As of Tuesday, September 23, 2014
KOOSKIA — A famous boxer supposedly said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
Clearwater Valley’s designs for slowing down Kamiah took a hit 15 seconds into the game last Friday night, Sept. 19.
Remarkably, the Kubs retained the Whitepine League’s highest points-per-game average even as Troy scored 88 at Lapwai.
Kamiah started pulling away during the second quarter and finished as 66-18 victors.
But — for a quarter, at least — CV matched the Kubs score-for-score by executing a run-heavy offense.
“The plan was to run the ball behind our line, and control possession,” Rams coach Carlos Martinez said. “With as many turnovers and penalties as we had, you can’t win.”
After KHS opened an 8-0 lead with a long run by Parker Whipple, the Kubs had to weather a flurry of quick strikes.
After Whipple housed a 63-yard run down the visitors’ sideline, the Rams responded by springing Trey Pfefferkorn for a 60-yard touchdown run.
“That was a misalignment,” Kubs coach Ryan Ball said. “We had a blitz on and had a kid not lined up in the right spot, and it was good execution on their [the Rams’] part.”
Kamiah mixed runs and a few passes during its second series, but had to punt after the CV defense broke through with a sack.
After the Rams sprung another counter trap for a big gain, Pfefferkorn gave CV the lead, 12-8, scampering into the end zone from four yards out with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
Before the period expired, Kamiah regained the lead,
16-12, on a 43-yard sprint by Taylor McAlister. (Whipple and McAlister added extra points for Kamiah with runs after their respective touchdowns. CV did not convert.)
Kamiah beat CV to the punch again on the first play of the second quarter, after which the Rams’ plans crumbled amid a run of turnovers.
CV lost a fumble on the first play of the second quarter. and fell behind 22-12 when Kubs quarterback Branson Ballantyne found Chris Pethtel for a 31-yard score.
Later, with about a minute left in the first half, a Rams fumble set up a 26-yard run for Taylor McAlister. CV was flagged for a personal foul after the play; Ballantyne was injured and helped off the field. “He’ll be out for 1-3 weeks,” Ball said.
The Kubs, who had blocked a punt earlier in the quarter, forced a bad snap turnover on downs at the CV 10 — and scored again with nine seconds left in the first half.
Whipple threw a 10-yarder to Zach Wilkins.
Kamiah led 38-12 at halftime, and added touchdown runs by McAlister (11 yards), Cody Langston (29, 90), and Carson Beckman (64) after the break.
Under the “running clock” mercy rule, CV’s Isaac James scored from seven yards out.
Coming — Kamiah (4-0) will host Potlatch at 7 p.m. on Friday night, Sept. 26.
The Loggers (1-3) are winless since a Zero Week win over Deary, and have allowed more than 50 points in each of their losses.
Clearwater Valley (2-1, 0-1 Whitepine League) will play at Prairie at 7 p.m. on Friday night, Sept. 26.
“We have to focus on playing CV football,” Martinez said.