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Lions shine for grads

Liberty Bell devours Mustangs

Liberty Bell’s defense kept the ball in the Mountain Lions’ hands en route to a 61-13 homecoming victory over Bridgeport on Oct. 4.

“We were able to shut them down for the entire game,” Liberty Bell coach Sy Bannick said.

“It gave our offense lots of opportunities. Bridgeport couldn’t get anything going. We kept getting the ball. We were able to execute our offense pretty well.

“We probably had the biggest crowd we’ve had in a few years. It’s good we put on a good show for them and gave those seniors a positive thing, a win for homecoming.”

Austin Watson got the scoring going with runs of 6 and 1 yards.

Chip Jones passed 15 yards to Chase Kurtz before Bridgeport cracked the scoreboard on a 51-yard fumble recovery and return by Uriel Medel.

The Mountain Lions celebrated homecoming at the half with a 34-6 lead.

Second quarter scores were by Watson on a 70-yard punt return and Kurtz passing 12 yards to Jones.

Liberty Bell scoring in the second half included Jacob McMillan running 6 yards, Jones running 1 yard, Cesar Dominguez recovering a fumble in the end zone and Jorge Lara on a 9-yard run.

Bridgeport scored in the third quarter when Omar Picazo recovered a Liberty Bell fumble and ran 21 yards.

Defensively, Milo Holston snared 2 interceptions for Liberty Bell.

“Both of them were thrown right to him,” Bannick said.

“We did not show up to play and it showed in the game,” Bridgeport coach Kyle Krustangel said. “Liberty Bell beat us on all sides of the ball all night. I credit their defense and their game plan. We struggled to get anything going on offense all night.

“Our 2 touchdowns were defensive scoops and scores.”

Liberty Bell (2-0 overall, 2-0 league) heads north to Oroville (3-1, 1-1) for a league game while Bridgeport (0-6) is at Kettle Falls (0-5) for a non-league game Friday, Oct. 11.

“Oroville is going to be a real tough game,” Bannick said. “They have a great coach, he always has them well prepared. We definitely have to work hard this week to prepare for a real, playoff-kind-of-game.

“The last couple years they are the door we have not been able to get through to get to the next coaching level. We have to find a way to get past them to take that next step, which is to do what we are trying to do, get to state.”

Liberty Bell remains very short on numbers. The Mountain Lions canceled two earlier games due to lack of players.

Bannick said he hopes others at the school will see the team’s success and come out to play in future years.

“I look for us to rebound against Kettle Falls and to compete for four quarters,” Krustangel said.

BREWSTER – Okanogan ran away from Brewster early en route to a 41-7 victory Oct. 4.

The Bulldogs (5-0 overall, 3-0 league) led 34-0 after the first quarter.

The win sets up a key game at No. 8 state-ranked Cashmere (4-1, 3-0) this Friday, Oct. 11, for the lead in the CTL halfway through the season.

“This will be our biggest test of the year,” Okanogan coach Erick Judd said. “We are playing on their home field and they have been playing very well.”

Cashmere demolished Tonasket, 55-6, last Friday.

Okanogan opened with a 65-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Morgan Poulin (15-68).

The Bulldogs defense stopped the Bears’ next two drives on three-and-out series.

Justin Rivas returned each Brewster punt for touchdowns of 59 yards and 65 yards.

Arturo Ramos caused a fumble that was recovered by T.J. Morris in the end zone.

Jason Perez followed with a pick-6 interception.

Rivas (2-3, 28 yards) capped the first half with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ramos.

Mitch Boesel (10-19, 168 yards, 2 INT) passed to Cade Smith (4-117), who raced 80 yards in the third quarter for the Bears’ lone score.

Other Okanogan rushers (34-150) included Perez (4-11), Ramos (5-15), Riley Prescott (3-2), Ben Cate (5-11) and Jalen Moses (2-27).

Cate was 1-4 passing for 3 yards.

Other receivers included Poulin (1-8) and Moses (1-3).

Brewster rushers (18-48) included Raf Varelas (11-22) and Eduardo Ambriz (6-18).

Receivers included Cameron Jacobsen (1-22), Hayden Bayha (2-31) and Raul Olvera (1-0).

Brewster (2-3, 1-2) is at Omak (0-5, 0-3) on Oct. 11.

COULEE DAM – Kittitas remains undefeated in Central Washington 2B League play after knocking off Lake Roosevelt, 24-14, on Oct. 4.

“They simply outplayed us,” Lake Roosevelt coach Steve Files said. “We had our moments against Kittitas, but I know we are capable of better performance.”

The Raiders, who remain without quarterback Austin Rosenbaum, rode the legs of Jesse Louie (114 yards) and Josiah Desautel (49).

Overall, the team rang up 171 yards rushing on 41 carries.

“We had way too many negative plays,” Files said.

The Coyotes led 16-7 at the half, scoring both touchdowns on passes.

