Mike Vlahovich The Spokesman-Review
SPOKANE, Wash. - Quick strike offense coupled with timely and opportunistic defense against a mistake-prone foe provided the ingredients for a Ferris State 4A football quarterfinal appearance.
Ferris travels to Yakima next weekend against unbeaten Eisenhower, which built a big lead and held on to eliminate Southridge 27-21.
The Saxons parlayed three turnovers and a four down defensive stand into a big first quarter lead en route to a 41-16 triumph over Kamiakin Friday night at Joe Albi Stadium.
Two fumbles came 15 seconds apart deep in Braves territory, outside linebacker Brendon Olson recovering both that led to the final 10 points of a 14-10 lead.
They were among the five turnovers and three fourth-down stops by the Saxons that sent them in into the state round of eight.
“I was really pleased with our defense tonight,” said coach Jim Sharkey. “We sputtered at times on offense, but they blitzed a lot and that kind of happens. It also created some big plays.”
The game began ominously when Tim White took the opening kickoff 84 yards and 7-0. Kamiakin lead. But in the final six minutes of the long, long first quarter, things turned nightmarish for the Braves.
The game was tied 7-7 and Kamiakin was inside Ferris’ 20 yard line, but turned away on downs. Halliday with two blitzers in his face found Orosco on his first TD screen pass and the Saxons back got outside and into wide open territory for 76 yards and the go ahead score.
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