(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Indians nearly pull off one heck of a comeback…
It’s hard to call the defending state champion Colville Indians underdogs but coming into the game without starting quarterback Sam Anderson due to injury and going up against a solid 2A squad in Cheney certainly made the season opener a challenge. The 1A Indians nearly came back from a 21-0 deficit, with backup quarterback Tyler Baun running for a touchdown and throwing another. In the end, the Blackhawks prevailed 21-20 over the Indians in nonleague action.
The Blackhawks came into Colville on the arm of quarterback Alex Long. Long threw long touchdown passes to put Cheney up 21-0 at the break and it looked like the Indians might be on the ropes early.
But Colville being Colville, bulled their way back into the game. Baun scored on a quarterback keeper with 9:28 left in the third. The quarterback then threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Paul Skirko, who ran over a defender on his way into the endzone with five minutes left in the third.
With just under seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, senior running back Grant Michaliszyn ran the ball in from four yards out. Cheney came up with the key play, blocking an extra point to hold onto the 21-20.
The loss snaps an eleven game winning streak for the Indians and is the second straight year Cheney has defeated them in the season opener.
CHENEY 21, COLVILLE 20
Che – Koby Holt 2-yard pass from Alex Long (Joel Perez kick)
Che – Dalton Harriett 35-yard pass from Alex Long (Joel Perez kick)
Che – Koby Holt 31-yard pass from Alex Long (Joel Perez kick)
Col – Tyler Baun 1-yard run (Lucas Michaelson kick)
Col – Paul Skirko 46-yard pass from Tyler Baun (Lucas Michaelson kick)
Col – Grant Michaliszyn 4-yard run (kick failed)