Senior fullback Cole Schwartz led the Chelan Goats on Friday with 98 yards rushing.
Goats come up short against Cle Elum
By Richard Uhlhorn
It wasn’t pretty! Chelan faced off with the Cle Elum Warriors last Friday night and found themselves in early trouble. After scoring the first touchdown after a great drive on an 8 yard run by Matt Peterson, the Warriors answered with a TD on a long run.
Chelan fell into mistake after mistake including three offside penalties, 6 interceptions, 5 fumbled balls, all of which led to Cle Elum touchdowns. Defensively, Chelan’s line and secondary couldn’t seem to stop the Warrior running game and/or passing game. “Our line and secondary were discombobulated,” stated Coach Darren Talley in a telephone interview on Monday.
Senior Cole Schwartz had a good game, rushing for 98 yards and intercepting a Cle Elum pass at the 30 yard line and running it to the 11 yard line. Unfortunately, Chelan was unable to capitalize on this possession, giving the ball back to Cle Elum at the 10 yard line
When the clock ran out on the first half, Chelan was trailing 28-7.
On the first play after Chelan kicked off the ball, Cle Elum fumbled and Chelan recovered., but another pass interception set-up a 73 yard run for another touchdown with 9:59 remaining in the third. The after a nice offensive drive, Cle Elum recovered another fumble by Chelan and converted that to pay dirt on a pass play that had been working for them all night taking the score out to 41-7. Chelan turned right around and fumbled the ball again and Cle Elum recovered that fumble also.
By the time Chelan got to the fourth quarter, the 49-7 score kicked in the Running Clock Time rule.
In the fourth quarter, Coach Talley took Matt Robinson out as quarterback and put in Tanner Hendricks. Robinson was in his comfort zone as a wide receiver and Hendricks did a nice job at quarterback, hitting Robinson several times for completions including one 31 yard touchdown pass.
With the score 49-14, Chelan was able to hold Cle Elum for the rest of the fourth quarter and the game mercifully ended with an excited Cle Elum team getting their revenge over last year’s 42-21 defeat by Chelan.
Coach Talley said, “That game was our worst display ever. We had a nice coaches meeting on Sunday and it will be a new day dawning today at practice.”
Michael Amsel Jr. will be back at quarterback which Talley hopes will turn his team’s mental attitude around. “We’ll start seeing everybody where they should be playing.” Running Matt Robinson at quarterback was a temporary measure according to Talley and now Robinson will be able to take over at wide receiver. “There might very well be other changes to the line-up,” said Talley.
On Friday, September 23, the team travels to Seattle to take on Foster in a non-league game. “Foster will be so much faster than Cle Elum,” said Talley. “They made it to the 2A quarterfinals last year.”
The team has a lot to work towards. Cashmere beat Connell and is aching to get that Shoe back, but Talley, as always, is confident that Chelan has the talent and desire to get back on track.
Coach Talley’s report on the Chelan Cle Elum game.
Chelan started the opening drive of the game ready to play football running and passing the ball to pay dirt. Cle Elum answered right back and the game was on.
Chelan made too many turnovers to put themselves in a positive situation and Cle Elum capitalized on those mistakes taking a lead that they never relinquished defeating Chelan 49 - 14.
We did not play well as a team, and we did not respond to an excited Cle Elum team. We will work to correct what needs to be corrected this week as we head to Seattle this next weekend to take on 2010 2A playoff quarter final foe Foster High School in Tukwila.
One real nice positive was seeing young Tanner Hendricks come in at QB allowing Matt Robinson to take his starting role at Wide Receiver, which allowed Matt to immediately take charge on a 40 yard reception from Tanner for six.
On the defensive side a real bright spot was the play of sophomore Konnar Stevens. The kicking game became very solid this week with open tryouts and a surprise as Jared Anderson shined as a deep kicker and was perfect two for two on PAT's in the game. In this awesome game called football, as in life, there are ups, and there are downs.
We will continue to work as hard as possible in either, because if we don't we are almost guaranteed to have more of the later.
Matt Robinson – 8 yards rushing, 50 yards receiving, 1-10 passing and 3 tackles
Tanner Hendricks – 6-9 passing
Cole Schwartz – 98 yards rushing, 1 interception and 8 tackles.
Matt Peterson – 89 yards rushing, 1 touchdown and 5 tackles
Tyler Hood – 4 tackles.
Konnar Stevens also had a nice game offensively and defensively.