OKANOGAN – The Okanogan High School football team improved to 3-0 by knocking off stubborn Tonasket, 35-14, in a Sept. 27 Caribou Trail League game.
“Penalties hurt us — drive-stalling penalties. We just have to clean up our penalties,” Okanogan coach Erick Judd said of the game that was close until the fourth quarter.
“The defense was playing pretty well,” he said. “We held them to 155 yards rushing. That is not too bad at all.”
“That was our best 48 minutes of football that we have played this year,” Tonasket coach Jay Hawkins said.
The Bulldogs relied on workhorse Morgan Poulin, who ran for 100 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Quarterback Justin Rivas used his feet to scramble away from blitzing Tigers to rush for 155 yards on 11 runs and scored a touchdown.
Tonasket (2-2 overall, 0-2 league) stayed close to the lead into the fourth quarter, when Okanogan (3-0, 2-0) scored the final two touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
Poulin scored his first touchdown on a 6-yard run in the first quarter.
Tonasket responded with quarterback Trevor Terris (9-35) scampering left behind the offensive line before busting through defenders for a 23-yard score.
Arturo Ramos for Okanogan and Derek Sund for Tonasket each kicked extra-point conversions to tie the game at 7-7.
Okanogan led 20-7 at the half following scores by Ramos (6-96) on a 31-yard run and Rivas on a 22-yard run. The point-after kick on the second score was low.
Penalties negated a 52-yard touchdown run by Rivas in the first quarter. A facemask flag ruined a 22-yard run by Rivas, who also scrambled to the 10 only to have the effort wiped out by a block in the back.
“We were happy with our ability to match Okanogan’s physical play,” Hawkins said. “I believe we played with great effort. We just had a hard time keeping up with their speed.”
The Tigers, taking advantage of a fumble recovered by Frank Holfeltz and a 62-yard run by Orozco, pulled to 20-13 with 11:41 left in the game when Terris capped a drive with a 3-yard dive. The kick was good.
Poulin closed out the game and wrapped his second-straight 100-yard performance with 30- and 1-yard touchdown runs.
Rivas passed to Justin VanderWeide for a two-point conversion.
“Tonasket always plays physical,” Judd said. “They always play well.”
Although several players were limping at the end of the game, Judd said the players are fighting “nagging” injuries and there were no new injuries.
Poulin is running for T.J. Morris, who suffered an ankle injury against Connell. Morris played defense.
Rivas is playing quarterback for Clay Ashworth, who remains out with a shoulder injury.
“We are trying to get everyone healthy,” Judd said.
Other rushers for Okanogan (46-389) include Jason Perez (6-29), Riley Prescott (1-2), Ben Cate (2-4) and Jalen Moses (3-18).
Rivas was 4-for-5 passing for 32 yards. Receivers were Fabian Rodriquez (1-25), Ramos (1-5) and Perez (1-2).
Rushers for Tonasket (43-155) included Orozco (16-61), Roberto Juarez (2-12), Collin Aitcheson (4-18), Devyn Catone (1-2), Isaiah Yaussy-Albright (2-2) and Austin Knowlton (1-1).
Terris was 4-for-9 passing for 83 yards. Receivers were Orozco (1-62), Sund (1-2), Kjeld Williams (1-2) and Juarez (1-7).
Okanogan players who helped with fundraising and community service projects will attend a Weber State at Eastern Washington University football game this Saturday, Oct. 5, in Cheney.
No. 10 state-ranked Okanogan is at Brewster (2-2, 1-1) and Tonasket is at No. 11 Cashmere (3-1, 2-0) on Friday, Oct. 4.
“This should be another good game, Brewster has been playing well,” Judd said. “They beat Tonasket and played Quincy tough. We will be concentrating on eliminating penalties.”
Cashmere is another fast team, Hawkins said.
“We certainly have to continue to get better with our execution on all phases of the game,” he said.
KITTITAS – Oroville suffered its first loss of the season, 20-13, on a long Friday road trip to Kittitas.
