Lesser is more
Liberty Christian put its fate in a pair of unlikely hands on the final play of last year’s state Class 1B title game: 14-year-old running back John Lesser. The kid delivered, plowing into the end zone from 2 yards out as time expired for a 34-28 win over Neah Bay. The Richland school took some big hits from graduation, but the rest of the league must deal with Lesser for three more seasons.
Touchet not done
Touchet came within one play of facing the Patriots in the state semifinals, falling to Cusick on the final play after coming from behind. QB Elias Martinez, who engineered the playoff-game comeback, returns for his senior season.
G-P thin, talented
Health will be a key for Garfield-Palouse’s fortunes this season. Coach Scott Thompson has just 15 bodies to work with – meaning the Vikings won’t even be able to field enough players for a full scrimmage. Still, the bodies the team does have are athletic and, if they stay healthy, enough to put the team in the battle for a league title. Back is quarterback Hunter Woltering, who doubles as a defensive end, and running back Kevin Knauff moves up to start.
Barring injuries to key players, the league title could come down to the showdown between Liberty Christian and Touchet in Hanford on Sept. 27. If Garfield- Palouse can stay healthy, and with 15 players on the varsity roster that will be crucial, the Vikings are athletic enough to challenge. Colton has the kind of quarterback who can make life miserable for opposing defenses, and if the Wildcats can continue their improvement from a year ago, they can be the wild card.