Dakari Pakootas and West Valley hold off Eti Ena and Cheney for 33-27 GNL win
SPOKANE – Colville tribal member Dakari Pakootas for West Valley helped propel the Eagles to a 33-27 win over fellow tribal member Eti Ena of Cheney on Friday ,Oct. 25, in Great Northern League (GNL) action.
“It feels great. After three one-point games, finally got a dub. Feels pretty good,” said Pakootas, who is cornerback and wide receiver for West Valley.
Cheney had cut the lead to six-points (26-20) late in the fourth but couldn’t get a defensive stop when they needed it.
“It was just a grind,” said Eti Ena, offensive and defensive linemen for Cheney. “They battled, and we battled. They came out on top.”
Matthew Allen threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns for West Valley as they improve to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the GNL.
The Eagles will take a short trip to East Valley in their last game of the regular season on November 1 with kickoff at 7 p.m.
Cheney, after a promising 3-1 start, has lost three of their last four games and closes out the year with a home GNL game against Pullman on November 1 at 7 p.m.
After a defensive gridlock in the first quarter when no team scored, both schools broke into the end zone in the second quarter.
West Valley’s Alyjouah Rollins would catch two touchdown passes in the quarter, both from Allen, giving the Eagles a 12-0 lead midway through the second.
Cheney would strike back as Alex Long, quarterback for the Blackhawks, scored a rushing touchdown on a sneak play, cutting the deficit to 12-6 at halftime.
“First half, kind of come out, alright,” said Pakootas. “Then halftime we kinda got a talking to.”
Chris Whitney, head coach for West Valley, must have really encouraged his team during halftime as both offenses came to life in the second half, scoring a combined 42 points.
West Valley would take a 13-point lead in the third quarter as Traden Davis-Reed caught a 12-yard pass from Allen, giving the Eagles a 19-6 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Dalton Harriett of Cheney would take the kickoff return all the way back for a 95-yard touchdown, bringing the Blackhawks back into the
game and cutting the deficit to 19-13 midway through the third quarter.
Cheney had locked in defensively, keeping within six points from the 7:37 mark in the third quarter to the 8:51 mark in the fourth quarter.
West Valley’s Malachi Clark scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Allen to give the Eagles a 26-13 lead at 8:51 in the fourth.
Not more than two minutes later, Cheney would strike back as Harriett would score on a 3-yard touchdown run at the 6:43 mark in the fourth quarter.
After cutting the lead to six points, (26-20) Cheney would need a stop on defense.
The Blackhawks forced West Valley into a crucial third-and-six with 2:21 left in the game.
West Valley’s Allen took matters into his own hands and would not only convert on the third-and-six, but would take it to the house for a 29-yard touchdown run, giving the Eagles a 33-20 lead with very little time left.
Cheney would score late in the game to make it a 33-27 game but would not be able to convert on an onside kick as West Valley would recover and end the game.
“We had our chances,” said Cheney head coach Bobby Bryd.
1 2 3 4
Cheney |0 | 6 | 7 |14 | 27
West Valley |0 |12 | 7 |14 | 33
Great Northern League
W L W L
Clarkston 4-0 7-1
Pullman 2-1 6-2
West Valley 1-2 5-3
Cheney 1-2 4-4
East Valley 0-3 1-6