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Oroville heads into playoffs with victory

Hornets treat Warriors to movie

— Oroville closed out its regular season Saturday with a 61-8 non-league thrashing of Chief Leschi.

“Not too much to say about the game; the boys played well,” Oroville coach Tam Hutchinson said.

Oroville (7-2), the District 5/6 No. 2 team, jumps into the state 2B playoffs against Reardan (7-2), the District 7/9 No. 3 team, at 7 p.m. Friday at Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid Ave., Spokane.

Reardan could have played the game at home. But both teams agreed not to play on the Indians’ field, reported to be pretty sloppy, Hutchinson said.

White Swan, which previously beat Oroville and took the Central Washington 2B League championship, is at home against Colfax. White Swan is on the same side of the state bracket as Oroville, although the teams both need to win two games to meet in the state semifinals.

Oroville scored five times in the first quarter against Chief Leschi – all of the drives took five plays or less.

Tanner Smith got the scoring started by returning a punt 66 yards for a touchdown. That was followed by a 2-point PAT.

Smith (6-103) also scored on runs of 44 and 6 yards later in the game.

Sean DeWitte (3-38) scored on a 14-yard run and Luke Kindred on a 2-yard run for a 33-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Smith scored on a 33-yard run, Dustin Nigg (3-11) on a 1-yard dive, Nathan Hugus on a 33-yard interception return and EZ Delgado (4-17) on a 2-yard run.

Chief Leschi scored on a 32-yard pass play that capped a 15-play drive with 2:38 left in the game.

“The seniors all changed at half into street clothes, because it was too cold to have them standing around in uniform,” Hutchinson said after his team’s 61 points at the half.

The Warriors from Puyallup arrived in Oroville on Friday, where both teams (and Chief Leschi cheerleaders) enjoyed a game and movie night at the school, Hutchinson said.

“It was a positive lead up to the Saturday game,” he said.

Other Oroville runners, which amassed 288 yards on 38 carries, included Connelly Quick (4-27), Robbie Dudley (7-62), Hugus (5-21) and Cody Tibbs (4-7).

Nigg kicked off 7 times for a 56.9 yard average. He also had an interception.

Lane Tietje led on defense with 8 tackles and 5 assists. Casey Martin had 5 tackles and 2 assists.

Jake Scott and Brian Wise each got a quarterback sack.

More football coverage is on Pages B4 and B5.

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