It shouldn’t surprise anyone how well the Central Valley football team played Thursday.
After all, the calendar just flipped to October and that’s usually when the Bears seemingly come out of hibernation and start rounding into form.
CV’s offense was steady and its defense was even better as the Bears shut out the Lewis and Clark Tigers 28-0 in a Greater Spokane League game at Joe Albi Stadium.
The Bears finished strong last year, knocking off league champ Gonzaga Prep the last week of the regular season. It will take a similar finish if CV wants to remain in the hunt for one of the two 4A postseason berths.
“We can make a run now,” CV coach Rick Giampietri said. “This was our first hurdle. Now we’ve got the rivalry game next week and that’s always something.”
CV (3-2) asserted control in the first half. Fullback Hayden Wolrehammer scored the Bears’ first two touchdowns.
LC (1-4) appeared as if it would cut into CV’s lead when it drove to the Bears 3-yard line. But senior quarterback Andrew Black had to go to the sideline after he got up from a run woozy from the tackle.
On third-and-goal, CV’s Adam Chamberlain jumped a route at the goal line, intercepted the pass and galloped 99 yards for a touchdown to put the Bears ahead 21-0.
“We’ve been working goal-line (defense) man coverage in practice,” Chamberlain said. “I jumped the route. I took a shot. If I had missed it, it probably would have ended up in a touchdown.”
CV led 21-0 at halftime.
Black didn’t play in the second half.
“That was a good physical game and we want a physical game,” Giampietri said. “We played stubborn defense. They were hampered quite a bit not having Black in the second half.”
CV running back Spencer Miller rushed for 128 yards on 22 carries. Running back Coleton Fitzgerald led LC with 179 on 29 attempts.
Chamberlain sees good things the rest of the month.
“It’s our time,” he said. “As long as we win out we should be good.”