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CV's Jace Summers scored early and often Saturday night, Sept. 9, at Kamiah, including on this run, which went for the Rams' third touchdown of the contest.
As of Wednesday, September 13, 2017
KAMIAH “If we had to play them again tomorrow, it might turn out different,” Clearwater Valley head coach Roger Whalen said after the Rams' 54-6 win — his first win as CV's leading man. “With a rivalry game, you never know how that's going to go.”
But from the first minutes on Saturday night, Sept. 9, this one was all Clearwater Valley. Kamiah went three-and-out, and had the ensuing punt blocked, which set up CV first-and-10 at the 21. The Rams scored on their fifth play from scrimmage, in essentially the fashion they would throughout: with one of a dizzying array of option runs.
“We couldn’t have played any worse,” Kubs coach Nels Kludt told the Free Press Monday, Sept. 11. “They beat us to the punch on everything we did. They played really hard, and obviously wanted to win more than we did. We’re going to watch the film and point out things like effort and physicality that we didn’t get right last week.”
The first time Kamiah dropped back to pass, the quarterback was sacked. The first time KHS threw a pass, it was intercepted. And the first time Kamiah broke a big play — a 50-yard run by Kaleb Oatman — the Rams responded by forcing and recovering a fumble.
CV's Jace “Bubba” Summers scored the first three touchdowns of the contest, scoring on runs of 5, 26 and 53 yards during the first quarter.
Kamiah tallied an 18-yard touchdown pass from Oatman to Cristian Lopez with 1:32 left in the first half. The Rams struck back with another big play rushing touchdown just before halftime, and led 30-6 at the break. Two more CV scores activated the running clock rule with 6:21 left in the third quarter.
Whalen praised his squad, but wouldn't sugarcoat his team's performance even for a hindsight hypothetical: Had the Rams executed just as well last week, would that have been enough to beat Wallace?
“They lined up and kicked our butts and that's the way it goes,” he said. “We had to take it and move on. And I'm happy with the kids. Their attitude has just been great and getting stronger. This is a big win for us.”
Up next, CV (1-1) plays at Timberline Sept. 15 and Kamiah (0-2) hosts Wallace Sept. 23.