KENNEWICK — The top offensive weapon for the Skyhawks, multi-talented quarterback Jarvis Alston, will have to sit out the next game at winless Tri-Cities on Saturday. Since Alston was kicked out of the previous game against Idaho, he must sit out the following game.
Skyhawk Head Coach Keith Evans was not too pleased with how this came about. Last week, Wenatchee Valley lost to the unbeaten Idaho Horsemen 38-30.
“Jarvis got tossed out of the last game in the last minute. It was very bogus but they tossed him. They were getting late hits on him. He had enough. The officials weren’t protecting him or calling anything. They hit him late several times,” Evans said. “This guy, after he tackled him, had his elbow in Jarvis’s throat. That is how it is going down in Idaho and they did not do anything about it.”
The only other quarterback on the Skyhawk roster is Dominick Hobdy, 6-foot-4, 208 pounds from Suny Utica College. Evans said they will also play 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive lineman Gabriel Collins at QB.
“We have a couple of situations, Dominick Hobdy and Gabriel Collins. You’ll probably see Gabriel Collins start out. There are a couple of different guys. It should be interesting,” Evans said.
It will be a big change for the Skyhawks which rely on Alston for a big portion of the offense, running and passing. Evans said the plan is to run the ball down their throat as they have in previous games against the Fire.
“We’ll stick with that formula and be disciplined. We need to cut down on the turnovers and take care of our business,” he said.
Typically when a starting quarterback is out, the team will try to lean on the defense. Evans said his defense is playing good. He feels if they wrap up on the tackles and communicate, everything will be fine.
Offensive lineman Cory Tucker will be out. Evans said they often rotate lineman in the game so they should be able to cover. Idaho leads the American West Football Conference with an 11-0 record. Reno is 5-5. Wenatchee Valley is 4-6. Tri-Cities is 0-9.
Wenatchee Valley has two regular season games remaining, at Tri-Cities this weekend and Tri-Cities at home on Friday, June 28. Evans said the Skyhawks will have a home game against Reno in the first round of the playoffs.
“We are raring to go and get these two games and get to the playoffs. It looks like Reno will be coming to us for the playoff game so we won’t be going to Reno. Right now, we want to finish on a good note and be healthy,” Evans said. “The guys are ready to go. We’ll play Reno to go back to Idaho. We’re right where we want to be.”