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Thursday, October 22, 2009 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 Photo by Harlan Shellabarger DeAngelo Jones (7) tip-toes along the sideline last Friday against Deer Park whi e Dalton Harding (16) delivers a block in the 19-10 loss to the Stags. Hawks still in thick of playoff, Great Northern League title picture By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Deer Park's ball control offerfse and a lack of breaks helped send the Cheney foot- ball team to its first Great Northern League loss in a 19-10 setback to the visiting Stags last Friday night. Blackhawks head coach Jason Williams felt the outcome of the game centered on two third quarter plays. The first, leading 10-7, the Hawks thought they had the Stags in a punting situation on fourth down and 15 at the Deer Park 40. Instead, Stags head coach Keith Stamps elected to go for it, and his team converted with a 15-yard run, and finished their drive later with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Alex Wolf to Tevin Heins to take a 13-10 lead. The second play came on Deer Park's next drive, which brought the team to a fourth and goal at the Hawks 9. Instead of a field goal, the Stags again went for it, with Heins' scoring run giving them a nine-point lead. Trailing 19-10, the Hawks mounted what they hoped was the beginning of a come- back with a drive inside the Deer Park 40 early in the fourth quarter, only to have the rally stopped on what Williams said was a questionable offensive pass interference call on wide receiver Daniel Igbinoba. Cheney punted, downing the ball on the Deer Park 5. From there, the Stags running game behind a big offensive line took over, keeping the Hawks offense pretty much off the field the rest of the way. "We only had the ball two or three times in the second half," Williams said. Cheney's offensive chances Came in the game's first 24 minutes. The trouble for the Hawks was they came, and went. After the Stags opened a 7-0 lead on Wolf's 1-vard run, the Hawks answered with a 36-yard Max Harris field goal in the first quarter, and a 45-yard TD pass from DeAngelo Jones to Alex Adams for a 10-7 lead in the second. But Williams said other chances that came Cheney's way never materialized since the team was plagued by dropped balls or friendly Deer Park bounces. "We had them on the ropes the entire game, we just didn't get any breaks," Williams said. "It was just one of those nights." Williams Said his team had played well for four games in a row, and were ready for the Stags, 2-2 in the GNL, 5-2 overall. The Hawks were good defensively, and with the exception of a couple fourth-down See CHS football page 5 Soccer Hawks k out two wins to stay in driver's seat for Great Northern title Victories over West Valley, Deer Park, keep Cheney winning streak alive at 10 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney girls' soccer team remained atop the Great Northern League standings with a pair of wins last week - but just barely. The Blackhawks needed two overtimes'to defeat rival West Valley 2-1 on Tuesday, and managed just two goals in a 2-0 road win over fourth-place Deer Park Thursday. For Cheney head coach Robyn Smith, both performances likely boiled down to a hangover from the Hawks shutout of second-place Pullman on Oct. 8. "We didn't play hoffibI6', W76-just didn't come .... out with the fire like we did against Pullman," Smith said. That lack of inspiration was a factor early against the visiting Eagles (third in GNL at 7-3, 8-3, 22 points), who were looking for payback for a 3-0 Cheney win on Sept. 17. The Hawks didn't mark midfielder DeeDee Garbe very tightly, enabling the senior to dribble through the defense for an unas- sisted goal in the 33rd minute. But the Eagles" lead lasted just three minutes, thanks to Briana Estrellado, who tied the score with a goal off an assist by Maddie Moore in the 36th minute. Neither team could get the upper hand from there on, ending regulation tied at 1. The Hawks had some good scoring opportunities in the first overtime on a couple corner kicks, but couldn't convert. West Valley had a shot deflect off the cross bar in the second overtime, and with about 20 seconds left, Cheney got an opportunity to end the game when Alyssa Kirstein was tackled by an Eagle defender and fouled. The play gave the Hawks a free kick, and with the ball placed outside the 18-yard box, Kellie Zakrewski knocked a shot past Eagle goalkeeper Karina Car- penter for the game winner. Both teams put 10 shots on goal, and both Carpenter and Hawks goalkeeper Nora Ifft made six saves. Smith said the Hawks intensity level improved as the game progressed, probably because the players found the possibility of a shootout unappealing. "Of course with them, we have a history of shoot- outs," Smith added. Cheney and West Valley split shootouts last year, the second a Cheney win that eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs. A 1-0 West Valley shootout win kept the Hawks from advancing to the 2A state semifinals in 2007. See CHS soccer page 5 Photo by Paul Delaney Eastern quarterback Matt Nichols (16) mades a cut and stirs up some dust as he races towards the end zone in last Saturday's Big Sky Conference football game in Missoula. Nichols was stopped short of scoring but Taiwan Jones did get the touchdown to tie the game 34-34. Montana