand a pair of goal line stands. The first came on the Eagles' first posses- sion following Tappero's touchdown. Lakeside had a first and goal to go at the 3 inside the final three minutes of the first quarter but the Cardinals' defense held and drove back out to midfield to earn breathing room. "That's what it's going to take, we have to continue playing great defense," Hobbs said. A Paulson punt gave the ball to Lake- side at their own 20, but two plays later Roman Kissack's interception and return to the 28 set up a short field drive, culminated by Tappero's second score, a 2-yard run with 7:47 to play in the half. Seth Hansen's second successful point-after kick made it a 14-0 game. Hansen would end the Eagles' next possession with an interception with 6:19 to go in the half but the ensuing drive went nowhere. After Paulson was shaken up on a run- ning play, he hit the perfect coffin-corner kick to the Lakeside one. A penalty, how- ever, wiped out the punt and on the re-kick the Eagles got the ball on the 17. On the first play from scrimmage Tyler Howard raced 81 yards down the left sideline to cut it to a 14-7 game with four minutes left in the half. Medical Lake then took the ball on a time-consuming drive to end the half with Hansen's 28-yard field goal try sailing wide right. "We had a meeting of the minds I would say at halftime and they came out and had a great defensive stand," Hobbs said. Lakeside's opening drive of the second half stalled on a three-and-out and follow- ing a punt, Medical Lake would mount a nearly 6-minute drive that ended with Steven Velasquez' s 8-yard run with 3:57 to play in the third quarter. After the kick was See ML football page 5