In a game that was scoreless at the half, and where Oroville beat Kittitas in just about every statistical category, turnovers proved the difference.
Oroville lost four fumbles and had an interception.
“The fumbles came when we were driving the ball,” Oroville coach Tam Hutchinson said. “We turned it over and gave it to them. We beat ourselves and the players know it. They felt pretty bad after the game.
“I guess Kittitas was successful. It worked what they were doing, grabbing and pounding on the ball.
“It was a long trip,” said Hutchinson, whose team got home shortly after 4 a.m. “A fumble in the end zone was the first time I was thinking, with about 8 minutes left, we might not win. We were just going to run out of time.
“That’s it for long trips this year,” Hutchinson said. “Next year we go to White Swan, which is even farther, actually.”
Oroville drew first blood, with quarterback Luke Kindred (15-99) finishing off a 62-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 8:30 to go in the third quarter.
Kittitas then ran off three straight scores, including the 42-yard one that led to a touchdown.
The Hornets used three plays to score with 16 seconds to go on a 1-yard dive by Kindred.
Abraham Capote was 1-for-1 kicking extra points.
Oroville rushed for 14 first downs to 4 for Kittitas and 19 first downs overall to 9 for the Coyotes.
Nigg rushed 17 times for 98 yards, Sean DeWitte 6 times for 65 yards and Logan Mills 6 times for 14 yards.
Kindred was 6-18 passing for 83 yards and an interception.
Receivers included Tanner Smith (4-61) and Nigg (2-22).
The Hornets finished with 382 yards of offense compared to 125 for Kittitas (minus-30 yards at the half), which ran 27 times for 102 yards.
There were only 5 penalties called, 3 against Oroville for 45 yards.
“Two rags were on me,” said Hutchinson, who disagreed with some calls in the game. “That’s the first time I have been ragged in 10 years.”
This Friday, Manson (0-3 overall, 0-1 league) is at Oroville (2-1, 0-1).
“I’ve heard Manson is struggling,” Hutchinson said. “We are going to have fun this week, going to put in a few new wrinkles.”
The coach said the Hornets might even go to a wishbone offense to take advantage of the team’s big, speedy backs.
PESHASTIN – Omak coughed up the ball six times and yielded 401 yards on the ground in falling, 59-7, to Cascade on Sept. 27.
“We just had way too many turnovers,” Omak coach Nick Sackman said.
The Kodiaks fed on 3 fumbles, an interception, a recovered onside kick and a fumble on a kickoff.
“Cascade was good, they blocked well,” Sackman said. “We had a difficult time getting off blocks and making tackles in the open field. They are a well coached, disciplined team.”
Omak rushers included Dustin Thorp (17-67), Alex Aguilar (10-7) and Cody Harvill (4-13).
Aguilar was 6-16 passing for 67 yards and an interception.
Receivers included Joseph Best-Parisien (2-17), Gerald Sam (1-23), Helin Perez (1-10) and Ivan Sanchez (1-6).
Quincy (1-2 overall, 1-0 league) is at Omak (0-4, 0-2) on Friday, Oct. 4.
“I think Quincy is a good football team,” Sackman said. “They have a lot of good athletes. Last year they slammed it down your throats, 3 yards and a cloud of dust. This year they are in the shotgun the whole time. They throw all around and try to spread you out.”
SPANGLE – Lake Roosevelt parlayed two scores in the first quarter and two more in the fourth quarter to edge Liberty, 27-24, in a non-league game Sept. 27.
“It was a very gutty performance by the Raiders,” coach Steve Files said. “We came out strong, but Liberty fought back hard against us until the very end.”
Jessie Louie ran 3 yards and Josh Harris 10 yards for first-quarter scores.
Chance Garvin ran 1 yard and Kyle Holt returned a kickoff to put the Raiders (194 yards on 46 carries) in front for good in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Louie finished with 3 tackles for a loss and Jake Palmer had 1.
