Fall brings many things, including pumpkin spiced lattes, Oktoberfest beer and football.
Last night was the beginning of fall sports at Cheney High School. The Blackhawks football team dropped their home opener to Sunnyside, 20-7. It wasn’t the best showing for a young Cheney Blackhawks football squad that had a new quarterback and a rebuilt offensive line.
Sunnyside took the lead in the second quarter with a passing touchdown. They followed it up in the third quarter with another touchdown, and one more in the eighth. The Blackhawks got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter after Kaden Hagel’s four-yard touchdown, followed by a successful PAT attempt.
Other positive moments from the evening included Cheney’s running back, Charles Johnson, led his team with 128 rushing yards on the ground. On defense, returning Blackhawk Cade VanWormer had two sacks.
But the real highlight of the night that was the thunderstorm that delayed the game for about an hour. Both teams, and their fans rushed into Cheney High School. Everyone weathered the storm and most folks crowded into the building.
After the thunder and lightning had passed, the game resumed though there were some showers.
Despite the rain and Cheney losing, the Blackhawk fans were in full force – as Gorilla Monsoon would say, it was a happening.
Earlier that day, the Cheney girls’ soccer team picked up a 2-1 win over Mt. Spokane.
The Lady Blackhawks freshmen shined in this game. Kaley Estrellado scored the first goal of her high school career at 13 minutes. Kristen Teeters followed it up with a goal – with an assist by a teammate at 21:00.
Mt. Spokane attempted a comeback in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to fend off Cheney’s lead.
So, not a bad Friday for Cheney sports. Next week volleyball joins the coverage.