When I left Fran Rish Stadium, the Richland Bombers were done for the season.
You didn't need a narrator to tell you what happened, either. The locker room was as quiet as a church after Richland lost to Eisenower 40-31. Head coach Mike Neidhold, frustrated and spent, was as distraught as I've ever seen him.
However, an hour later, the Bombers got a second chance.
Neidhold learned from Chiawana coach Steve Graff that Wenatchee had upset Davis in overtime at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima, opening the door for another week of hope.
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"(Graff) knew I was on suicide watch," Neidhold joked. "I think you can put me around my kitchen again."
As of 11:30 p.m., I don't think any of the Richland players knew they still had a chance. I wish I was around to see their reactions to the news. It was sure tough to stand in front of sophomore quarterback Zack Whitby, who put a lot of the blame on his shoulders during an emotional post-game interview.
Senior Sawyer Powell was short on words, but you could hear the disappointment in his voice, too, after the game.
Glad to see they'll both get another shot on Friday against Moses Lake.
One thing is for sure, the Chiawana Riverhawks will get a boost of goodwill if they can beat Wenatchee next week. If that happens, and the Bombers beat Moses Lake, that would leave Davis, Richland and Wenatchee tied at 3-3 in the CBBN, setting up a three-way tie.
Pretty exciting stuff heading into the final week. That's what makes football in October so much fun.