The Chelan offensive line did a great job of protecting QB Michael Amsel Jr. who was 8 for 10 on his passing game to help lead the Goats to victory over the Omak Pioneers.
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Chelan knocks down Omak 35-10
By Richard Uhlhorn
“Our line of scrimmage was perfect tonight,” said Coach Darren Talley. Both the defensive and offensive lines played tough against Omak allowing Chelan to emerge from this tough hitting game with a solid 35-10 victory.
Coaches Talley and Snyder both called this one of the best defensive efforts they have seen since they started coaching the Goats. Chelan held Dylan Green, arguably one of the best running backs in the State, to only 94 yards and actually stopped him six times for negative yardage.
Defensively, Cole Schwartz led the team with 15 tackles and 6 assists on tackle. Schwartz was relentless in his pursuit of Green during the game. All in all, Chelan had 66 tackles on the night to hold Omak’s offense to a field goal and one touchdown. Asa Schwartz had 8 tackles and one fumble recovery, Marco Cardona, Alex Cortez and Michael LaHaye added 7 tackles each and Jerry Isenhart had 5 tackles and 1 QB ball knockdown.
Linebackers Bobby Anderson, Matt Peterson, Tyler Hood and Billie Poppie had 8, 7, 6 and 1 tackle respectively. Amsel Jr. had 5 tackles, 2 QB sacks and 1 blocked punt.
Offensively, Chelan was running on all eight cylinders. “We’ve got everyone back in the line-up in their normal positions,” said Coach Talley. It made a huge difference in how the Goat offense operated.
Chelan running backs, Cole Schwartz, Matt Peterson, Konnar Stevens and Billie Poppie combined for 218 yards of rushing with Schwartz leading the pack with 15 carries for 115 yards of those 218 yards.
At quarterback, Michael Amsel Jr. was making all the right decisions to help the team rack up 19 first downs. Amsel Jr. was 8 for 10 with his passing game. Erik Oscarson had 3 receptions for a total of 15 yards. Matt Robinson had one reception for 9 yards and Matt Peterson caught four passes for a total of 87 yards. All of Chelan’s wide receivers blocked well down field.
Matt Robinson and Tanner Hendricks along with sophomore Konnar Stevens have taken on the corners and are doing an exceptional job protecting against the pass. Stevens (11 tackles and 1 interception).
Jared Anderson was perfect on the night with 5 for 5 on point after attempts.
Chelan travels to Cashmere Friday, October 14, to take on the No. 1 State Ranked Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
After being beat by Chelan last year, the Bulldogs are hungry for a win and to regain possession of the Bronze Shoe. The Chelan Goats, however, are anxious to show Cashmere that they can play up with them and are looking forward to keeping the Shoe in the Chelan Display Case.
As the story goes:
“Cashmere has been a tough place for visiting teams since “Tiny” fired his cannon after every touch down starting back in the 1960’s, and great Head Coach Jack Collins built a program that would last for ages, with his sons Keith Collins (WSU track), Ken Collins (WSU Football), and Ron Collins (WSU Football) all having college bound careers under their Dad’s tutelage. The Chelan Mountain Goats will show up and give their all in a CTL League defining contest for supremacy at the mid point of the league season. Hope to see you their supporting our team.
This is the “Bronze Shoe” game and it means so much for our past Head Coach Bill Lippincott and his wife Joyce, along with their son Mark and family who live here in Chelan. It means a lot to present Coach Darren Talley, because he grew up with his Dad Del Talley as the Head Coach of Okanogan High School with arch rival Cashmere, when Jack Collins was their coach. Darren and middle son Ken Collins were both recruited to WSU by Jim Walden the same year. In fact Darren and Ken were roommates together at the All State Football game. The game means so much to Chelan Defensive Coordinator Nick Snyder from Port Townsend. Nick was part of the Port Townsend football team and during his sophomore and junior year was knocked out of the State Playoffs by Coach Collins (youngest son) Ron Collins and Cashmere High School. Nick Snyder started his college playing days at Wenatchee Valley Community College and one of his teammates and good friends is the current Cashmere Superintendent Glenn Johnson. Glenn Johnson was a former principal of Chelan High School who graduated from Cashmere HS and Glenn’s Dad was the superintendent of Cashmere School District. Oh ya, Glenn was also on the Cashmere HS team that knocked Nick Snyder’s Port Townsend team out of the playoffs. This is a small world after all and it just makes this game more fun for all concerned.”