PASCO -- Almost a year ago to the day, the Chiawana football team pounded an overmatched Central Valley team 35-7 in the 4A regional crossover playoffs in Pasco.
The Bears returned the favor with a 24-0 win at Edgar Brown Stadium, dominating the Riverhawks in every way to advance the first round of the 4A state playoffs. Usually, it's Chiawana that will wear teams down with interior line play, but Friday it was all Central Valley.
Riverhawks' coach Steve Graff did his homework, scouting the Bears' 31-7 win over Lewis and Clark last week. He knew his team would have its hands full against a team loaded on offense.
"Oh yeah, I told you we could be in trouble," Graff said after the Riverhawks (8-1) netted just 69 yards from the line of scrimmage. "Offensively, we stunk it up."
Meanwhile, CV's front line manhandled Chiawana's young defensive line, rolling up 238 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Alex Jacot led all backs with 106 yards on 19 carries. Grayson Sykes added 37 yards and a fourth-quarter score.
The Bears rushed so well, they didn't have to pass. But when they did, they found success there, too.
Central Valley took a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard carry by Jacot with 4:40 left in the first quarter. That score held until just before halftime, when the Riverhawks went three-and-out before an Isaac Mitz punt landed the Bears at their own 35 with just 22 seconds left.
Figuring he had maybe two plays to make something happen, CV coach Rick Giampietri dipped into his bag of tricks with a nice counter screen. On the first play of the drive, quarterback Gaven Deyarmin rolled out to the right, then turned 180-degrees and fired a pass to Anthony Brommer on the other side of the field.
By that time, several Bears players had positioned themselves down the left sideline for a nice seal, allowing Brommer to catch the pass and cruise in for a 65-yard touchdown.
"That was a good play call," said Chiawana defensive back Miquiyah Zamora. "We took a play off as a team, thinking it's just befor halftime. That's why you don't ever take a play off. You never know what plays are going to affect the outcome."
Coach Giampietri was hoping for some momentum before the half, and he certainly got it.
"We practiced that play but haven't run it in a game, so I guess you could say we have 100 percent success rate," he said. "We played good physical defense today. It was a great showing by the kids.
"We're believers right now. We'll see what happens next week."
Central Valley (8-2) will play host to Ferris (9-1) in a first-round state game next Friday at Joe Albi Stadium. By beating the top seed out of the CBBN, the Bears inherited the higher seed and get the home game.
Zamora was hoping to make a big difference on offense, getting most of the carries at running back. But the Bears' physical defensive line didn't give him much room to run, and Zamora never found his comfort zone, finishing with 51 yards on 10 carries.
"I just started playing running back last week," he said. "Playing against the scout team is easy. But there's no speed like game speed. They came out ready to play.
"I'll tell you what, the 4A teams had better watch out. If they keep playing like that, Central Valley could win the state title."
Sykes stopped a pair of Riverhawks drives with two interceptions. But it was the combination of Jacot and Sykes at running back that provided the real trouble for Chiawana.
"I'm not going to lie, we've got some pretty undersized linemen, but I think we've got the best line in the state," Jacot said. "They've got some big linemen, and we knew we had to stop (Zamora). We didn't want to stay at home."
Central Valley 7 7 0 10 -- 24
Chiawana 0 0 0 0 -- 0
CV--Alex Jacot 14 run (Austin Rehkow kick)
CV--Anthony Brommer 65 pass from Gaven Deyarmin (Rehkow kick)
CV--FG Rehkow 21
CV--Brayson Sykes 1 run (Rehkow kick)
RUSHING--CV, Jacot 19-106, Deyarmin 12-73, Sykes 11-37, Ryan Leone 1-12, Brandon McClung 2-10. C, Miquiyah Zamora 10-51, Terro Bell 7-18, Joey Zamora 6-(minus 32).
PASSING--CV, Deyarmin 5-8-0-102. C, J.Zamora 3-8-2-24, Isaac Mitz 1-1-0-8.
RECEIVING--CV, Brommer 3-83, Dustin Dach 1-12, Danny Nimri 1-7. C, C.J. Edrington 2-31, M.Zamora 1-5, Bell 1-(minus 4).
FIRST DOWNS--CV 17, C 5. FUMBLES-LOST--CV 0-0, C 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--CV 5-45, C 2-19.