9.5.12 Chelan Homecoming v Quincy
Kai Clausen chalked up 19 yards of rushing against Quincy on an evening of football
that had Quincy playing very tough defense against the run.
Chelan falls to Quincy 21-0
By Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan opened its homecoming game against the Quincy Jackrabbits with great defense. Both teams were trying to take each others measure and both teams were having trouble offensively. Defensively, Chelan was playing well, not only holding the Jacks, but recovering a fumble with 5:45 left to play in the first quarter, but were unable to put the ball into the end zone.
The Jacks recovered a fumbled ball and took it to the 50 yard line with 2:20 remaining in the first quarter and then moved the ball downfield to the 10 yard line where Chelan’s defense once again held strong, forcing the Jacks to attempt a field goal with 37.4 seconds remaining in the first. They missed.
Chelan took over the ball at its 20 yard line, but Quincy recovered another fumble early in the second quarter and scored its first touchdown with 10:49 remaining in the second. The point after was no good and the Jacks took the lead 0-6.
On Chelan’s next possession the Jacks push the ball into the end zone for a safety taking the score to 0-8 with 9:59 to play in the second quarter.
Tanner Hendricks picked off a Quincy pass with 8:59 to play in the first half, but Chelan was unable to take it down and Quincy took the ball to the 16 yard line and was stopped by Erik Oscarson who ran the runner down.
With 3:05 remaining in the first half, Quincy scored its second touchdown, but missed a two point conversion attempt to lead the game 0-14.
After the halftime break, both teams struggled to move the ball and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Quincy scored its last touchdown of the evening. The point after kick was also good taking Quincy out to a 21-0 lead, which is where the game ended.
Chelan played some excellent ball against Quincy. Freshman quarterback Luke Gleasman completed 12 of 21 passes for a total of 109 yards, but the Jackrabbits strong defense was able to hold the Goats to only 23 yards of rushing. Kai Clausen carried the ball six times for 19 of those yards. Mykey Flowers, Bobby Anderson, Zach Burchett all worked hard but were only able to come up with 10 yards of rushing between them.
Defensively, Aza Schwartz had 16 tackles including a quarterback sack and fumble recovery. Alex Cortez wasn’t far behind with 14 tackles. Bobby Anderson added 10 with Luke Gleasman adding another 9 tackles. Michael LaHaye had 8 tackles. Zach Burchett, Kai Clausen and Luis Garcia had 6 tackles each.
“Our defense made some great stops,” said Coach Darren Talley. “They were on the field too much of the game, but we made some major steps forward and played a much better game defensively than we did last week.”
Jared Anderson did a great job punting off the long snaps by Asa Schwartz.
Chelan’s game is coming alive with the younger varsity players beginning to enjoy the more physical aspects of the game.
Chelan travels to Omak on Friday, October 12, to take on the Pioneers under the Friday night lights.