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Ferris hits stride in win over U-Hi

Karstetter runs for 174 yards in big first half

With a week left in the regular season, the Ferris football team is playing like a well-oiled machine.

The Saxons dominated the University Titans, forcing a running clock early in the second half in a 48-7 win in a Greater Spokane League game Thursday afternoon at Joe Albi Stadium.

Ferris did what Ferris wanted to do, especially in the first half.

“We had the one turnover in the first half on a wrong read, but other than that I thought we were solid on both sides of the ball,” Ferris coach Jim Sharkey said. “I don’t know as coaches if we’re ever satisfied, but I’m pleased with where we’re at. To be 7-1 at this point we’ve put ourselves in position to make a run.”

Saxons running back Cole Karstetter churned out 174 of his 183 yards in the first two quarters including two impressive touchdown sprints. The first came when he burst outside on a 26-yard scoring run and then followed it with a 92-yard TD after he broke through the initial wall and won a sprint to the end zone.

Karstetter’s backfield mate, Jalen Hicks, also shined in the first half, scoring twice while gaining 81 yards on four carries. His 60-yard TD was similar to Karstetter’s long breakaway.

Not to be overshadowed in the first half was the Ferris defense. The Saxons recorded six sacks.

Saxons cornerback Lamarr Speights put an exclamation point on the first half when he jumped an out-route and returned an interception 69 yards for Ferris’ final TD before halftime.

It was Speights’ third interception of the season.

“He has great hands but he dropped three in one game,” Sharkey said. “He’s come out of nowhere as a (cornerback) and stepped up in the spring. He’s a real solid player. We rolled him up in man coverage over their No. 1 guy (Trevor Martin), who’s got over 40 catches.

“He was up to the task.”

Speights rolled his eyes when talking about the dropped opportunities.

“I’ve dropped about four,” he said. “It’s happy hands and seeing green and then dropping it. It’s a terrible feeling.”

Speights wasn’t about to drop the opportunity against U-Hi (1-7).

“I saw that he (Martin) went back two steps so I knew it was going to be a bubble (screen),” Speights said. “So I just jumped it and read the quarterback’s eyes.”