Othello Huskies vs. Cheney Blackhawks preview

November 10, 2012 

Cheney Blackhawks (6-4) at Othello Huskies (10-0)

When, where: 1 p.m. today, Huskie Field.

Forecast: 37 degrees, mostly cloudy

Last playoff appearance: Cheney 2000 (lost to Prosser 24-8 in Class 3A first-round); Othello 2011 (lost to Archbishop Murphy 34-0 in Class 2A quarterfinal).

Playoff history: Cheney 8-12 in 12 appearances (best finish: 1988-89 3A championship, lost 31-0 to Liberty, 27-7 to Tumwater); Othello 24-19 in 21 appearances (best finish: champions in 1998 and 2004).

Top players: Cheney — QB Andrew Graham 5-11, 170, jr.; RB Austin Kautzman 6-0, 175, sr.; WR Eric Igbinoba; DB Sam Pegg, 5-11, 175, sr.; Othello — RB Josiah Peterson 6-1, 195, jr. (106-712, 6.7 pyc, 11 TDs); QB David Garza 6-1, 185, sr. (108-191-8—1,743, 27 TDs); WR-DB Juston Lind 5-9, 170, sr. (38-777, 20.4 ypc, 11 TDs); WR-DB Trevor Walker 6-1, 185, sr. (35-626, 17.9 ypc, 9 TDs); OL-DL Derek Valdez 6-1, 280, sr.; LB Eric Garza 5-8, 145, sr.; LB Richie Valdez 5-8, 165, sr.

Last week: Graham ran for a score and had 73- and 41-yard TD hookups as Cheney downed Clarkston 28-19 in the Blackhawks’ Great Northern League finale. The Blackhawks won despite getting tagged for five turnovers and more than 100 yards in penalties; Garza ran for three TDs and threw for another as Othello blanked East Valley 35-0 to close out an unbeaten regular season. Peterson ran for 167 yards, Tanner Wagner for 106 more.

Up next: Prosser (10-1)

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