|11/5/2012 5:43:00 PM|
Goats win fourth straight
|From Darren Talley|
CHS Head Coach
The Chelan High School football team closed its season with a 42-13 victory Friday at Newport.
Chelan's football team left on a 6 hour bus ride to Newport, WA for its last game of the season. It was a non-qualifier crossover game pitting Chelan, the fifth-place team in the CTL against Newport, the fifth-place team from the Spokane NEA League. Chelan started the day leaving on the bus at 10:15 a.m., traveling through Waterville and over Highway 2. First quick stop was in Coulee City, then lunch at Doxies Diner at Wilbur, another quick stop at Spokane's Airway Heights, and the final leg a one hour trip north of Spokane to the Idaho border where Newport, Washington is located. The area north of Spokane all the way to Newport was filled with trees turning color, especially the Tamarac trees that were bright yellowish orange and ready to drop their nettles for the winter. Newport has a newer high school and nice rubberized track and football field. The air was damp and wet and the field grass was great, but slightly on the slippery side. It didn't matter as both teams warmed up knowing this game would be the last of the season, and each wanted to show what they were made of one more time. Prior to the game the head football coach of the Newport Grizzlies gave Chelan two great compliments: 1) Newport had played some tough teams, but Chelan would probably be the toughest of the year. 2) The Chelan Mountain Goats were probably the best football team in the history of 1A football to not qualify for the playoffs. Chelan played one of the best defensive nights of all time holding the Newport running game to just 26 yards on the night. Chelan's offense had one of their best games of the season rushing for 353 yards and six rushing TD's. Throughout the game between plays steam rose in the night sky off of the players in their respective huddles proving how hard each team was working on this beautiful night for football. Chelan dedicated the game and the memories that would be created to the seven graduating seniors playing in their last game as Mountain Goats: Michael Amsel Jr., Zach Burchett, Alex Cortez, Luis Garcia, Mikey LaHaye, Dillon Morrison, and Erick Oscarson. Thanks for all of the great memories over the past four years 2012 seniors.
Offensively for Chelan the running game was outstanding on a turf that was very slippery, and could have been an excuse for not keeping your cleats sunk firmly and flatly into the grass. QB's for Chelan added another 113 yards through the air bringing the offensive total to 466 yards in the season finally. Kai Clausen led the way carrying the ball 17 times for 180 yards rushing, two rushing TD's, and one rush for a two point conversion. Zach Burchett carried the ball 10 times for 73 yards and one rushing TD, and Zach caught two receptions for 74 yards. Luke Gleasman carried the ball 10 times for 43 hard fought yards through the middle of Newport's defense. Michael Amsel Jr. carried the ball 3 times for 31 yards, and one rushing TD. Michael also, went 4 for 4 through the air for 58 yards passing. In the first quarter Michael got into a shoving match with a Newport player and both were ejected for the remainder of the game. At halftime the referee apologized to both head coaches and said, he wished he would have just called off setting penalties, and warned both of the senior players letting them finish out their last high school football game. Eli Jenkins stepped into the QB spot and did a great job leading the Mountain Goats offensively. Eli carried the ball twice for 10 yards and one rushing TD, and he completed 2 of 13 in the air for 55 yards. Mykey Flowers had 2 carries. Salvador Gonzales carried the ball once for 17 yards rushing. Julian Buyas carried the ball once for a 14 yard TD run. Erick Oscarson caught 3 receptions for 29 yards. Tanner Hendricks hauled in one pass reception for 10 yards.
Chelan (7:17) Kai Clausen 52yd RUN (Jared Anderson kick)
Chelan (4:33) Michael Amsel Jr 2yd RUN (kick failed)
Newport (:49) Phillips 3yd PASS from Ryan Rapp (kick blocked)
Newport (9:51) Carter Schutz 1yd RUN (Matt Solis kick)
Chelan (6:24) Eli Jenkins4yd RUN (K Clausen run conversion)
Chelan (10:22) Zach Burchett14yd RUN (J Anderson kick)
Chelan (4:13) K Clausen 11yd RUN (J Anderson kick)
Chelan (:41) Julian Buyas 14yd RUN (J Anderson kick)
Defensively it was the lowest total rushing ever allowed by a Chelan defensive front. Newport only had 26 yards rushing on 25 carries for the night. Chelan held Brewster to just 30 yards rushing two games ago, but this was even more impressive. Chelan's linebackers and secondary did an outstanding job holding Newport to just 12 completions on 27 attempts through the air for 108 yards and one passing TD, with two interceptions hauled in by Chelan's hard hitting defensive back Tanner Hendricks. Tanner was on top of his coverage game all night long, with two interceptions, two ball knock downs, and 5 tackles (4 solos, 1 assist). Tanner laid the boom on each of his four solo tackles, and was flying around all night long hitting everything in his sight. Kai Clausen had 7 tackles (5 solos, 1 assist, 1 BLOS (behind the line of scrimmage), and was fast to the ball on every play. Dillon Morrison had 7 tackles (5 solos, 2 assists) and one recovered fumble on a Chelan onside kick off attempt. Jared Anderson had his best defensive game of the year with 7 tackles (5 solos, 1 BLOS, 1 QB sack), one ball knock down, and 5 QB hurries. Jared's pressure on the Newport QB made all the difference in forcing quick hurried throws, and eventually the Newport QB had to be thinking where is that #63 coming from on every pass play. Luke Gleasman had 6 tackles (5 solos, 1 assist) and one QB hurry. Erick Oscarson had 5 solo tackles and one ball knock down playing great defense in his last high school game. Luis Garcia had 5 tackles (2 solos, 2 assists, 1 QB sack), and the QB sack Luis had was crushing. Luis also, blocked an extra point attempt. Zach Burchett was stellar again from his free safety position with 3 solo tackles and one ball knock down. Jose Padilla had 3 solo tackles. Mikey LaHaye had two solo tackles and 4 QB hurries on the night, which is amazing considering that Mikey gets double team on almost every play. Alex Cortez had two tackles (1 solo, 1 assist) and was chasing the Newport QB all night long, too. Michael Amsel, Jr., had one assist tackle and one pass defense ball knock down.
Hayden Habich had one assist to add up to one of the best overall defensive games of the season. Great intensity, fire, and desire for our whole defense on this last game of the season.
Jared Anderson was again having fun calling the kickoff just like a QB. Jared was great on his onside kick attempts and his deep kickoffs. Jared had to punt once in the game, and Jared was nice enough to let senior Luis Garcia even have one kickoff during the game. Erick Oscarson stepped into the big shoes of injured Asa Schwartz handling all the long snapping duties the whole game. Great job special teams.
The memories the team of 2012 made will stick in all our hearts and minds. We watched this team fight all year long culminating in a steamy damp cool night on a field where everyone played their best.
Thank you to our seven seniors who were very emotional in the locker room after the game as they shared their thoughts and memories to their team from the bottom of their hearts. You will not be forgotten.
Last, to all the parents and fans that made the trip to Newport, WA we say a big thank you. The visitor's stands behind our team were full.
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