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glil lJl JilliilllilgBimg I llll lim nlila@: ,lmPmtwan Thursday, October 22, 2009 Free Press Section 2 Page 5 continued from page 1 plays in the second half, limited Deer Parks" grinding ball con- trol offense to moving between the 20s. The Stags amassed 347 total yards, 248 via 53 rusheS while Cheney had just 170 yards of of- fense combined. The loss is the first for Cheney in league action, putting them at 3-1, 4-3 and in a tie for second with Clarkston with identical records. Even with the setback, Cheney still has control of its playoff des- tiny over the next three games, beginning this Friday at Riverside (1-3, 4-3). The Rams scored 26 straight points to rally for their first league win last Friday 26-23 at Medical Lake. Williams said they are a physical team that lines up of- fensively in the I-formation, but employs bootlegs and misdirec- tion instead of smashing the ball "We had them on the ropes the entire game, we just didn't get any breaks. It was just one of those nights." Cheney coach Jason Williams between the tackles like Deer Park. Defensively the Rams line up in a 3-5-3, using those five linebackers in a number of different stunts to confuse opponents. The key for the Hawks will be simplicity. "I think we're just going to get back to basics in practice this week," Williams said. "We'll sim- plify the playbook even more;" A Cheney win and Clarkston victory against Colville will set up a key home showdown next Fri- day with the Bantams, with both teams looking to solidify a holc on at least one of the three playoff spots given the GNL this year. For Williams, knocking off Riverside is one step towards maybe some- thing larger. "I'd sure like to get a title back in Cheney," he said. "It's there for the taking." John McCallum can be reached at ymac@cheneyfreepress.com continued from page 1 that when he was being driven At the outside Norton ex- off the field in a utility cart, Boyce pects Boyce to get back on his heelexposed-literally- and came received a standing ovation from feet at full strength in May, crashing to the Field Turf in a pain- both Eastern and Montana fans as "But he could be back as soon fulpile, he disappeared into the tunnel on as four months." The injury Making the routine play of the way to the locker room. is unlikely to reoccur, Norton going in motion like he has done "It was interesting to see him said, "Once they reattach it it's probably a thousand times in his (with) the grieving process right just like, before." And while career, Boyce suffered a season- when it happened," Norton said. Boyce's dream of playing at ending torn Achilles tendon."By the time we had got him on the next level - be it NFL or "At the end of the mo- the Canadian league - has been temporar- fieldtin heandPlantedjust wenttdown,"g up "By the time we had got him on ily sidelined, at least Eastern's headathletic the sideline and some of the play- the door's not shut," trainer Brian Norton said ers gathered around and all that Norton said. this past Monday. "Just And then Sunday, that force of pushing off, it stuff, within about 10 minutes it on the drive home popped it." was 'When are we going to get this along 1-90 near Alber- Speaking with Boyce's fixed?'" ton, Mont. the painful approval about the inci- memory of that football dent, Norton said seconds EWU head athletic trainer Brian Norton loss - and yes, even after he reached the spot Boyce's injury -- was where Boyce lay crumpled on the the sideline and some of the play- put in real and proper perspec- field; he knew the diagnosis. "It's ers gathered around and all that tive. gone, I know it's gone," Norton stuff, within about 10 minutes it I passed the spot where a heard Boyce say. After he did a was "When are we going to get makeshift, but oh,so-personal couple of tests, Norton naturally this fixed?'" He had already come memorial sits below a lone little concurred, to terms with it Norton said. pine tree along the freeway. It Helped from the field, BoyceThe prognosis is very en- marks the spot where an auto had to not only endure the per- couraging for Boyce to be able accident claimed the life of a sonal pain, but also the agony of to continue his quest to play good friend's daughter a dozen watching the winning Montanapro football, according to Nor- or so years ago. drive, and then knowing he could ton. By the time this story hits And there's pain that will notbe there on the field to help newsprint, Boyce will have never go away. rally his team one more time. already had surgery in Seattle Paul Delaney can be reached at It was likely little consolation with a leahawks' doc. pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com Cheney's Dalton Harding (16) gains the Stags last Friday in Cheney. continued from page 1 Thursday the Hawks were on a smaller field at Deer Park (5-5, 5-6, 15 points), something Smith said usually works against them and helps opponents by enabling them to cover less ground. The Stags, like West Valley, also don't seek ball control through possession, as Cheney does, but prefer to run on offense using long balls. The Stags tried to employ that tactic, but without a lot of success as the Hawks got a goal from Estrel- lado in the 26th minute and a goal from Zakrewski in the 78th minute for the win. Cheney out shot Deer Park 16-3, with Ifft making three saves. For Smith a still lingering mental exhaustion probably con- tributed to the low score as much as field size and tactics. "Deer Park, I believe we're deft- nitely better than 2-0," she added. Cheney blanked the Stags 6-0 at home on Sept. 22. Last week's wins run Cheney' s streak to 10 games, giving them a 9-1 league mark and 11-1 overall with four games remaining in the regular season. Smith said they need to practice putting teams away through early goal scoring, something they'll work on in the run up to the post season: Photo by Harlan Shellabarger some yardage against Deer Park in the Blackhawks' 19-10 loss to "I think we play well with a lead," she said. "We panic a bit when the score is tied. But I give the team credit, we were able to be down(against West Valley) and tie it at one." Cheney continues league action this week, hitting the road to face Riverside (0-10, 0-11, 1 point) on Tuesday and returning home to take on Colville (3-7, 3-9, 9 points) Thursday. Both teams like to use long ball runs to set up their of_ fenses, and Smith said they would work on using Cheney's midfield- ers more in the offense while apply- ing immediate defensive pressure when teams cross midfield. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com Photo by Paul Delaney Aaron Boyce is helped off the field last Saturday by student assistant Hilary Ishii (left) and head trainer Brian Norton (right) after suffering a torn Achilles tendon. Boyce had surgery this past Tuesday, and while he'll miss the rest of his senior season, he is expected to make a full recovery. DON'T WALT!! SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 9 Please send check and this order form to: Get the news of your community delivered in your mail every Thursday. School News Community News Government News Advertised Specials