TACOMA – Colin Sheffels wasn’t feeling cocky, just confident.
The senior linebacker didn’t just promise another 2B state football championship for Lind-Ritzville/Sprague, he guaranteed a shutout.
And as improbable as it sounded, Sheffels and the Broncos defense delivered just that with a 7-0 victory over top-ranked Morton-White Pass Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
Connor O’Neill broke a 69-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, Matt Leffel applied the extra point and the Broncos made it stand up. It was quite a feat, considering the Timberwolves came in averaging nearly 47 points a game.
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“I was telling people all week that we were going to get a shutout,” Sheffels said. “But that’s just me. I knew we had a stellar defense and I knew we were going to be able to keep them on their heels for the most part.”
He played a big role in the delivery, assigned to spy Rylon Kolb, the Timberwolves’ dangerous quarterback. Kolb threw for 117 yards, 49 of that coming on a final, last-gasp drive that ended in a fourth-down interception at the 15, but was hounded all game and netted minus-1 yard rushing.
Morton/White Pass (12-1), which lost in the title game for the third straight year, finished with just 80 yards on the ground.
“We did a great job and they had an awesome defense, too,” Lind-Ritzville/Sprague coach Greg Whitmore said.
Indeed, the Broncos — with a 26-game winning streak — had averaged 44.7 points per game. Whitmore said he felt for the MWP seniors who came up short for a third straight year, but commended them for the rare feat of getting there three times.