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By Garth Meyer
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1B football: SE contenders Gar/Pal, Colton meet Friday


September 27, 2018

Gabe Ahmann looks for running room along the sideline while Mason Lehman tries to make a stop for Heppner Friday at Colfax.

At the midway point of a season in which each Southeast 1B league football team plays each other twice, Garfield/Palouse will meet Colton at home Friday for a matchup between the first-place Vikings and third-place Wildcats.

Gar/Pal pushed their record to 4-0 with a win over Pomeroy last week while Colton went to 3-1 with a shutout of Touchet. If the Vikings win Friday, they retain control of the league. If Colton wins, disarray starts with four games remaining.

Garfield/Palouse 92, Pomeroy 52

The first reports said sophomore quarterback Austin Jones totaled 454 yards rushing on 22 carries for eight touchdowns last Friday in a 92-52 win over Pomeroy. But they were wrong, the total was only 375 yards on 19 carries and seven touchdowns.

Jones also threw 3-for-4 for 36 yards.

"We didn't throw much because we were getting a lot of yards running the ball," said Gar/Pal coach Garrett Parrish.

It was 62-26 at halftime.

More rushing for the Vikings came from Kaden Sanderson, with 14 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and Ely Hawkins, 10 carries for 61 yards and three touchdowns.

Pomeroy quarterback Jace Gwinn threw for 338 yards in the game and four touchdowns for the Pirates (2-2, 2-2).

On defense for Gar/Pal, Sanderson led with 12.5 tackles, and the Anderson brothers both had 10 tackles; senior defensive end Tanner and sophomore linebacker Jacob. In addition, Jones, the quarterback, had 10 tackles at defensive back.

This week, he and the rest of the backfield have an assignment to limit Colton's passing game.

"They're always a tough matchup because they throw the ball so much," said Parrish. "Every other team in the league runs a lot more than they throw."

Alongside Jones, the Vikings defensive backfield consists of junior Ethan Hawkins, sophomore Daniel Kramer – playing his first year of football, stepping in for the injured Jacob Reed – and Sanderson dropping back in coverage at linebacker.

With Gar/Pal at first in the standings, Sunnyside Christian (3-1, 3-1) is second and Colton third. Sunnyside Christian lost to Gar/Pal Sept. 7.

Gar/Pal-Colton starts at 7 p.m. Friday in Palouse.

Colton 70, Touchet 0

An 85-yard kickoff return by Kadence Rinehart started it off for Colton at home Sept. 21 as they dominated Touchet in another league game.

Colton scored four more touchdowns in the first quarter and soon led 40-0.

Senior quarterback Parker Druffel passed 10-for-14 for 236 yards in the game for six touchdowns. For receivers, Chris Wolf caught three passes for 109 yards, Luke Vining had four catches for 88 yards and three touchdowns and Reece Chadwick totaled three catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, linebacker Jon Bean had 12 tackles.

Sunnyside Christian 58, St. John/Endicott /LaCrosse 8

The Eagles of St. John/Endicott/LaCrosse went to Sunnyside Christian Friday, Sept. 21, and dropped to 0-4 in league/overall.

Sophomore Wyatt Walker put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 55-yard touchdown on an out-pass from backup quarterback Doug Stach, a sophomore filling in for the injured Trey Fleming, who went out of the game late in the third quarter with an elbow injury. Stach also ran in the two-point conversion.

St. John/Endicott /LaCrosse will play next at Touchet Friday. Gametime is 7 p.m.

Colton 62, Pomeroy 30

Leading 16-14 Sept. 14 at the end of the first quarter in Colton, the Wildcats took over in the second to beat Pomeroy.

On fourth down early in the second quarter, Druffel threw to Chadwick on a short route, which the senior receiver ran to the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown.

Colton then scooped up a turnover (fumble) and scored quickly, with Luke Vining catching a 21-yard touchdown pass from Druffel. By the end of the quarter, the Wildcats led 46-14.

Druffel finished 11-for-15 passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran 23 times for 286 yards and five scores. Chadwick had seven catches for 177 yards and Luke Vining caught four for 58 yards to lead in receiving.


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