Chelan has two rough weeks on football field
by Richard Uhlhorn
Last Friday night in Okanogan, Chelan and Cashmere played for the right to keep the Bronze Shoe. Chelan was unable to stop a strong Cashmere team and fell to the Bulldogs 47-0.
Chelan had a hard time moving the ball against Cashmere’s defense. The Bulldogs haven’t allowed a single point so far this season.
Freshman quarterback Luke Gleasman stayed in the pocket against heavy pressure to throw for 99 yards. By the end of the second quarter of play, Chelan was able to move the ball to Cashmere’s 12 yard line before the half time buzzer went off. “Scoring against Cashmere’s defense would have been a great way to end the first half,” said Coach Darren Talley.
The Goats were unable to stop Cashmere’s fullback, Mo Roberts , who accounted for most of Cashmere’s rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, Asa Schwartz led the Goats with 9 tackles with three of them being quarterback sacks and 1 caused fumble. Konnar Stevens had 6 tackles and 1 interception and Alex Cortez also had 6 tackles on the night.
Luke Gleasman and Dillon Morrixon had 5 tackles each followed by Luis Garcia and Bobby Anderson with 4 tackles each. Michael LaHaye had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery. Jose Padila added 3 tackles also.
Chelan takes on the Cascade Kodiaks this coming Friday night in Leavenworth.
Two weeks ago, Chelan played Okanogan and lost that game 21-6. “Okanogan played a very opportunistic game,” said Coach Darren Talley.
Offensively Konnar Stevens led all Chelan rushers, with 13 carries for 82 yards and one TD. Kai Clausen had another good night with 9 carries for 73 yards rushing. Freshman Luke Gleasman is learning what it feels like to be a QB on the varsity level and improving each week.
Defensively Bobby Anderson was the leading tackler with 13 tackles (9 solos and 4 assists). Followed by Erick Oscarson, with 9 tackles (5 solos and 4 assists), and Dillon Morrison had 8 tackles (4 solos and 4 assists). Kai Clausen had 8 tackles (3 solos and 5 assists), with Mikey LaHaye having the biggest night from the defensive line position where he takes on double teams most of the time, and then fights through the double team to get to the ball carriers.
Mikey had 7 tackles (6 solos and 1 assist). Asa Schwartz had 5 tackles (5 solos), and Alex Cortez had 5 tackles (4 solos and 1 QB Sack). Tanner Hendricks had 4 tackles (4 solos), along with fellow defensive back Zach Burchett with 3 solo tackles. Newcomer sophomore Francisco Arteaga had 2 solo tackles, and Eli Jenkins had 2 tackles (1 solo and 1 assist). Another first year player Luis Garcia had 2 tackles (1 solo and 1 assist), and Konnar Stevens had 1 solo tackle on the night.
Special Teams kickoff coverage was very good on the night, and kick off returner Mykey Flowers showed off his running and cutting ability on a great 22 yard return through a Okanogan maze of players.