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Bears dominate Mead in a 41-14 GSL stunner

Who’da thunk it? A proud Mead football program staring at a 41-point deficit and playing the final 20 minutes, 25 seconds, unable to stop the clock from ticking to its inevitable conclusion.

Host Central Valley, in a stunning display of defensive and offensive dominance, belted the visiting Panthers 41-14 Friday night to keep their Greater Spokane League football playoff hopes alive.

The stars have to align properly (the 5-2 Bears finish the season against GSL co-leaders Shadle Park and Gonzaga Prep), but this one surely opened some eyes, including those of CV coach Rick Giampietri.

“Well, that was unexpected, totally unexpected,” Giampietri said.

The state implemented the running clock when a team trails by 40 points but it has been a rare occurrence in the GSL and certainly not between playoff regulars.

“They have a great program and a lot of pride,” Giampietri said. “It was crazy.”

CV had been playing better of late, but the defense has been porous. The Bears rank in the bottom half of the league.

Against Mead, however, defenders played with a purpose, limiting the Panthers (3-4) to 120 total yards, none passing.

“Our linebackers are running to the ball real well,” Giampietri said, including Nick Shaber, who the week before had 17 tackles. “The down linemen are playing better and ends (Beau) Byus and (Travis) Hawkins are dominating guys, too.”

Hawkins is just a freshman.

Thus supported, CV’s offense rolled up nearly 400 yards and scored on six of seven possessions, leading 35-0 at halftime and getting the final touchdown with 3:35 gone in the third quarter.

The one-two punch of quarterback Adam Chamberlain and running back Spencer Miller did much of the heavy lifting. Miller rushed 21 times for 136 yards and the game’s first score. Chamberlain gained 49 yards on the ground and 111 through the air, scoring CV’s final four TDs. Hayden Wolrehammer had 5 catches for 72 yards.

The defense, Chamberlain said, has been working harder in practice.

“Everything’s just meshing together,” he said.