Again, this is going to be short and to the point. There’s no easy way to say it – it was a rough year for the Cheney football team.
The Blackhawks (2-6 overall, 0-4 Great Northern League) finished the year last Friday with a 15-0 loss to Pullman.
Fresh off a year where they won a share of the GNL title, Cheney came into the season with only one returning starter on offense. Cole Hinrichs took up the quarterback mantle while the offensive line had several new faces. The defense had some returning starters – including Andrew Witt and Cam Hardt.
Cheney went 2-2 in the nonleague portion of their season, defeating Greater Spokane League’s North Central and 4A Eisenhower. Things kind of fell a part when they entered league play.
The Blackhawks played solid defense throughout the year. Their last couple of games came down to a couple of big plays that could have turned the tide for the team, but that’s high school sports for ya.
The entire season wasn’t all dismal. Tailback Charles Johnson made several trips to the end zone. Receiver Luke Martin also made some big plays. Logan Kendall made a couple of really great catches during the North Central game.
While the Blackhawks’ offense struggled, many players racked up some experience heading into next year. By fall 2017, Hinrichs will have hopefully gotten comfortable in his QB role with a healthy O-line to guard him.
The Blackhawks will also have several returning players to defense, which is good.
Cheney will enter next season battle-tested and ready to ascend back to the top of the GNL mountain.