10.31.14 Football v Cashmere
Bryce Robison breaks up a pass during Chelan’s exciting game against the Cashmere Bulldogs.
The Bronze Shoe comes home on homecoming night
Goats last game is next Friday against Chewelah in Chewelah
by Richard Uhlhorn
“It was a great way to finish by winning the shoe,” said Coach Travis Domser. Up until the last four minutes of the battle for the bronze shoe, the score between the Goats and the Cashmere Bulldogs was locked at 21-21 with both teams battling for the win.
With only 2:16 remaining to play in regular time, Mason McClellan broke out of the backfield and scampered into the end zone to put Chelan up 27-21. Chelan recovered the ball and with 1:24 remaining, McClellan ran the ball in again giving the Goats a nice 35-21 cushion.
The Goats ended up with 456 total yards on 46 plays. “That’s pretty good,” stated Domser.
“It was a physical game on both sides,” said Domser. It was also a game dominated by huge plays. “I knew they would get yardage, but I knew we could score too.” This was a football game that was not dominated by one or two players. An entire team went onto the field and played their hearts out to bring the shoe back to Chelan.
Eli Jenkins at quarterback, Donny Watson on the wing, Mason McClellan and Bryce Robison out of the back field and an entire front line made play after play after play on offense.
Jenkins carried the ball 11 times for 164 yards and threw for 153 yards on 6 of 15 passes. McClellan added 155 yards on 18 carries and Watson had two pass receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Robison carried the ball three times for 56 yards. “It’s a good thing they are only sophomores,” said Domser,.
The offensive front line was tough all night opening up holes for runners to go through. On one occasion, Jenkins kept the ball and ran 84 yards for a touchdown that was called back.
Defensively the team shut down Cashmere’s running game with Julian Buyas leading the team with 10 tackles, four for a loss. He and Hayden Habich, Francisco Arteaga and Jose Padilla kept the Bulldogs honest all night.
Despite Chelan’s great performance this season, they are not in the playoff position. “Cascade beat us by two points and then beat Cashmere and will be the only team going into the playoffs from our league,” said Domser. “We knew that going in.”
On Thursday evening before the game, Tom Gormley opened up the meeting room at the Lakeside Lodge & Suites for a team dinner. Bob Doggett, owner of Local Myth Pizza supplied a ton of pizzas for the players to fill up on. Gormley added to the dinner with some of his specialty Italian meatballs and spaghetti or ??? with a great salad. Mark and Joyce Lippincott supplied the awards for the seniors, sponsors and others.