Chelan quarterback Michael Amsel Jr. throuws a pass against the Cashmere Bulldogs in the Goats triumphant win over the defending state champions last Friday night. Photo by Jerry Isenhart Jr.
Goats head back to state playoffs for second year in row
Chelan defeats Cashmere for No. 1 CTL seed to playoffs
by Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan football fans are smiling this week. For the second year in a row, Chelan is off to the football playoffs and will host the Royal Knights in a first round game this coming Saturday, November 14, beginning at
According to Coach Darren Talley, this is the first time in ChelanHigh School history that Chelan has hosted a State Football Playoff game.
In order for Chelan to host a playoff game, they had to beat the number one team in the Caribou Trail League this year... the Cashmere Bulldogs. That is never an easy task, and over the years, Cashmere has generally come out on top. The last time Chelan beat Cashmere was in 1999, but it had been a long dry period.
Chelan's 21-14 win over the Bulldogs last Friday night came at the right time. It was a loser out playoff game. Chelan came into the game as the number 5 team in the CTL against the No. 3 ranked team in the state. Cashmere also entered this game as the defending state champions.
The week before, Chelan lost due to some punting errors that gave Cashmere the upper hand. "We fixed our punt game this week," said Coach Talley. "We also had no turnovers, no interceptions and no fumbles... it was a perfect game for us." Talley went on to say, "It's what you have to do to win against a good teams."
The Royal City Knights come into this Saturday's game with a 6-2 record. They lost to both Connell and Zillah during the regular season. "Both of those teams were undefeated," said Talley. "They are still Royal," added Talley.
The Royal City Knights have an astounding football record. In the last 20 years, the team has lost only 26 games which includes playoff appearances.
But, as the defending state champions found out, the record means nothing on game day. "We are bumped and bruised, which is the way it should be after a game like last weeks," said Talley. "But we'll be ready to play on Saturday, but the neat thing is that the game is at home."