By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Blackhawks rally to down University


Last updated 3/4/2021 at 9:10am

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Cheney's Ben McGourin (44) and teammate Dusten Butikofer (17) haul down a University High runner for a loss during Cheney's 28-14 win Saturday afternoon.

SPOKANE VALLEY -- Defensive back Karl Barsness scored two touchdowns -- including a 92-yard interception return for a score with 44 seconds remaining in the game and the Cheney High football team held off University 28-14 in the Greater Spokane League opener for both schools Saturday afternoon.

Barsness's "scoop and score" TD return of a Titans' fumble early in the second half knotted the score at 7. The Blackhawks stout defense gave the offense great field position in the third quarter, which they capitalized on for a pair of running touchdowns and eventual 21-7 lead before a U-Hi kickoff return for a score pulled them within 21-14 going into the fourth quarter.

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John McCallum, Managing Editor

John McCallum is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Cheney Free Press for over 20 years. He has received 10 Washington Newspaper Publisher Association awards for journalism and photography, including first place awards for Best Investigative, Best News and back-to-back awards in Best Breaking News categories. He has been serving as editor of the Spokane Valley News Herald since March 2020.

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