OKANOGAN Okanogan put its shoulder into the task of beating Lakeside in a lopsided 62-14 crossover, loser-out game last Friday.
Okanogan advances to the state playoffs as a No. 2 seed.
The No. 9 state-ranked Bulldogs (9-1) tentatively play at No. 7 Connell (8-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
“That’s what I am planning for,” Okanogan coach Erick Judd said. He had yet to learn officially the time and date as of late Monday.
The Bulldogs, with Clay Ashworth at quarterback, beat Connell, 19-6, in the second game of the season.
Ashworth suffered a season-ending back injury and Justin Rivas replaced him.
“The teams have changed,” Judd said. “Whoever makes the most big plays wins.”
Okanogan lost, 24-23, in overtime at Connell in a non-league game last year.
Against Lakeside, the Bulldogs led 21-14 with only a few minutes left in the first half when an unsportsmanlike penalty was called on Okanogan.
When Lakeside attempted to move the ball with a 2-minute offense, Enrique Vargas hit the Eagles’ quarterback as he passed and the ball landed in the hands of Bulldog linebacker Jim Townsend, who raced the other way for a 45-yard interception touchdown and a 28-14 halftime score.
“Some of their guys did not know he had the ball as he ran down the sidelines,” Judd said of the fast play. “The interception deflated their momentum.
“I don’t think they had been hit that hard this year. I don’t think they wanted to come out and play.”
Okanogan also knocked the air out from under the Eagles’ wings with four third-quarter touchdowns, starting with Rivas (9-89) running 23 yards.
Arturo Ramos 5-32) scored on a 14-yard run and workhorse T.J. Morris scored on runs of 26 and 7 yards for a 55-14 lead.
Morris (22-267) led on the ground with 222 yards in the third period. Okanogan finished with 490 rushing yards.
“He was doing a lot of the damage,” Judd said.
Gabe Timentwa (5-59) scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Morgan Poulin ran 21 yards on 4 carries.
TONASKET – Kettle Falls won a rematch with Tonasket, 33-27, in overtime during an end-of-season crossover game Friday night.
“The game was certainly exciting,” Tonasket coach Jay Hawkins said. “The team played with great effort. It was unfortunate we could not finish with a victory.”
The Tigers edged the Bulldogs, 13-7, in a non-league game the second week of the season.
Tonasket appeared to have last week’s game in hand, too.
But Kettle Falls quarterback Cole Wren brought his team back with a 54-yard pass to tight end Michael McIntosh to tie the game in regulation then dived from a yard out for the winning points in overtime.
The Bulldogs stopped Tonasket on fourth-and-8 to end the game.
The Tigers got a great start when Trevor Terris raced 63 yards in the first quarter. The point after failed. The game went back and forth, with the Tigers trailing, 14-13, at the half after Michael Orozco scored on a 19-yard run.
“We could never get the ball back after taking one-touchdown leads to try and stretch the lead,” said Hawkins of leads of 6-0, 13-7, 20-14 and 27-20.
Tonasket led 27-20 after three quarters when Terris scored on runs of 18 and 10 yards.
“It was a really exciting finish,” Kettle Falls coach Curtis Corvino told NWPreps Now.com.
“We’ve had some close games throughout the season, so it was nice to have one finish in our favor.”
“We gave up too many explosive plays,” Hawkins said. “The field got pretty slick and we were slipping and sliding in the defensive secondary.”
BREWSTER – Chewelah (2-8) beat Brewster (3-7), 28-14, in a crossover game Friday.
The game marked the end of the season for both teams.
Statistics were not available at press time.