Touchet grid playoff date still up in air

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TOUCHET — Gary Dorman was still awaiting word this morning as to when and where his Touchet High football team would next take the field in the Washington Class 1B 8-man state quarterfinals.

The Indians reached the quarters for a third consecutive year here Friday when they demolished Odessa-Harrington 68-14 in a District 7/9 crossover game.

Friday’s victory improved Touchet’s season record to 10-1. As this area’s lone remaining playoff team, the Indians will be matched against Wilbur-Creston, which advanced to the quarterfinals Friday with a 64-12 victory over Selkirk.

“We’re still waiting to hear where we will be going and when the game will be played,” Dorman said this morning. “The powers that be haven’t told us. I guess the district reps from our district and theirs will be getting together today.”

Bob Kirk, the District 9 secretary, said he anticipated a decision sometime today and anticipated the game would be scheduled for Saturday, either at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane or at Cheney High School.

“Gonzaga Prep has the turf field,” Kirk said. “If it’s not available, Cheney is a second choice.”

District representatives will also have to determine the site and time of the Class 2B quarterfinal game between Lind-Ritzville and Colfax, Kirk pointed out.

“There’s the chance there could be a doubleheader,” he said.

This side of the state’s other Class 1B quarterfinal game matching Colton and Rosalia has already been scheduled for Friday night at 7 in Clarkston, Kirk noted. Colton reached the quarters with a 70-8 victory over Entiat on Friday and Rosalia moved on Saturday on with a 60-32 victory over Republic.

The winners of the Touchet vs. Wilbur-Creston and Colton vs. Rosalia games will meet the following weekend in the state semifinals.

Touchet was ranked No. 3 and Wilbur Creston No. 5 in the Associated Press’ final regular-season Class 1B state poll. Defending state champion Liberty Christian, which was ranked No. 2 and shared the Southeast 1B League championship with Touchet and Colton, saw its season come to an end Saturday with a 54-40 loss to Cusick.

Cusick will face No. 1-ranked Neah Bay and Lummi faces Wishkah Valley in this weekend’s other two Class 1B quarterfinals.

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