Amsel Jr. was a very busy quarterback last Friday night against the Okanogan Bulldogs. He scored three touchdowns on 474 yards
of rushing and 101 yards gained on kickoff returns and a fumble recovery. He
also completed 6 of 12 passes for 210 yards. Photo by Richard
enjoy homecoming with 77-49 win over Okanogan High
scoring wild game enjoyed by large crowds by
monstrous crowd showed up for Chelan’s Homecoming game against the Okanogan
Bulldogs. Few if any of them expected the scoring spectacle that both Chelan and
Okanogan put on. It was quite a show… a show
that Chelan capped off with its largest scoring game anyone can remember,
defeating a very good Okanogan Bulldog team 77-49.
wasn’t until the end of the first half that the crowd realized that this game
could go either way. Chelan opened the game with a nice drive downfield that
culminated in the end zone on a nice run by Matt Peterson. Chelan capped that
drive off with a 2-point conversion to go ahead 8-0 with 8:51 remaining to play
in the first quarter.
Chelan defense was relentless in holding Okanogan’s rushing game and with 2:44
remaining to play, Okanogan’s quarterback Ryan Price was sacked by Chelan
resulting in a loose ball that got kicked downfield to the 14 yard line with
Chelan in control again. With 10:52 remaining in the second quarter, Cole
Schwartz scrambled across the goal line for Chelan’s second touchdown. Then
Aaron McQuaid pulled down a beautiful 69 yard pass from Michael Amsel Jr. to put
Chelan up 22-0
finally got on the board with 7:40 remaining to play in the first half and then
the fun began.
Congratulations to Senior Sarah Waszkewitz... this year's
pulled down the kickoff and scampered downfield for an 86 yard kickoff return.
This put Chelan out front 29-7 after the point after kick.
is fair play and on the very next kickoff, Okanogan’s MartyStaggs ran the ball back 91 long yards for
the Bulldogs second TD of the game. With 1:57 remaining in the first half,
Chelan answered the kickoffreturn
with a 34 yard pass from Amsel for a touchdown.
Chelan seemingly in control and the score 35-14, the Bulldogs exploded with two
touchdowns; one on a one yard run by quarterback Ryan Price with :33 seconds
remaining in the first half. Then Okanogan knocked on the door with only 8
seconds remaining and scored on a one yard pass from Price to Bristol.
of a sudden, Chelan was only leading by seven points at the end of the first
half. With the score 35-28 after holding a 22-0 lead, what does a coach tell his
team in the locker room. Coach Darren Talley said he told his team what he
always tells them. “Guys, you need to learn how to finish. In the heat of a
battle you either rise up or you wilt.”
was more proud of the way they played in the second half,” said Coach Talley.
And play they did. The teams entered the third quarter with a slim lead to
Chelan. Everyoneon the sidelines
was wondering who was going to emerge as the stronger team. Chelan did and did
in a big way. In the opening minute Amsel picked up a fumbled ball and ran it in
55 yards for a TD. Three and a half minutes later, Cole Schwartz scored on a one
yard run and then again on a five yard run two minutes later. Okanogan finally scored with 2:50 remaining in the third
on a nice 19 yard pass from Price to Joe Townsend.
pounded the nails into the coffin three more times in the fourth quarter with
Matt Peterson scoring twice; one early in the fourth on a two yard run and then
with 6:09 remaining on a 21 yard run. Amsel, who had a huge game, rushed for 119
yards, scored on 23 yard run. The Bulldogs scored another touchdown on a 25 yard
Price pass to Jerid Peterson.
Schwartz had 117 yards of rushing followed by Matt Peterson with 63 yards of
rushing. Aaron McQuaid added to the night’s excitement with 132 yards of
Whilethe win was huge for Chelan, Talley said
he wouldn’t be surprised to see Okanogan in the
mix for this year’s playoffs. Chelan held Conner Tupling to only 29 yards
rushing and Okanogan’s total rushing to 54
yards, but Bulldog quarterback Ryan Price had a huge game, connecting on 27 of
his 48 passing attempts for a total of 342 yards.
defense was relentless in its pursuit of the ball which had a lot to do with the
team’s success Friday evening.
travels to Omak next Friday evening to play the Pioneers.