10-21-10 Fball v Tonasket
Quinn Courtney and Tyler Hood were blowing holes open for Chelanís running backs and protecting the quarterback all night long against the Tonasket Tigers last Friday. Photo by Tracy Williams
Chelan's Football Team are League Champions
Goats guaranteed home field advantage for first playoff game
By Russ Gatzemeir
The Goats clinched the CTL championship with a 55-20 victory over Tonasket Friday night, October 22. The Goats are now 4-0 in league play and are guaranteed home field advantage for the first round of high school crossover playoffs.
Coach Darren Talley was worried heading up to Tonasket, "It's a tough place to play and they have one of the league's best running back in Keegan McCormick". But the Goats showed up on offense and defense this week to secure the title.
Matt Peterson scored the first three touchdowns for Chelan. The halftime score was 41-6. By the start of the fourth quarter many of the substitutes were in the game.
Robin Weathersby appeared full strength this week and the Tigers felt his presence as he amassed 72 yards rushing and caught 3 passes. Cole Schwartz had another good night rushing for 160 yards on 13 carries. Michael Amsel, Jr. was 14 for 18 passing the ball for 131 yards. He also threw for 3 touchdowns. Matt Robinson led the receivers with three receptions for 24 yards and one touch down. Matt Peterson and Robin Weathersby led the running backs with four and three receptions each.
The team is still without wide receiver and cornerback Aaron McQuaid, Talley predicts he'll be back soon. (Editors note: Aaron McQuaid, who is out sick will hopefully receive clearance to play from his doctor this coming week.)
Chelan's defense was able to contain McCormick. It had helped the week before, that the defense was tested by the Cashmere Bulldogs.
Matt Pittsinger rallied the defense again, but had lots of support from his teammates. Coach Talley rewarded him by giving him a couple of chances to run the ball. He responded with a stellar 7.5 yards per carry average.
The Goats are now in new position unlike few Chelan football teams have ever been; having one league game left, while having the CTL title wrapped up.
Next weeks game is against tough Cascade team in Peshastin. "They are going to come at us like a wounded bear," Talley predicts. The Kodiaks lost to Cashmere Friday night, 35-6. While history is on the side of the Kodiaks, Chelan will be looking to crack its losing record with them Friday night.
The Booster Club is planning another BBQ on the road for this week. Fans and alumni are very excited to be hosting another playoff game in the near future. Go Goats!