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By Lee Hughes
Staff reporter 

Medical Lake gets crushed by Colville Indians


Last updated 10/31/2019 at 1:53pm

MEDICAL LAKE — It was another lopsided game for the Cardinals when they faced the Northeast A league second-seed Colville Indians at home in a 49-8 rout.

Colville, now 4-1 in league play and 6-2 overall, pushed the Cardinal offense back to negative eight yards of total rushing, and forced Medical Lake to punt nine times, converting only three first downs and gaining only 94 offensive yards to the Indian’s 340.

Colville owned Holliday Field all night, scoring on the ground in six of their seven touchdowns, three from outside of the Cardinal 20-yard line. Indian running back Grant Michaliszyn proved especially hard to contain for the Cards, running 14 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Bond had only 32 yards on five carriers, but 20 of those yards were for three Indian touchdowns.

Near the end of the fourth quarter it was a 49-0 score, until Cardinal sophomore Issac Blivin, who had come inside from wide receiver slot to quarterback, threw his only pass, 64-yard strike to fellow sophmore Joe Griffey for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to avoid a shutout. Senior Mason Hammond ran the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion.

Cardinal rushing was hit-and-miss. While senior Brandon Giles went 6 for 19 yards, Hammond 6 for 11 and Senior Tobias Jones 1 for 4. Two other rushers, seniors Nick Anderson and Kaleb Vinson were pushed back into negative yardage by the Indian defense.

With the exception of Griffey’s touchdown reception, the Cardinal receiving corps was essentially held ineffective. senior Kolby Wren went 1 for 37 and senior Jordan Peterson 1 for 1. Giles was 1 for 0.

Medical Lake continued their descent, holding the bottom spot in the NEA with an 0-5 league record, 0-7 overall.

They travel to face top-seed Deer Park in their final game of the regular season tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Medical Lake coaching staff did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

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