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Liberty Bell falls in league title contest

Lake Roosevelt closes the season with a victory

— Liberty Bell could not overcome White Swan’s size Friday, falling 37-27 in a game for the Central Washington 2B League championship.

The loss dropped the Mountain Lions (4-2 overall, 4-2 league) into a tie with the Oroville Hornets (6-2, 4-2) in the final league standings. Oroville received the district’s No. 2 and last seed to state because of a previous win over Liberty Bell.

White Swan (9-1, 6-0), which clinched the Central Washington 2B League title, will host Colfax on Friday. Official times and places had not been posted as of late Monday.

Chip Jones (5-12, 124) finished with two passing touchdowns — 33 yards to Chase Kurtz and 30 yards to Milo Holston (2-65). Jones (16-35) scored on a 9-yard run.

Austin Watson (7-112) scored on a 73-yard run.

Other Mountain Lion rushers included Bergen Patterson (8-46) and Holston (1-18).

Other receivers included Patterson (1-6) and Watson (1-20).

COULEE DAM – Josiah Desautel proved to be nearly unstoppable Friday in leading Lake Roosevelt past Bridgeport, 27-20.

Desautel (11-164) scored three touchdowns on the ground and caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Austin Rosenbaum (2-4, 23).

The victory completed a sweep of the Mustangs this season. The Raiders won an earlier non-league game, 28-25.

“We had two, hard-fought games with Bridgeport this season and were fortunate to win both,” Lake Roosevelt coach Steve Files said. “They kept coming at us. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made as a program this season with all its ups and downs.

“I’d like to thank the coaches, players, managers, parents, boosters and our administration for all their hard work and support.”

Bridgeport led early, 20-0, with scores by Jonathan Oregon on a 12-yard run, Hector Garcia on a 21-yard run and a 27-yard pass from Bailey Morris-Evenson to Christian Lopez.

Lake Roosevelt, who gained 275 yards on 39 carries, closed out the scoring with four touchdowns, all by Desautel.

Also for the Raiders, Rosenbaum gained 54 yards on 8 carries.

Lake Roosevelt graduates Thadius Richardson and Michael Rounds.

“Raider football really means something to these two young men,” Files said. “It showed in their team-first attitude and effort this season. They anchored our defensive effort versus Bridgeport and will be missed.

“We’ll have an experienced team coming back, so I expect us to improve in all phases next year.”

Defensively, Trey Nicholson led with 19 tackles.

Central Washington 2B League

(Final regular season)

White Swan 6 0 9 1

Oroville 4 2 7 2

Liberty Bell 4 2 4 2

Kittitas 3 3 3 5

Manson 2 4 2 7

Lake Roosevelt 1 5 4 6

Bridgeport 1 5 1 9

REPUBLIC – Wilbur-Creston showed why it’s one of the favorites to win the state 1B championship Friday after beating Republic, 64-34.

“Our boys played pretty tough,” Republic coach Chris Burch said. “It was one of those games you got to plan on scoring every time you get the ball.”

The No. 2 state-ranked Wildcats (9-1) take a No. 1 seed to the District 7/9 playoffs, where they host Selkirk on Friday for the No. 2 seed to state.

Republic (7-3) hosts the District 9 No. 4 team tentatively at 1 p.m. (could change to 7 p.m.). Garfield-Palouse and Rosalia game were to play Nov. 12 with the winner advancing to Republic.

In other qualifiers last week, Cusick beat Odessa-Harrington, 50-26, for the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, and Entiat beat Selkirk, 42-22, for the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds.

That set up bi-district games of Entiat at Colton with winner No. 1 to state, Odessa-Harrington at Touchet for the No. 3 seed to state and Cusick at Liberty Christian for the No. 5 seed to state.

Colton Magers (6-3, 170) proved hard to stop on the ground, scoring five touchdowns for Wilbur-Creston.

“Obviously, you have to play pretty good football when you reach the playoffs,” Burch said. “We could not stop them on third downs. And we lost a couple turnovers and could not get any from them.

“They have some size and speed, so they definitely are a contender.”

Republic trailed, 18-8, after Angelo Rivera scored on a 70-yard run. He would also score on a 2-yard run to put Republic down 38-14 at halftime.

Alex Rivera scored on a 25-yard pass from Aaron Fritts, who ran a yard for a score, too.

The game was played in near freezing temperatures.

“It was actually pretty nice for us,” he said. “We had snow on the field every day for practice except game night. I don’t think cold was a factor. They were bigger than us up front.

“Offensively, we had as much firepower as them. They capitalized on our turnovers, and we gave up lots of third down plays.”

PATEROS – The Billygoats closed out the season pounding Inchelium-Columbia, 62-24, on Friday.

“It was a good win for us,” Pateros coach Marcus Stennes said. “It felt good sending the seniors out with a win at home. It was a group effort. They played great defense. The offense was very effective as well with a lot of different players making plays.”

Mikey Piechalski was 13-for-17 for 309 yards and four touchdowns.

Catching touchdowns were Lance Evans (5-111) for 21 yards, Zane Salcido for 44 yards, Carlos Ceniceros (3-81) for 34 yards) and Julio Espino (2-46) of 44 yards.

Piechalski (9-46), a junior, ran for scores of 18 and 13 yards.

Carlos Cruz (5-87) scored on a 25-yard run and Sam Eberhardt (14-105) scored on a 39-yard run.

The Billygoats (6-5) have been hampered on offense the last few weeks after running back Jorge Caballero was injured.

“Losing Jorge was a major setback for us,” Stennes said. “He was one of our seniors. He has played a lot the last three years so it was tough on us.”

Thomas Cohan scored on a 43-yard run, Noah Zehemir on runs of 1 and 4 yards, and Edward Stensgar on a 16-yard run for the Timberwolves (5-5).

CURLEW – Almira/Coulee-Hartline topped Curlew, 54-14, in a crossover game that ended both teams’ seasons Friday.

The Cougars (3-7) did not have an answer for Dallas Isaak, who rushed for 357 yards on 28 carries scored four touchdowns for the Warriors (4-6).

Isaak also returned a punt 50 yards for a score and passed 42-yards for a touchdown.

Curlew touchdowns were by Gunner Brown on a 46-yard run and Kolten Fanning on an 8-yard run.

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