Aaron McQuaid made an incredible interception to help the Chelan Goats to the victory last Friday evening.
Chelan bounces back to a 16-14 victory over Tonasket
By Richard Uhlhorn
After losing their opening non-league game a week before, Chelan reloaded for the Tonasket Tigers and played some excellent football to defeat the Tigers 16-14 in a game that Coach Darren Talley said, “What a difference a week can make.”
Defensively, Chelan hit harder and stopped one of the better offenses in the Caribou Trail League.
“This football game was one fo the hardest htitting games I’ve seen in four years. Nick Snyder, our defensive coordinator, had a great game plan to stop the potent Tonasket offense led by a great Keegan McCormick at tailback.”
Chelan’s defense held McCormick to only 96 yards of rushing. Assistant Coaches Matt Mathews and Jerry Lopez had Chelan’s line fire up for the task at hand.
Coach Talley reports that the offensive and defensive line worked very hard at containing the Tigers at the line of scrimmage.
~ “Colter Courtney had the most tackles of any defensive lineman in the past four years,” wrote Talley. Courtney had 8 tackles and 2 hurries.
~ Quinn Courtney added 5 tackles with one behind the line of scrimmage.
~ Doug Ramsey added 2 tackles and both Jose Aparicio and Evan Reister had one tackle each.
“That’s 17 tackles for the big guys on the defensive line of scrimmage. When you have that much pressure on the quarterback, he has to throw quicker than he would like to.”
The linebackers had one of the best nights they’ve had in four years also. Matt Pittsinger had 16 huge tackles with one of those behind the line of scrimmage and he also had one quarterback sack on the sideline.
Cole Schwartz had 14 tackles including one quarterback sack. Adam Hendricks in the middle linebacker slot came up with 11 tackles. Alby Paz added 8 tackles.
The linebackers ended up with 49 tackles total and brought a lot of sting to those tackles. Aaron McQuaid added 9 tackles, one ball knock-down and one key interception late in the game that was crucial to Chelan’s victory over the Tigers.
Robin Weathersby added 2 tackles and 2 ball knockdowns. Matt Robinson spelled Weathersby and added 1 tackle. The defensive backs added 21 tackles on the night for a total of 92 tackles. “Great defense wins championships” said Tally.
Offensively, the line opened up great holes and gave Chelan’s running backs opportunity after opportunity to gain yardage. Quarterback Evan Reister did a great job of managing the huddle and running the offense.
Reister had two key passes to Arron McQuaid at crucial times when the team needed the yardage. Reister also had 50 yards of rushing including one from the six inch line that got the offense away from the end zone and a potential safety.
Matt Peterson led all ball carriers with 72 yards with Weathersby adding 34 yards of rushing while showing some great cuts and alluding would be tacklers.
Paz and Schwartz both had 30 yards rushing each. Pittsinger added 10 yards to give Chelan a total of 226 yards on the ground. Jose Aparicio and Jose Ramirez are filling in with kicking chores and doing an excellent job of filling the shoes of last year’s kickers.
The team’s special team covrage was fast and Coach Talley was proud of their willingness to do the small things that help them get better each week.
Statistics: Chelan - 0 0 16 0 = 16 Tonasket - 0 7 0 7 = 14 Matt Perterson – touchdown Cole Schwartz - touchdown Aaron McQuaid – 2 pt. conversion
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