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2X State Champions

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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The Broncos swarm around their second straight WIAA 2B State Championship trophy after defeating Morton-White Pass in a Goliath vs. Goliath defensive battle, 7-0.

Connor O’Neill has provided plenty of explosive offense this season. He delivered the biggest touchdown of his career Saturday, scoring on the first play of the scrimmage on a 69-yard burst that proved to be the only touchdown of the game. It came just 16 seconds into the game.

The fan support of the Broncos was a huge factor. Head coach Greg Whitmore said the cheering section was so loud at times that his players couldn’t hear their coaches from the sidelines. He said that was a good thing!

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Football Memories

From the “press box,” this was the view when the Broncos met the Timberwolves at midfield for the coin toss prior to the start of the game.

Connor O’Neill gained 124 yards rushing on 16 carries with one touchdown. His touchdown in the opening seconds of the game proved to be the only score the Broncos would need to claim their second straight 2B title.

Greg Whitmore runs his players through some pregame warmups as they prepare to meet Morton-White Pass in the 2B state championships.

Quarterback Dylan Hartz went through his pregame routine looking focused and relaxed. Here he loosens up his arm, throwing to Bridger Smith on the sidelines prior to the start of the game.

As he has done all season, Jarradd Morley leads the team on the field, while carrying the Broncos’ flag.

Photos in this six page scrapbook are by Katelin Davidson and Stephen McFadden

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The Cheer-Leaders

Kymberlee Webb delivers the message to the fans during the cheerleaders’ halftime performance.

Samantha Asmussen gets a big lift as the crowd roars in support of the effort. Hallie Jo Galbreath, Gaby Perez, Kate Johnson and Cassie Ewing provide the base for the stunt.

Cassie Ewing strikes a pose during the routine.

Before the game started the cheerleaders paused for a group photo. They are Sabrina Bauman, Kate Johnson, Gaby Perez, Hallie Jo Galbreath, Kymberlee Webb, Cassie Ewing and Samantha Asmussen.

Hallie Jo Galbreath’s hair is in motion as she works her way through the halftime dance routine.

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One last time the team captains hold hands before heading to the coin toss. These four seniors are Dylan Hartz, Ryan Whitmore, Connor O’Neill and Tyler Frederick — proven leaders and terrific young men.

Dylan Hartz tries with all his might to register a first down.

With a vise-like grip, Jarradd Morley refuses to let go of Morton-White Pass’s Brian Reynolds as he tries to gain positive yards for the Timberwolves. According to WIAA, Morley finished the game with four unassisted tackles. Cort Ruzicka gets sandwiched on the sidelines while battling for yards.

It was difficult for MWP quarterback Rylon Kolb to escape from the relentless pursuit of Ryan Whitmore.

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Father and son, player and coach. Greg and Ryan Whitmore embrace after the Broncos won their second straight championship.

Band students perform for the championship game.

Bryden Laird, Trevor Jantz and Brandon Knodel celebrate a big Bronco play during the 2B Football State Championship game. At left, Dalyn Killian rolls a giant tire as a leg of the LRS relay team during the Tire Roll competition at halftime.

Dustin Kommes, and Ritzville School Board members Greg Galbreath and Layne Iltz, react to an incomplete pass by MWP late in the fourth quarter. At left, Bryden Laird displays his Bronco power and preps to cheer for his classmates as they take the field in the championship game.

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The LRS Defense Delivers


Defensive coordinator Jason Aldrich sends in the play from the sidelines early in the first half. It was a bit chilly in the Tacoma Dome when the game started. It didn’t take long for things to heat up as the two teams provided a classic defensive battle.

In this trio of pictures, Matt Leffel, Colin Sheffels and Jarradd Morley force MWP quarterback Rylon Kold to let go of the football as they swarm him near the sidelines.

Jacob Saetre sealed the win for the Broncos with about 41 seconds remaining in the game when he intercepted a pass. He received support from Connor O’Neill, who The defense produced a huge stop on fourth down late in the fourth quarter. Here the was right beside him when he snared the drifting pass. players celebrate when they realize they stopped MWP just inches from a first down.

Hugh Hennings and Colin Sheffels force Rylon Kold to throw off Tyler Frederick wouldn’t let the MWP quarterback escape on this play. Frederick was a freight train as he sacked the quarterback. balance.

2013 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 2B State Football Champions  

A photographic look at the 2013 LRS Broncos' second trip to the Tacoma Dome where the once again defeated Morton-White Pass for the state ch...