Utility Tuel

15 11 2010

Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel has been named the Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week following the Cougars 31-14 victory over Oregon State.

Tuel – a true sophomore – completed 10 of 15 passes for 157 yards and no interceptions, and added a career-high 79 yards rushing on 18 carries.

The last time a WSU football player won all-conference honors was Nico Grasu back on November 22, 2008.  Grasu booted three field goals in a game against the Washington Huskies, including the game-winner in double overtime,  as the Cougs won the 101st edition of the Apple Cup, 16-13.

Pac-10 Players of the of the Week:
Defense – LB Mike Mohamed, California (career-high 16 tackles)
Special Teams – PR Cliff Harris, Oregon (64-yard punt return for a touchdown)


  • The 2008 Apple Cup was WSU’s last victory over a Pac-10 opponent prior to Saturday victory in Corvallis.
  • The last offensive player to garner the award was quarterback Marshall Lobbestael during the same season.  As a redshirt freshman, Lobbestael directed the Cougs to a 48-9 win over Portland State.  The signal-caller complete 9 of 12 passes for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns after both Gary Rogers and Kevin Lopina suffered injuries causing them to leave the game.



Idaho vs Boise State: Player Interviews

10 11 2010

Nathan Enderle
Idaho Senior Quarterback

Idaho vs Boise State: Player Interviews

10 11 2010

Aaron Lavarius
Idaho Senior Defensive End

High School Football: Playoff Schedule Set

10 11 2010

Friday, November 12
Washington 2B – Warden (5-4) at Colfax (9-0) – 7 p.m. (Martin Stadium)
> Early synopsis: Colfax has been the top-ranked team at the 2B level all season long and with good reason.  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 419-89, and their closest game was a 38-19 victory over playoff-bound DeSales in the season opener.  The results would be even more lopsided, but head coach Mike Morgan usually calls off his dogs early to prevent further embarrassment to their opponents.  It seems extreme, but if you have seen Colfax play this season, you know what I mean.

Saturday, November 13
Washington 1B Crossover – Colton (4-6) at Cusick (9-1) – 1 p.m. (Gonzaga Prep)

> Early synopsis: Don’t let Colton’s 4-6 mark fool you.  The Wildcats have lost three games by four points this season, as two of their three other defeats were to larger schools.  The chemistry quarterback Josh Straughan and wideout Steve Eacker have working right now will keep any opposing defensive coordinate up at night.  The two hooked up 15 times for 293 yards last week against Gar-Pal, as Eacker broke the 1B state record for receptions in a season with 107 in the process.
As for Cusick, after averaging nearly 60-points a game in the 1B Northeast League, the Panthers are coming off a 54-6 loss to Almira-Coulee-Hartline.

Washington 2A Playoffs – East Valley (5-5) at Clarkston (6-3) – 1 p.m. (Adams Field)
> Early synopsis: Coming off a bye, Clarkston figures to be heavily favored this Saturday.  Not only did East Valley play last Friday, but they had to suit up again Tuesday night against Ellensburg to decide who would get a shot at the Bantams.
Following back-to-back upset losses to West Valley and Pullman during the middle of the season, Clarkston seems to be back on track, looking to live up to the preseason hype when they were ranked number-two in the state.
With all this in mind, don’t sleep on the Knights.  Since losing their league-opener at Clarkston 21-6, East Valley has won four of five, including a 32-14 victory over Ellensburg in the first round of the playoffs earlier this week.

Idaho 1A State Semi-Final – Prairie (8-1) vs Troy (9-0) – 6 p.m. (Kibbie Dome)
> Early synopsis:  There won’t be a lack of bulletin board material for Prairie as they meet Troy for the second time this season.  Two weeks ago, the Trojans won the war of words before kickoff, then backed it up by ending the Pirates two-year reign atop the Whitepine League with a 72-26 pounding.
For the first time since 2007, Prairie will now be a significant underdog in a game, as Troy must deal with the expectations of winning.
Without question, both the Trojans head coach Rob Bafus and the Pirates head coach Travis Mader will have their teams ready to compete.  I’m looking forward to round two!!!

