Football: Touchet vs. Cusick preview capsule

November 15, 2012 

Touchet Indians vs. Cusick Panthers

Class 1B quarterfinal

When, where: 7 p.m. today, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane

Records: Touchet 9-1, Cusick 11-0

Forecast: 42 degrees, 30 percent chance of rain, winds SE at 2 mph

Last playoff appearance: Touchet, 2011 (lost to Almira/Coulee-Hartline 52-8 in quarterfinals). Cusick, 2010 (lost to Lummi 55-30 in state title game).

Playoff history: Touchet, 20-12 in 16 appearances (state titles in 1979, 1994, 1998, 1999). Cusick, 12-17 in 17 appearances (took second in 2010).

Top players: Touchet, QB Elias Martinez, RB Jose Martinez. Cusick, RB Derrick Bluff, WR Alec Bluff, QB Ryan Sample.

Last week: Touchet def. Wellpinit 76-36 in a regional playoff. Cusick defeated Columbia (Inchelium) 60-16.

Up next: Host winner of Liberty Christian vs. LaCrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus

Notes: Cusick trailed 16-0 early on last week, before scoring the final 60 points of the game. ... Liberty Christian coach Mike Olson said Touchet is one of the most physical teams they played this season. ... The Indians are trying to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2006. ... Sample has thrown for 2,500 yards and 51 touchdowns, while rushing for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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