Senior Kai Clausen has been
steady as an explosive running back throughout the Chelan Goat Football season and
will be called upon to up the ante at tonight’s cross-over game against a very
good Riverside Football Team.
Chelan enters cross-over
game in Riverside tonight
by Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan travels to Riverside to take on No. 2 Riverside in
Bi-District action Friday, November 8. The game will begin at 7 p.m. If Chelan
wins, they will enter the first round of the State Playoffs on either November
15 or 16.
If Chelan wins the first round game they would continue
on to the Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals and finally the Championship game.
The Goats enter the Bi-District game as the third seed
out of the CTL having lost only two games in league action this year, one to
the Okanogan Bulldogs 27-18 and a devastating loss to Cashmere, 30-29. Since
then, the Goats have been on a winning roll beating Cascade, 33-20, Quincy,
14-7, Omak, 45-0, Brewster, 35-16 and Tonasket, 48-7.
Like Chelan, Riverside has lost only two game this year
also. In looking at the scores of Riverside’s games, they are also a high
scoring team which means that Chelan’s defense will have to step up and hold
Riverside to short yardage and also protect against the pass, because looking
at the Ram’s offensive scoring statistics, they are adept at both the running
and passing game.
Riverside’s closest game came against Lakeside whom they
defeated 32-29 using the pass and run effectively.
Chelan had a pretty easy schedule over the past three
weeks, defeating Omak (45-0), Brewster (35-16) and Tonasket (48-7).
In the last game of the regular season, Coach Travis
Domser said, “We executed well on offense and adjusted well on defense. That’s
exactly where we should be right now.”
Domser says the team has treated the last two games as
playoff games and the players have responded well. “We don’t have a lot of
players who have played in a football game like this one coming up, so we need
to prepare hard and leave everything there against Riverside.”
The Goats have been working very hard this past week to
prepare for Riverside. “We needed to work hard this week if we want to beat a
team like Riverside.”
Game time at Riverside is a 7 p.m. and will be carried on
KOZI for those who can’t make it to the game.
Last week against Tonasket,
the team had a scoring frenzy spread between six players. Kai Clausen had 2
touchdowns and one 2 pt. conversion; Luke Gleasman and Tanner Hendricks also
had 2 touchdowns each; Julian Buyas had 1 TD; Donny Watson had one conversion
for 2 points and Jared Anderson scored 2 points on Point After Kicks.
If the Goats can mix up the
rushing and passing between players, they have a good chance of winning this
first post season game and making it to the Quarterfinals.