Mount Spokane has completed many nice issues in the 4A/3A Greater Spokane League.
But the Wildcats did one thing Friday evening that made even coach Terry Cloer pause.
They swept all eight colleges for the primary time on their approach to the undisputed championship title.
The ultimate hurdle was the Battle of Bell rivalry match – a Mount Spokane defeating Mead 20-10 at Union Stadium.
TJ Haberman threw two landing passes to the speedy Bode Gardner to erase a first-half deficit — together with the primary 61-yarder reference to lower than 5 minutes left in the primary quarter, which Cloer described as “a huge game.”
“We let them score, and to respond with that… was great,” he mentioned.
Jackson Hale’s 4-yard landing run early in the fourth quarter gave the Wildcats a 20-10 lead — and allowed them to make a brand new piece of program historical past.
“I knew we had the potential,” mentioned Cloer. “But we had to put so many things together to get to this point.”
Colby Price ran for 88 yards and the lone landing for the Panthers.
TRICK GAME GIVES SKYVIEW THE SPARK IT NEEDS
The Skyview offensive did not get off to the beginning coach Steve Kizer had hoped.
So, in a time-out late in the primary half, Kizer selected somewhat trick – a one-two.
It labored – and not solely did it get rid of a deficit, it was the spark the Storm wanted to proceed and defeat Union 28-6 at McKenzie Stadium on Friday evening.(*9*)
The Storm earned the ultimate 4A GSHL playoff spots for subsequent week’s Round of 32 whereas the Titans have gone consecutive years with out a postseason.
Union led 6-0 when the Storm confronted simply outdoors the crimson zone with a fourth deficit with 25 seconds to go.
That was when quarterback Jake Kennedy threw Gavin Packer to the left, who then threw right down to a wide-open Jonathan Stromberg for a 26-yard landing reference to 19 seconds remaining in the primary half.
“It worked great,” mentioned Kizer. “That gave us a big boost at half-time.”
Kennedy then led the Skyview offense 78 yards to finish the third quarter, topped by his 6-yard landing run to present Skyview a 14-6 lead. He threw for a rating and ran for an additional in the fourth quarter.
“He’s the fastest kid on the team,” mentioned Kizer. “We struggled to protect ourselves, so many times he saved us and got a first down. He’s a competitor.”
MOUNT BAKER UPSETS NO. 2 LYNDEN CHRISTIAN TO FORCE 3 WAY BOND
In an important sport for Mount Baker in the ultimate sport of the common season in opposition to No. 2 Lynden Christian, the Mountaineers discovered themselves in a shootout with one of many top-ranked offenses in Class 1A.
Not precisely a spot Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper needed his staff to be.
But the Mountaineers prevailed with a 48-34 win over the Lyncs and managed a three-way tie for first place in the 1A Northwest Conference to maintain Mount Baker’s season alive.
“I didn’t expect the result to be like this. There was no way,” mentioned Lepper. “If someone had told me LC would score 34 points I wouldn’t have liked our chances and in my wildest dreams I never would have thought we would score 48 points.”
Since the Mountaineers have performed a lot of the season, they handed the rock to operating again Marcques George, who discovered the tip zone 5 instances. Quarterback Landon Smith additionally had two speeding scores for Mount Baker.
“All week we’ve been focused on giving ourselves the opportunity to give ourselves a chance,” Lepper mentioned of preserving the season alive. “We played games all year. We knew we had a solid team, we just had to put everything together and finish.”
The win types a impasse on the prime of the 1A NWC standings. Lynden Christian, Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker all have a league loss with solely two playoff spots out there.
The three groups will play a mini tiebreaker – much like time beyond regulation – on Thursday to even the 2 spots.