went back down the field to score the game winning points with 1:18 to play in a 41-34 win. Touchdown play with 1:18 to go by Montana decides it 41-34 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Eastern Eagles know better than anyone how to win football games at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Mis- soula. They are the team that has over the years won more games - four - than any other Big Sky Conference school in the cozy confines of that facility. On the other hand, Eastern also knows all too well the sting that comes with heartbreaking defeats there, and last Saturday provided yet another reminder that will stick in players and fans memories for years to come. The Grizzlies an.swered an Eagle drive that tied the score at 34-34 with a 1-yard touchdown play of their own from Chase Reynolds on fourth-and-goal with 1:18 to play to score a 41-34 win. The loss, Eastern's second in a row, dropped the Eagles to 3:2 in BSC play and 4-3 overall. The Grizzlies are now 6-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. A 1-yard touchdown run by Tai- wan Jones tied the score with 4:58 to play. That was part of Jones'17-car- ry,145-yard day running the ball. He had 241 all-purpose yards, including 78 on kickoff returns and 18 more on three receptions. It was in that 13-play drive where senior Aaron Boyce had his season come to an end after suffering a torn Achilles tendon on a routine motion play. Boyce had surgery in Seattle this past Tuesday to repair the tear and it is expected that he will make a full recovery and pursue a possible professional career. Boyce and fellow senior Tony Davis combined for 15 catches for 173 yards, with Boyce catching seven for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Davis finishing with eight grabs for 59 yards. "I'm proud of our team," East- ern head coach Beau Baldwin said. "It hurts when you lose, but I don't question one bit our overall effort. We could have easily packed it in when we got down by two scores. But we found a way to come back." And come back they did after See EWU football page 6 t Painful fo By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter It was truly a painful week- end. Football-wise that is. l probably should have known it might be, consider- ing I'm a little of the supersti- tious type. I'll blame i-t all on dragging my feet long enough before getting my first flu shot last Friday afternoon. The poke of the needle was done before I knew it. In fact I had to ask the nurse if she was indeed done because for the first time in over 50 years of having needles poked into me for all sorts of things from polio, measles and tetanus to routine blood work, this was the all weekend goes well beyond th losses on th field first time I don't recall feeling even the slightest pain. And it wasn't even cocktail hour! I never did feel the needle. She told me 20 years of doing shots of all kinds will do that. So instead I endured some painful experiences on the football field, watching that is, but doing so up close and per- sonal along the sidelines in both Medical Lake and Missoula. It all began on Friday night as the Medical Lake Cardinals suf- fered a what might appear to be a tantalizingly close 26-23 loss to Riverside. A very disappointed Cardinals' coach Wes Hobbs will certainly beg to differ. "I told our kids after the game if we had pulled that thing out I'd have almost felt like ap01o- gizing to the other team because we just didn't deserve to win," Hobbs said. "We didn't play good enough to win despite the fact that we still found a way to get within three." On the other side of that coin were the Eastern Washington University Eagles. They did al- most everything humanly pos- sible to win Saturday's Big Sky Conference first-place showdown in Missoula with Montana. They lost when Montana scored the deciding touchdown with 1:18 to go. It was another classic Eastern- Montana showdown at Wash- ington-Grizzly Stadium, not that much unlike Eastern's last visit there in 2007 when Dan Carpen- ter's 34-yard field goal with 26 seconds to play gave the Griz their come-from-behind win, 24-23. That was also the game where then-sophomore receiver Aaron Boyce set his personal record for most receptions (17) and yards (232) in an Eastern uniform, likely leaving some kind of impression with Griz fans. Boyce left even more impres- sions on saturdav. One of the best was the one that came with just nine seconds to go in the third quarter. One where two Grizzly defenders ran into into each other and allowed Boyce to score an Eagles touchdown that tied the game at 27-27. He was then tagged for an excessive celebration penalty. No, Boyce didn't raise the ball in jub- lilation as Montana's Marc Mari- ani did at the 20-yard line as he returned a punt for a touchdown and a 34-27 Montana lead. There wasn't one of those "in- your-face" taunts to the fans in the noisy north endzone either. Boyce was penalized 15 yards for, of all things, walking the final five yards for the touchdown. This after the two closest defenders looked like the Keystone Kops crashing into each other. What an officiating travesty. It was not to be unexpected, how- ever, when playing in the den of the perennial kings of the Big Sky football hill. But it was in the final five minutes of the game that Boyce, a young man who oftentimes seems superhuman, had his Achilles See Crunch Time page 5