Chelan’s defense is one huge key to its success so far this season. Coach Darren Talley says it is the best defensive effort he has had in the past three years of coaching the Goats. He applauds his assistant coaching staff including coaches Nick Synder, Phil Harvey, Matt Mathews, Coach Lopez and Steve Stamps.
Chelan Goats blank Tigers 35-0
By Richard Uhlhorn (Photos by Tracy Williams)
The Chelan Goats continued its high performance on the football field Friday night when they traveled to Tonasket to take on the Tigers and came away with a resounding 35-0 win. “We came out strong on offense, defense and with our special teams,” reported Coach Darren Talley. “I think the kids just wanted this game very badly. They wanted to prove that last week’s 47-7 score over Port Townsend was for real.”
By the third quarter of play, Chelan had scored three touchdowns and Tonasket was unsuccessful in getting its offense moving. “I think we caught them off guard,” said Coach Talley in a telephone conversation. Teams will continue to key on running back Derrick Talley, but Chelan has deep talent in the running department and will be able to mix up its offensive game to keep opponents off guard.
Coach Talley has given this team a goal to aim for perfection, but to realize that it is a journey to get there. Friday’s game went a long way to giving this team the confidence it needs to continue its winning ways. “What our kids are realizing is that nothing good comes free or easy,” he stated in his report.
Chelan’s offense racked up 471 yards in this game. “We knew Derrick Talley and Greg Schultz could run, but what we saw in this game was the emergence of Cole ‘Train’ Soreano coming of age,” said Talley.Cole’s summer training program is paying off for him and the Goats. ”Cole ran over and through, and on one running play pulled at least five Tigers with him down the field,” reported Talley
Chelan’s line has also come of age. Big and strong, Talley reports that they are “work horses” and are beginning to realize that they can run also. “We had so many of our linemen down field on the attack that it was like a tidal wave.”
“Our defensive effort was the best we've ever had in my three years here in Chelan.To hold Tonasket to under 100 yards of total offense, except for their one drive late in the fourth quarter was stellar,” said Talley.
Talley attributes defensive coordinator Coach Nick Snyder’s work for putting together a great defensive package over the last winter, spring and summer. “He is demanding all out effort from our players and they are trying to achieve that for him.”
“Coach Phil Harvey our defensive line coach and his "Harvey's Hogs" in the trenches along with assistant Coach Matt Mathews are creating all kinds of problems for opposing offenses.”The fact that our line of scrimmage is being so dominant is setting up everything else in our defensive scheme. Coach Lopez has our defensive ends playing great ball right now.Sacks, hurries, blocked punts are starting to be expected by our team because of the pressure and speed of our ends.Coach David Talley and Coach Steve Stamps have our defensive backs off to one of the best starts for a Chelan secondary ever. Our DB's are looking and getting interceptions” reported Talley. “In two games our defense has seven team interceptions.”
Chelan’s Julio Juarez and Jaime Guerrero were perfect for the night on special teams kicking.“Julio Juarez made every extra point try he attempted.Jaime Guerrero our punter was perfect for the night.Jaime didn't get on the field, because our offense never punted the whole night.Not even when our JV's were in on offense,” reported Talley
Chelan’s tackling has taken on new meaning for the Goats. Led by Davey Anderson, the team is very aggressive on defense. Anderson piled up eight tackles and assisted on eight more against Tonasket.
Chelan is working hard this week for its upcoming game against the Lake Roosevelt Raiders at home this coming Friday evening, September 26, beginning at
Greg Schultz – 80 yards, 1 touchdown
Joe Harris – 69 yards, 2 pass (2/5) completions for 44 yards