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Rams stumble as Whitepine League playoff picture comes into focus

Clearwater Valley’s Trey Pfefferkorn broke several tackles during a run early in the Rams’ game last Friday night, Oct. 21, against Troy. With playoff seedings at stake for both teams, Troy took advantage of an early turnover — a fumble in the CV backfield — to stifle early momentum the Rams had gained from a long kick return. The Rams countered, with freshman linebacker Lane Schilling shooting a gap to sack Trojan quarterback Chase Blazzard to snuff out that early drive.
Late in the contest, Pfefferkorn returned a kickoff for a touchdown — the Rams’ only points of the night.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Clearwater Valley’s Trey Pfefferkorn broke several tackles during a run early in the Rams’ game last Friday night, Oct. 21, against Troy. With playoff seedings at stake for both teams, Troy took advantage of an early turnover — a fumble in the CV backfield — to stifle early momentum the Rams had gained from a long kick return. The Rams countered, with freshman linebacker Lane Schilling shooting a gap to sack Trojan quarterback Chase Blazzard to snuff out that early drive. Late in the contest, Pfefferkorn returned a kickoff for a touchdown — the Rams’ only points of the night.



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CV's Lane Schilling sacked the Troy quarterback on this play Oct. 21 in Kooskia.

— Clearwater Valley needed a win to keep Troy from clinching the third of the Whitepine League’s three playoff berths, but starting with a fumble on their second play from scrimmage, the Rams’ opportunity slipped away.

Though Troy defeated CV 52-6 last Friday night, Oct. 21, the final score did not reflect the combativeness the Clearwater Valley boys brought to bear with their post-season hopes at risk.

Troy took advantage of an early turnover — a fumble in the CV backfield — to stifle early momentum the Rams had gained from a long kick return.

The Rams countered, with freshman linebacker Lane Schilling shooting a gap to sack Trojan quarterback Chase Blazzard to snuff out that early drive.

After Troy’s punt, CV took possession near midfield but couldn’t overcome a first down false start penalty.

Having forced CV to punt, Troy pressured punter Keiran Owens and perhaps got a hand on the ball. Regardless, the Trojans took over near midfield and converted swing pass into a big gain that set up the opening score.

CV’s next drive produced a first down, but the drive stalled with a sack. Blazzard returned the ensuing punt deep into Rams territory, where he completed a 24-yard touchdown pass good for a 14-0 Troy lead.

Troy caught a lucky break on the next possession, and having recovered their own fumble, amped the lead to 22-0, after which Troy yielded very little to the CV offense.

Late in the contest, Pfefferkorn returned a kickoff for a touchdown — the Rams’ only points of the night.

Coming — Clearwater Valley (4-4, 2-4 Whitepine League) will visit Genesee on Friday night, Oct. 28. The WPL’s state berths belong to Prairie, Troy and Lapwai, but the order isn’t firm.



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