“We were not sharp on offense,” Files said. “We became more aggressive as the game progressed, but we did not start well.

“For the last three quarters I thought our defense played pretty well. We had some assignment errors that really hurt us.

“Kittitas has good team speed, which gave us trouble. I liked the way our defense continued to force key turnovers.”

Scoring was not provided for the Raiders.

Lake Roosevelt (3-2 overall, 0-1 league) is at Manson (0-4, 0-2) on Friday, Oct. 11.

OMAK – Quincy won a slugfest, 18-0, over Omak on Oct. 4.

“They had four or five wheeled off the field and we had just about the same,” Omak coach Nick Sackman said.

The Jackrabbits led 6-0 into the fourth quarter of the defensive struggle.

Amongst those injured for Omak was Dustin Thorp, who was taken by private vehicle to Mid-Valley Hospital as a precautionary measure, Sackman said.

Omak quarterback Alex Aguilar has been battling back spasms for several weeks, the coach said.

“This was probably the worst he’s ever had them in a game, but it was not the first time,” Sackman said. “He’s doing better.”

Aguilar was 2-8 passing for 32 yards and an interception.

Receivers included Joseph Best-Parisien (1-17) and Marcos Ruiz (1-15).

Omak rushers included Bryson Morris (3-13), Thorp (12-55), Cody Harvill (3-6), Aguilar (9-26), Brandon Landers (1-2) and Best-Parisien (4-21).

Brewster (2-3 overall, 1-2 league) is at Omak (0-5, 0-3) on Oct. 11.

“Brewster is surprising a lot of teams this year,” Sackman said. “They are big, they are physical and they seem to be getting better every week.

“Our biggest thing this week is getting some kids healthy,” he said.

In other CTL scores last week, Chelan topped Cascade, 33-20.

OROVILLE – Oroville’s offense proved to be too much for Manson, which fell 59-0 in a Central Washington League game Oct. 11.

Luke Kindred (8-148) scored on runs of 47 and 21 yards.

Tanner Smith (6-207) scored on runs of 50, 41 and 72 yards.

Dustin Nigg scored on a 14-yard interception return and 6-yard run.

Other scoring runs of 5 yards were by Sean DeWitte and Logan Mills,

“The defense tackled well,” Oroville coach Tam Hutchinson said.

Kindred and Connelly Quick each had four primary tackles.

Smith had 3 tackles, two of them for losses.

Lane Tietje also had 3 tackles for a loss, one for a 4-yard loss.

Liberty Bell (2-0 overall, 2-0 league) is at Oroville (3-1, 1-1) for a league game Friday, Oct. 11.

“Friday’s game with Liberty Bell should be a good one,” Hutchinson said. “We won’t be doing anything different, just more of the same. Liberty Bell’s running back, Austin Watson, is one of the best, so we will have to be on our toes and continue to tackle well if we are to contain him.

“Liberty Bell always plays well up front. We know we have to play well if we are to come out on top.”

REPUBLIC – Republic got a running clock in the second quarter en route to a 78-12 thrashing of Wellpinit on Oct. 4.

Alex Rivera rushed for 158 yards (26-yard average) and three touchdowns of 45, 19 and 52 yards.

Quarterback Aaron Fritts threw touchdown passes of 35 and 31 yards to Rivera. Fritts also ran 2 yards for a score.

Also scoring for the Tigers was Walker Baumbach on a 10-yard, Trevor Remien on runs of 12 and 28 yards and Ethan Ioli on a 29-yard run.

Republic (3-2 overall, 3-0 league) is at No. 11 Selkirk (4-1, 2-1) on Friday, Oct. 11.

CASHMERE – Cashmere topped Tonasket, 55-6, in a league game Oct. 4.

“Their offense ran over us and around us and their defense did not let us find any rhythm,” said Tonasket coach Jay Hawkins, whose team trailed 21-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at the half.

Tonasket (2-3 overall, 0-3 league) is at Cascade (3-2, 2-1) in the fourth straight road trip for the Tigers.

“Cascade has good size and a couple speedy guys,” Hawkins said. “We need to get better at what we do to challenge them.”

Tonasket stats: Michael Orozco 19 carries, 149 yards including 64-yard touchdown; Collin Aitcheson 5-36 running; Isaiah Yaussy-Albright 4-43 running; Trevor Terris 0-4 passing, 1 INT.

CUSICK – Cusick ran away from Curlew, 53-14, in a Northeast 1B League-North game Oct. 11.

The Cougars stayed close to Cusick for a quarter before the Panthers scored 33 unanswered second-quarter points.

Chance Wheaton scored on a 9-yard run for Curlew to cut the first-quarter deficit to 12-6.

Kyle Engebretson threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mathan Knapp in the fourth quarter.

Northport (0-5 overall, 0-3 league) is at Curlew (0-5, 0-4) for the Cougars homecoming at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

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