SPOKANE, Wash. - Mt. Spokane was able to put Hanford away. East Valley downed Shadle. Now the Wildcats and Knights will face each other for the second time this season in the 3A state playoffs.
The first time these two teams played was October 17 at East Valley. The Knights won 28-21 despite missing their starting quarterback, punter and a free safety.
Exactly how the teams got to where they are today is a tale of two stories.
Mt. Spokane, which is second in the GSL in passing yards and total offense (Ferris is first), advanced after a shootout in Richland against Hanford last Friday. The Wildcats won the game 42-39 by running out the clock after falling on a Falcon fumble with under two minutes remaining in the game.
Colton Williams proved why he's among the best in the GSL, catching 13 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for third. Quarterback Travis Ward didn't fare too badly either, throwing for more than 300 yards.
What made the game close was the lack of defense on both sides.
East Valley, on the other hand, had no problem taking care of Shadle - this time. The Knights won 43-14, avenging their 21-14 double overtime loss to the Highlanders back in September.