Garvin pulled down 3 interceptions, including one with no time on the clock, and Michael Thomas had a pick.
Trey Nicholson forced a fumble and recovered it.
The Lancers scored its 3 touchdowns on passes.
Kittitas (1-2 overall, 1-0 league) is at Lake Roosevelt (3-1 overall) on Friday.
“Kittitas really manhandled us last year,” Files said. “We’ll have our hands full again this year I’m sure.”
BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport stayed with White Swan into the third quarter before succumbing, 44-22, on Sept. 27.
“This game was even closer than the score indicates,” Bridgeport coach Kyle Krustangel said of his team trailing 22-14 in the third period.
“Take away two mistakes to start the third quarter and this one was a very, very tight game,” Krustangel said.
White Swan scored 3 second-half touchdowns to secure the victory.
Bridgeport’s Jonathan Oregon (16-117) ran for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Hector Garcia (17-85) ran 17 yards in the third quarter. Oregon ran 42 yards in the fourth for Bridgeport scores.
Other rushers for Bridgeport included Kipton Craig (4-26), Jose Garcia (2-19) and Victor Macedo (3-27).
“Turnovers are really haunting us weekly and we had a few again,” Krustangel said. “We didn’t score in the red zone twice so there were even more points up for the grabbing.
Bridgeport (0-4 overall, 0-1 league) is at Liberty Bell (1-0, 1-0) on Friday.
MANSON – Liberty Bell won its opening game of the season 50-7 over Manson on Friday.
The Mountains forfeited two early-season, non-league games due to injuries and players not being eligible.
Austin Watson broke the game open in the third quarter with scoring runs of 83 and 85 yards.
Also scoring for Liberty Bell were quarterback Chip Jones, on runs of 3 and 1 yards, Chase Kurtz on a 42-yard run and a 36-yard pass from Jones.
Liberty Bell (1-0 overall, 1-0 league) hosts Bridgeport (0-4, 0-1) on Friday.
HARRINGTON – Odessa-Harrington squeezed past Pateros, 56-48, on Sept. 27.
The Titans scored with 30 seconds remaining for the victory.
It was a back-and-forth game, with Odessa-Harrington needing 2 scores early in the fourth to take a 48-42 lead.
Mikey Piechalski ran 2 yards to score to tie the game before the Titans scored the winner.
Piechalski also ran for 5 yards for a score and passed for touchdowns of 40, 15 and 20 yards to Carlos Ceniceros.
Jorge Caballero ran for 2 scores of 5 yards each.
Pateros (1-2 overall, 0-1 league) is at Soap Lake on Friday.
HUNTERS – Inchelium-Columbia used a strong second half to top Curlew, 40-22, on Sept. 27.
The Timberwolves led 20-16 at the half after Thomas Cohen ran for 3 yards and passed 12 yards to Ryan Phillips and 5 yards to Quentin Holford.
Curlew’s Gunner Brown scored on a 10-yard run and Hunter Beedle passed 15 yards to Kyle Engebretson.
The Timberwolves extended the lead in the second half on touchdown runs of 32 yards by Edward Stensgar and 52 yards by Holford.
Curlew’s Chance Wheaton scored on a 11-yard run.
Cohen passed 52 yards to Holford for the final score.
Curlew (0-4 overall, 0-3 league) is at Cusick (1-2, 1-2) at 7 p.m. and Inchelium-Columbia (3-1, 1-0) is at Northport (0-4, 0-2) at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
ENTIAT – Entiat edged Republic, 42-36, in non-league game Sept. 27.
The Tigers scored the final two touchdowns for the win.
For Republic, Alex Rivera had touchdown runs of 40 and 50 yards. Also, Angelo Rivera and Walker Baumbach each tacked on scoring runs of 2 yards.
Jameson Clemmons passed 50 yards to Aaron Fritz for annother score.
Republic (2-2 overall, 2-0 league) is at Wellpinit (1-3, 1-1) on Friday, Oct. 4.