What is fast becoming a school tradition, Deer Park football coaches spent the final game of the regular season with one eye on the scoreboard and the other on their cellphones.
For the past two years, the Stags, assured of a playoff spot, spent the final weekend of the regular season worried about postseason seeding at the same time they were playing a non-league game against Medical Lake.
While the Stags rolled over the Cardinals 42-21 on Thursday, former Athletic Director Scott Carlson and Donovan Snyder, son of assistant coach Darren Snyder, attended the Cheney-West Valley game. The pair burned their Verizon minutes supplying updates in a game where the Stags would win the Great Northern League’s top seed with a West Valley win.
The Eagles obliged with a 27-21 overtime win.
“It’s nice to get a little help,” said Deer Park head coach Keith Stamps.
The help means the Stags will open the state playoffs with a home game on Nov. 12.
Deer Park wasted little time getting the jump on Medical Lake with a seven-play drive that ate up 67 yards and was culminated by a 12-yard run by Jason Jorgensen.
The senior tailback, who finished with 172 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving, added a 31-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter and two more in the second quarter.
Deer Park went into intermission with a 42-7 lead.
“I thought the kids handled it (finishing the season with a non-league game) like last year — very maturely,” Stamps said.
The win improved the Stags’ overall record to 9-1, the most wins in a season by a Deer Park football team.
Stamps, who was worried about a Nov. 8 playoff game if Cheney had defeated West Valley, played his subs for the entire second half.
In addition to Jorgensen’s strong running game, Stag quarterback Colton Mead contributed 148 yards passing on only five completions. Two of those catches went for touchdowns, a 15-yarder to Dylan Miller on the first play of the second quarter and a 67-yarder to Zach Mohr with 3:47 left in the first half.
Mohr led the Stags with 93 receiving yards on only two catches.