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Okanogan claims Brawl crown, 41-7

Omak tacklers attempt to take down Okanogan's Julian Cates in Backyard Brawl on Oct. 26.

Photo by Al Camp


Omak tacklers attempt to take down Okanogan's Julian Cates in Backyard Brawl on Oct. 26.

— Okanogan High School’s football team looked like a boa constrictor Thursday night, squeezing out a 41-7 win over Omak in the annual Backyard Brawl.

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Okanogan's Chet Craigen falls on a fumble.

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Martin Grooms of Okanogan (4) scores the Bulldogs' first touchdown. Also pictured are Raven Boyd (2) of Omak and Sean Park-Epley (22) of Okanogan.

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Austin Earley (56) and Chet Craigen (78) keep Omak quarterback Kanen Ables from throwing, forcing him to run during the Backyard Brawl on Oct. 27 in Omak. Pioneers include Trace Coppock (72).

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Omak's Lonnie Cawston (3) punts. Others are JJ Ibarra (3) of Omak and Josue Ramos (10) of Okanogan.

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Omak's Dillon Carlton (88) intercepts pass from Okanogan's Jordan Jessee (21).

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Okanogan's Jordan Jessee (21), left, and Levi Veenhuizen (23) save a touchdown on a run by Tanner Hall (11) of Omak.

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Okanogan Principal Bob Shacklett (seated) gets a wheelbarrow ride down the field Oct. 26 from Omak Principal David Kirk in a longstanding Omak-Okanogan football game tradition in which the winning team’s principal gets a ride.

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Tonasket's Seth Baugher (34), left, and Jack Montowski (4) surround Lake Roosevelt's Tony Nichols during the final regular season game Oct. 27 at Tonasket.

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Seth Miller of Oroville tackles John Mullen of Waterville.

“I thought our running game was executed very well by our offensive line and running backs,” Okanogan coach Erick Judd said...

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