Teams Eliminated for Postseason:
5A – Lewiston
4A – Moscow
2A – Grangville, Kamiah, Orofino
1A – Clearwater Valley, Deary, Genesee, Kendrick, Lapwai, Lewis County, Potlatch

2A – Pullman
2B – Asotin
1B – Pomeroy

Washington State Announces 2011 Pac-12 Schedule

5 11 2010

2011 Schedule

Sept. 3       IDAHO STATE
Sept. 10     UNLV
Sept. 17     at San Diego State
Oct. 1          at Colorado
Oct. 8          at UCLA
Oct. 15      STANFORD
Oct. 22     OREGON STATE
Oct. 29       at Oregon
Nov. 5        at California
Nov. 19     UTAH
Nov. 26      at Washington

* Home games in BOLD

High School Football: All I Know…

5 11 2010

Great Northern League

Pullman 20 – East Valley 28 Final
     Tyler Langerveld and Andre Barrington hooked up for touchdown passes of 7 and 39 yards in the first half, as Pullman jumped out to a 12-0 lead.
     However, with the Greyhounds in front 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter, the Knights scored 14 unanswered points to win 28-20.

West Valley 21 – Cheney 7 Final
     The Blackhawks failed to score an offensive touchdown, as the Eagles raced out to a 14-0 lead at halftime.

What does this mean?
If Pullman and Cheney would have won, there would have been a four-way tie for first (Clarkston, Deer Park, Cheney and Pullman), meaning the schools would have played a tiebreaker next Tuesday.
However, because West Valley upset Cheney and East Valley beat Pullman, only a three-way tie now exists (Clarkston, Deer Park and East Valley).  The tiebreaker is a little easier to explain thanks to these outcomes.  Clarkston beat both Deer Park and East Valley in league, meaning the Bantams are the outright GNL champions.  Furthermore, Deer Park is the ‘2’ and East Valley is the ‘3’ because the Stag beat the Knights 28-20 earlier in the year.

Hopefully that is simple enough to understand.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask! (jtsports24@gmail.com or leave a comment and I’ll respond)

High School Football: Winner Take All

1 11 2010

Apparently the regular season wasn’t enough to decide who the best three teams in the Whitepine League were this season.

After Troy and Prairie clinched the 1 and 2 seeds respectively last Friday, tonight Genesee, Kendrick and Potlatch will battle it out in a Kansas City tiebreaker to determine who will garner the third and final berth to districts this Friday.

The reason for this is Genesee, Kendrick and Potlatch all finished league-play 5-3 and each hold a 1-1 record against common opponents (Genesee beat Potlatch, Potlatch beat Kendrick, and Kendrick beat Genesee).

Here is the schedule for tonight:

Bengal Field – Lewiston, 7:00 PM
Game 1 – Potlatch vs Kendrick
Game 2 – Genesee vs Potlatch
Game 3 – Kendrick vs Genesee

I will have highlights tomorrow night on KLEW-TV, plus I will post updates on my twitter account (@KLEWSportsGuys) live from Bengal Field this evening.

As for what the rest of the High School playoff picture looks like, here are the other games that will be taking place this week:

Friday, November 5
Washington 2B – Asotin (5-3) at Ritzville – 7 p.m.
Washington 2B – Winner of KC tiebreaker (Tri-Cities Prep/Dayton/T-O-R) at Colfax – 7 p.m.
Idaho 1A – Winner of KC tiebreaker at Troy (8-0) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 6
Idaho 1A – Prairie (7-1) at Wallace (8-0) – 1 p.m.
Idaho 2A – New Plymouth (8-1) at Kamiah (7-2) – 1 p.m.

Teams Eliminated for Postseason:
5A – Lewiston
4A – Moscow
2A – Grangville, Orofino
1A – Clearwater Valley, Deary, Lapwai, Lewis County

2A – None
2B – None
1B – None