11-11-11 Ftball Playoff 1
The Chelan Goats and the Cle Elum Warriors faced their worst nightmare last Friday night as a winter storm blasted the Cle Elum football field with high winds and heavy snow that made it difficult to see across the football field let alone play football on it. Kinda shades of the Chicago Bears playing in Chicago on a cold windy night. Congratulations to the Chelan Goats on an incredible show of determination, skill and moxie in their win over Cle Elum 35-19.
CTL Athletics Photo Gallery by Richard Uhlhorn here
It’s Royal at 4 p.m. Saturday in Wenatchee’s Apple Bowl
By Richard Uhlhorn
Head Coach Darren Talley and his defensive coordinator, Nick Snyder traveled to the Royal Football game on Saturday afternoon to scout Chelan’s next opponent. “This is a traditional football team,” said Coach Talley during a telephone interview on Monday, November 14. “They are well coached and disciplined.”
Talley said that Royal, who have made appearances in the championship game five out of the last 10 years, was named the ‘Best Sports Team of the Decade’ in 2010.
Chelan will take this team to task on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. after the Cashmere game in Wenatchee’s Apple Bowl. “Cashmere is the number one seed out of District 6/7 and we stole the number one seed out of District 5 from Cle Elum.”
“The final 8 is the best of the best and that’s the way it should be,” said Talley who was also ecstatic about the Goats performance on Friday night against Cle Elum. “They had such great success with their running game all season and we took that away from them and forced them into a passing game.”
Talley lauded his defensive line and the linebackers for a great job on Friday night in what was incredibly adverse conditions. “I have never coached a team faced with a blizzard like we had at Cle Elum. I never played a game in the snow… so this was new to me,” said Talley. “It created some memories of a lifetime.”
Scoring Summary – Chelan v Cle Elum:
Chelan (7:53) Cole Schwartz 25yd RUN (Misael Arechiga kick)
Chelan (10:33) Michael Amsel Jr SAFETY
Cle Elum-Roslyn (0.56) Griffon Alexander 7yd PASS from Tyler Kretschman (kick failed)
Cle Elum-Roslyn (0.00) Jake Gall 40yd FUMBLE RETURN (run failed)
Chelan (5:00) M Amsel Jr 40yd RUN (M Arechiga kick)
Chelan (7:04) M Amsel Jr 23yd RUN (M Arechiga kick)
Chelan (5:20) M Amsel Jr 15yd RUN (kick failed)
Chelan (2:15) C Schwartz 48yd RUN (kick failed)
Cle Elum-Roslyn (0.09) Travis Kretschman 33yd PASS from Tyler Kretschman (G Alexander kick)
Coach Talley’s game summary:
Offensively the Mountain Goats worked against the Warriors and the elements running the ball to perfection despite the inclimate weather. Cole Schwartz ran for 163 yards rushing on 12 (13.58 yd per carry ave.) carries, with 2 rushing TD’s. Michael Amsel Jr. rushed 18 times for 172 yards (9.56 yd per carry ave.), and 3 rushing TD’s. Michael went 2 for 6 in the passing department for 58 yards. Matt Peterson carried the ball 6 times for 32 yards (5.33 yd per carry ave.), and Matt hauled in two unbelievable catches at critical times in the game for 58 yards. Konnar Stevens carried the ball once for 1 yard. It was not the best traction, but as the game wore on our Mountains got their snow feet under them and amassed 368 yards on the ground total, and the 5 rushing TD’s was enough to out distance the Warriors.
Defensively the Mountain Goats were absolutely outstanding holding the Warriors great rushing attack to only 79 yards on the night. To hold the 3 great running backs from Cle Elum to under 100 yards in the game was the key to the victory.
It forced the Warriors to have to throw the ball and the defense and the weather held them to only 108 yards passing on the night. The outstanding play by Mikey LaHaye in the middle of the defensive line with 8 tackles and 1 QB sack on the night made it a tough go for Cle Elum.
Other defensive lineman leading the way were Asa Schwartz, with 4 tackles and 1 QB sack, Alex Cortez with 4 tackles and 1 QB sack, Jose Aparicio with 4 tackles, Anything that got past the line of scrimmage the linebackers took care of finishing, with Cole Schwartz gobbling up and leading the Mountain Goats with 17 tackles.
Tyler Hood had 8 tackles, Bobby Anderson had 5, Michael Amsel Jr. had 6 tackles, and 3 QB sacks, Matt Peterson had 6 tackles, and Billy Poppie had 2 on the night. Matt Robinson at his free safety position had 6 tackles on the night, which was one of his best of the year. Konnar Stevens had 5 solo tackles and Tanner Hendricks had two on the night. Erick Oscarson, Marco Cardona, and Kai Clausen each had one tackle in the winter wonderland of football on Friday night.
Special teams were led by Misael Arechiga driving home 3 of 4 PATs in a blistering sometimes stormy weather night, with gusts that in warm ups sometimes made the kick into the wind seem as if it wouldn’t fly anywhere. Mike Amsel Jr. punted into the wind and had one of his strongest kicks, with a 45 yard punt that pushed Cle Elum way back.