Sunday, October 31, 2010
The league and the championship game have recently garnered notice by the television media as shown in this Channel 13 footage. If the regular season is any gauge, the championship game in Hoquiam will be exciting. Why not come out and see what Community College football is like and support the league's efforts to give our kids a chance to continue playing football after they graduate from high school. You won't be disappointed and your attendance will help to affirm the good work that is being done by league officials and coaches. See you there.
Monday, October 25, 2010
There has been, at all levels of football, an emphasis on how to deal with and prevent concussions suffered on the field of play. At the high school level, this State has been in out front in trying to make the sport as safe as possible. The passage last year of the Lystedt Law was ground-breaking and demonstrated the seriousness that is being given to the issue. We wondered if game officials were changing the way they called the game because of this new emphasis so we asked our panel of coaches if they would like to respond to the question below. To see what those that responded told us, read below.
Given the increased attention lately about head trauma and concussions, have you noticed that game officials are being more careful and attentive about helmet-to-helmet hits and with players leading with their heads?
Adna Coach K.C. Johnson
Meridian Coach Bob Ames
Lummi Coach Jim Sandusky
coaching. I do think there is a heightened awareness for everyone, but
for the most part coaches do a good job teaching kids correct techniques.
Most helmet to helmet contacts I see are incidental rather than a choice
by the tackler/runner. I think the bigger issue will be how referees
handle the suspected concussions. In my opinion, this topic could have
some game changing implications. Everyone is on alert for liability, so
caution is at it's highest. This may be a good thing. After all, this is
high school football. As for our team, we always try to err on the side
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The Goats clinched the CTL championship with a 55-20 victory over Tonasket Friday night. The Goats are now 4-0 in league play and are guaranteed home field advantage for the first round of high school crossover playoffs.
Coach Darren Talley was worried heading up to Tonasket, "It's a tough place to play and they have one of the league's best running back in Keegan McCormick". But the Goats showed up on offense and defense this week to secureth
Matt Peterson scored the first three touchdowns for Chelan. The halftime score was 41-6 .......... By the start of the fourth quarter many of the substitutes were in the game.
Robin Weathersby appeared full strength this week and the Tigers felt his presence as he amassed 72 yards rushing and caught 3 passes...... Cole Schwartz had another good night running the ball as he went 160 yards on 13 carries. Michael Amsel, Jr. was 14 for 18 passing the ball for 131 yards. He also threw for 3 touchdowns. Matt Robinson led the receivers with 3 receptions for 24 yds and one touchdown. Matt Peterson and Robin Weathersby led the runningbacks with four and three receptions each. The team is still without wide receiver and cornerback Aaron McQuaid, