With Michael Amsel Jr. (left) back at quarterback for the Chelan Goats, the team seems to have regained its confidence and synchronization on the field. Okanogan is the next opponent and they come into next Friday night’s game on their home field with a 4-0 record. They will be facing a formidable Chelan offense and defense.
Goats back in sync… beat Foster 35-7
Play Okanogan Friday in league action
by Richard Uhlhorn
With Michael Amsel Jr back at quarterback, Matt Robinson and Matt Peterson in their normal roles on the team, Chelan seems to be back in sync.
The team rolled into Tukwila last Friday to take on the Foster football team and came away with a 35-7 win, putting them a 2-2 on the season. Foster High School is apparently the most diverse high school in the nation with with over 40 nationalities enrolled and 64 different languages to deal with.
Foster, which is a 2A school, also made it into the top eight teams last year. “”Athletically, Foster is one of the best teams we’ve ever seen,” said Coach Talley. Foster High School is obviously a school that is teaching its young athletes the meaning of “It’s not whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game!” After the game, all of Foster’s coaches and players lined up on the 50 yard line facing the Chelan Goats. “We followed their lead and took a knee facing them,” said Talley.
It was then that something happened that Talley has never seen in all of his years as a player and coach. After praising Chelan for its team play and sportsmanship, Foster’s Coach Sutrick thanked Chelan for driving so far to play the game. In addition, the team and booster club made up and gave each of the Chelan players a goodie bag filled with snacks for the drive back to Chelan. The Foster Booster Club also gave Chelan a check for $200 in appreciation for traveling to Tukwila to play.
“I have never witnessed anything like what happened at this football game before and it touched our hearts in a way that is so uncommon in the hurried world we all work and live in, but it was real and it showed what can happen, when you have a mission and a calling to make our world a better place,” wrote Coach Talley. “Thank you Foster High School and Coach Sutrick for stepping out and taking the lead in real and true sportsmanship.”
It was a game that had Matt Peterson, scoring the first touchdown on a 19 yard pass from Amsel. Jared Anderson kicked the point after. Cole Schwartz scored on a 3 yard drive in the first with Anderson kicking the point after again. The third touchdown came with a Amsel to Matt Robinson 45 yard pass reception. The first quarter ended with Chelan up 21-0
It wasn’t until late in the second quarter that Chelan was able to get back on the board with a 62 yard pass from Amsel to Peterson. In the third, after a lot of jockeying back and forth between the two teams, Amsel ran the ball in from 16 yards out to give Chelan a 35-0 lead.
Foster got on board in the fourth quarter on a 20 yard pass from QB Ian Buckmaster to wide receiver Gabe Gutierrez. Gutierrez also kicked the point after to make the final score of the game 35-7.
Defensively, Chelan was on the ball with Cole Schwartz ending the game with 21 tackles on the night followed by Bobby Anderson who ended up with 12 tackles. Asa Schwartz from the defensive end position added 10 tackles and Matt Peterson had 10 from his strong safety side. Amsel had eight tackles, one forced fumble, one knock down, 2 QB hurries and one key blocked punt.
Marco Cardona had his best defensive game of the year from the line with six tackles and one QB sack. Alex Cortez had six tackles from the defensive end position and Matt Robinson added two tackles, two ball knock downs and two interceptions.
This coming Friday, Chelan will travel to Okanogan to play the Bulldogs. Neither Chelan or Okanogan have played a league game yet, so this should be a good one.
Okanogan comes into the game with a 4-0 record, beating Omak, Brewster, and Lake Roosevelt in non-league action. “They are pretty excited about where things are for them,” said Talley. Okanogan has a new coach this year and could be a tough contender on the CTL.