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Hanford Wins 3A C.B.L. Kansas City Tiebreaker

MATTAWA, Wash - Three teams and only one playoff spot up for grabs in the 3-A C.B.L; that means we're going to a Kansas City Tiebreaker!

The C.B.L. does random pre-season seeding should events like this occur.  So Eastmont got a bye for the first game while Sunnyside and Hanford took the field.

Sunnyside's drive started positive but an incomplete pass sent them to 4th down.  The Grizzlies decided to go for it and Danny Alvarez scrambled but was brought down by the Falcons' Nathan Schott.  Sunnyside scored no points and it was time for Hanford's offense to take the field.  With Travis Chalk in at quarterback the Falcons decided to air it out on their first play from scrimmage and Chalk connected with Kody Winsor for 6 points and the win. 

After the game Sunnyside coach Mark Marro explains why he went for it on fourth down:  " I asked the kids what they wanted to do.  And we knew we didn't have a good long-distance kicking team so we went for it and just came up a little bit short."

A few minutes later it was Eastmont on the gridiron against the Falcons.  The Wildcats having more luck than the Grizzlies and eventually scored on a quick quarterback sneak.  The Wildcats were about to go up 7-0 after the P.A.T. but Thor Buchnanan raced towards the tee and blocked the kick meaning Hanford just needed a touchdown to tie and a point after to win.

Travis Chalk in under center on 3rd and 6 and again the Falcons go to the air with Kyle Wagar on the receiving end this time.  Hanford ties the game at 6 and James Rogers is back to kick the point after.  The snap was good, the hold solid and the kick true as the Falcons go on to win the tiebreaker and the fourth and final playoff spot in the 3-A C.B.L.

"I knew we would block it," said Hanford head coach Rob Oram.  "We've blocked about ten field goals and P.A.T.'s this year so I knew we would do it."

When asked if he knew if he had blocked the kick, Buchanan responded "I had no idea.  I just ran straight at the tee and it turned out great!"

"These kids deserve this win.  They need to know that all the hard work they put in throughout the year has given them their just rewards," adds Coach Oram. 

But lying in wait for the Falcons are the undefeated Kamiakin Braves who readily handled Hanford earlier this season.  The Braves host the Falcons this Saturday at one o'clock.