10-14-11 Chelan Football
Chelan’s Cole Schwartz had an incredible game against the Cashmere Bulldogs. Always fighting for more yardage and always looking for the ball on defense. Offensively, Cole carried the ball 17 times for 81 yards and had 21 tackles from the defensive side of the line.
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Goats lose shoe to Cashmere in close game
By Richard Uhlhorn
Everyone who follows the Chelan Goats knows the final outcome between the Goats and Bulldogs was decided by one play as the clock wound down. “There was a missed block on that last play,” said Coach Darren Talley. “If he’d gotten his block, Mike would have scored.” Talley said it’s a block that is never missed, but it was Friday night as Cashmere took back the Bronze Shoe by a score of 36-35.
Everyone who watched this game knows that Chelan owned Cashmere from the first kickoff. “Our line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball played well,” stated Talley. “Everyone’s effort was terrific. We just had a few mental errors which we will work clear of this week.”
Chelan had no problem moving the ball on offense and, for the most part, stopped Cashmere dead in their tracks on defense. But with 1:15 remaining to play and Cashmere trailing by a score of 35-29, the Bulldogs held Chelan from making a 1st down and took the ball over on Chelan’s 15 yard line.
Cashmere drove the length of the field with one outstanding long pass play and scored with 47.5 seconds remaining on the clock to take the lead 36-35 on a Roberts touchdown.
Chelan answered and moved the ball to its own 1 yard line. With a mere seven seconds remaining in this exhilarating game and with no timeouts remaining Chelan was forced to spike the ball on first down. On second down and goal to go, the Goats tried to run the ball into the end zone behind its line, but one missed block and Amsel Jr. was tackled for a no gain as the clock ran to zero.
Offensively, Cashmere received the ball and Chelan shut them off in four short downs, took over the ball and drove it across the 50 yard line. QB Michael Amsel Jr. nailed Matt Peterson with a beautiful pass that went for a touchdown 45 yards down field. Jared Anderson kicked the point after to go ahead of the Bulldogs 7-0.
On the kickoff, Mahliek Roberts broke free and ran the ball back 90 yards for a Cashmere touchdown to tie the game at 7-all.
Chelan’s Cole Schwartz ran the ball in for Chelan’s second touchdown from 2 yards out, but the point after kick just barely missed the mark. This put the Goats in the lead 13-7.
In the second quarter, Cashmere struck back with a touchdown to regain the lead 14-13.Then it was Chelan again with a 17 yard pass from Amsel to Peterson. Cashmere closed out the first half with another touchdown and converted for two points.
In the third quarter, Cashmere struck again and it looked as though the Bulldogs were going to take control, leading by two touchdowns 22-13.
The fourth quarter saw Chelan scoring two more touchdowns and a safety to take the lead 35-29; the first was a 16 yard pass to Erick Oscarson, but the point after kick failed. It was followed by a 40 yard pass to Matt Robinson and Amsel ran the ball in for a 2 point conversion to bring the score to 33-29 after which Brendan Wagner got a safety to take the score to 35-29.
At this point the Chelan fans and team were already celebrating what looked like a sure victory, and that’s when Cashmere answered with the long pass play and drive to take the lead 36-35.
Cashmere won this game on several point after kicks missing and a few mental errors. Most fans agree that Chelan will probably get revenge during the playoffs. “I’m pretty sure we’ll see Cashmere in the finals,” said Talley.
Michael Amsel Jr. completed 13 of 21 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns. He ran the ball 21 times for 105 yards and scored on a two point conversion.
Matt Robinson had an incredible game, catching 7 passes for 106 yards and one TD. Erick Oscarson scored one touchdown on a 15 yard pass and Matt Peterson carried the ball 4 times for 17 yards. He also caught 4 passes for 89 yards and two TDs. Cole Schwartz working out of the fullback position carried the ball 17 times for 81 yards and one rushing TD. Billie Poppie rushed 3 times for 6 yards and caught one pass for 7 yards.
“We had one of the best nights of the year defensively,” said Talley. “We held the high powered Bulldogs in check for most of the night.”
Chelan was relentless in their pursuit of the ball against Cashmere, stopping them cold most of the night.
Chelan’s Cole Schwartz led all tacklers with 21. “He just wants to get to the ball,” said Coach Talley. Cole’s younger brother Asa had 11 tackles along with Tyler Hood. Bobby Anderson had 7 and Michael LaHaye had 6 tackles. Amsel added another 6 and a caused fumble. Matt Robinson had 5 tackles and a fumble recovery. Alex Cortez had 4 tackles and Alex Cortez, Matt Peterson, Marco Cardona and Jose Aparicio all had 3 tackles each. Konnar Stevens added 2 more and Poppie and Jerry Isenhart both had 1 tackle apiece.
Coach Talley and his staff are still developing the Goats special teams. “They did not have their best night because we did not give them enough time to practice. That won’t happen again.”
All in all, the fans on both sides of the coin loved this game. It was exhilarating and Chelan definitely showed Cashmere that they came to play football.
Chelan (9:23) Matt Peterson 45yd PASS from Michael Amsel Jr (Jared Anderson kick)
Cashmere (908) Mahliek Roberts 90yd KICK RETURN (Brendan Wagner kick)
Chelan (3:12) Cole Schwartz 2yd RUN (kick failed)
Cashmere (9:59) Joey Michael 4yd RUN (B Wagner kick)
Chelan (4:38) M Peterson 17yd PASS from M Amsel Jr (run failed)
Cashmere (2:47) Casey Ruether 25yd RUN (M Roberts run)
Cashmere (3:05) M Roberts 8yd RUN (B Wagner kick)
Chelan (11:46) Erick Oscarson 16yd PASS from M Amsel Jr (kick failed)
Chelan (7:10) Matt Robinson 40yd PASS from M Amsel Jr (M Amsel Jr run)
Chelan (2:10) B Wagner SAFETY
Chelan hosts Tonasket this coming Friday night, October 21 with the opening kickoff at 7 p.m.