Sam Ferenchak Interview
Skyview WR Karl Graves Leads West To A 22-14 Win In 9th Annual Freedom Bowl Classic
Never give up.
We all know that any good coach will tell his players to never give up, and Saturday night at Kiggins Bowl, that’s just what the West all-stars did. Down 14-6 at halftime, they came out and outscored the favored East squad 16-0 to walk away with a 22-14 victory.
The first half of the 9th Annual Shriners Freedom Bowl Classic was all East as Union running back Zak Browning looked like a one-man wrecking crew. Browning had 79 yards rushing on 20 carries and a pair of 2 yard touchdown runs to the east the lead. They scored on their first drive of the half and their last drive of the half and also had a 12 play 37 yard drive that ended with a missed field goal.
Meanwhile the west had three, 3 and out’s, turned the ball over on downs, and ended the half on 5 of their 6 posessions. But what keep the game close was following the one East mistake, a fumble by Browning that was recovered by Patrick Crawford of Fort Vancouver, was a little trickery from the West. Running back Kimothy King of Hudson’s Bay took a hand off on the first snap after the fumble and pulled up to pass and hit a wide open Kevin Cotter of Columbia River streaking down the sidelines for a 48 yard touchdown which tied the game at 7-7 with 10:00 left in the half.
As both teams headed to the old Kiggins Bowl locker rooms, the East still seemed to have the game well in hand. Up 14-7 and in total control both physically and statically, the West squad seemed all but done. Yet, they were not ready to give up and they came out swinging for the final 2 quarters of play.
On the West’s opening drive, QB Chris Paul of Battle Ground drove his team 66 yards in just 3 plays and hit an open Karl Graves of Skyview on a 52 yard catch and run touchdown pass to cut the lead to 14-13, 4 minutes into the half. Jeff Carmody of Mountain View blocked the extra point attempt to keep his East team in the lead, for now.
On the East’s next drive, they appeared to go 3 and out, but went with a fake punt. It didn’t work. Dan Wagner of Battle Ground stopped Browning short of the first down on the run attempt and set up his West squad at the East 35.