POST FALLS — Post Falls fans enjoyed a postgame firework show to celebrate homecoming. But during the game, it was the visiting Richland Bombers who exploded for big plays.
Richland began the game with a 65-yard kickoff return by Anthony Galat, scored 21 first-quarter points and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way in a 42-13 win over Post Falls.
Galat scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Payton Radliff caught two through the air amidst a 149-yard receiving night, and Gibson McGeorge had three catches for 74 yards. The Bombers struck for 372 yards through the air, with 300 of that coming from starting quarterback Zach Whitby.
“Zach’s a three-year starter, and we’ve got some receivers who know our system and do a good job in it,” Bombers coach Mike Neidhold said.
Galat’s return on the opening kickoff set the tone for Richland (6-1), and following Galat’s two scoring runs, Whitby found Radliff up the right sideline for a 40-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.Whitby needed just 19 completions to pile up the yards, with six pass plays going for 20 or more yards.
“We came out a little sleepy and they scored three quick ones on us,” Trojans coach Jeff Hinz said. “They forced us to play catch-up a bit, but in the first three quarters, we had chances to get back in the ballgame. We just couldn’t make the key play.”
Post Falls (4-4) recovered a bit in the second quarter, with a touchdown by Seth McLeod (104 yards rushing) pulling the Trojans within 21-6.
The Trojans started the third quarter with a 17-play, 70-yard drive, but came away empty when a fourth-and-goal pass sailed high through the end zone.
Post Falls also lost starting quarterback Joey Pfennigs during the drive, on a play which resulted in a late-hit penalty. Hinz was unsure of Pfennigs’ injury status after the game.
The Trojans managed 134 yards on the ground, much of it on a fourth-quarter scoring drive after Richland added three second-half touchdowns. Backup quarterback Dalton Thompson capped the scoring with a 1-yard run.
“I really respect Jeff Hinz and his program,” Neidhold said. “We needed a good game and they added us to their schedule, and we had to play well and counter their adjustments tonight to get this win.”
Richland 21 0 7 14 — 42
Post Falls 0 6 0 7 — 13
Rich — Anthony Galat 6 run (Damien Ruiz kick)
Rich — Galat 1 run (Ruiz kick)
Rich — Payton Radliff 40 pass from Zach Whitby (Ruiz kick)
PF — Seth McLeod 2 run (run failed)
Rich — Hayden Whitby 5 pass from Z. Whitby (Ruiz kick)
Rich — Bennett Peterson 26 run (Ruiz kick)
Rich — Radliff 72 pass from Taylor O’Toole (Ruiz kick)
PF — Dalton Thompson 1 run (Richie Hauser kick)
RUSHING — Rich, Galat 11-63, Peterson 5-38, Nathan Perry 4-5, Josh Phillips 2-1, Ryker Mackey 1-0, Jacob Heinan 1-(-1). PF, McLeod 20-104, Patrick Agueros 7-21, Joey Pfennigs 5-17, Michael McKeown 1-6, Thompson 7-2, Austin Jensen 2-1, team 1-(-17).
PASSING — Rich, Zach Whitby 19-30-300-1, O’Toole 1-2-72. PF, Pfennigs 4-12-49, Thompson 4-11-21-1.
RECEIVING — Rich, Radliff 4-149, Gibson McGeorge 3-74, Lakota Wills 3-40, Garrett March 2-36, Matthew Woodman 2-31, Hayden Whitby 2-14, Galat 2-11, Jacob Devries 1-15, Mason Nelson 1-2. PF, Braden Davenport 2-23, Alex Stroh 2-10, McKeown 1-19, McLeod 1-12, Nate Gomer 1-5, Jacob Koski 1-4.