Here's an inside look at the 2A Cheney Blackhawks.
2018 IN REVIEW
6-4 in 2A Great Northern League (fourth place)
Bobby Byrd, sixth season
Offense - 5. Defense - 6.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
TE Kolby Holt, 6-4, 240, sr.
QB Alex Long, 6-0, 215, sr.
OL Shane Moore, 5-9, 175, sr.
OL Caleb Stehr, 6-0, 250, sr.
OL Vincent Terrile, 6-0, 235, sr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
LB Tayvin Ewen, 6-2, 190, sr.
DB Trevor Rains, 6-0, 160, sr.
LB Ben McGourin, 6-2, 220, jr.
DL James Whitely, 6-2. 215, jr.
DB Cole Williams, 5-10, 170, jr.
THREE TO SEE
Koby Holt, tight end
Team’s top receiving target will also do dirty work in trenches
Alex Long, quarterback
If defenses crowd the box, this second-year starter will go deep
Ben McGourin, linebacker
Much like Montana-bound brother (Jacob), he’s a complete defender
After winning just two games in the two seasons leading up to last year, the Blackhawks posted a winning record, beating a 1A powerhouse (Colville) and losing to GNL champion West Valley of Spokane on the final play.
Needless to say, Cheney is expected to remain in the playoff hunt in 2019.
The Blackhawks should be able to grind out long drives with a big, experienced offensive line paving the way for McGourin, who isn’t afraid to get the tough yards inside.
That all should set up Long’s effectiveness as a play-action passer and bulldozing short-yardage runner.
Sept 6: at Colville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Rogers of Spokanel, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Shadle Park, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 27: Cashmere, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Cascade of Leavenworth, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11: at East Valley of Spokane, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Clarkston, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at West Valley of Spokane, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Pullman, 7 p.m.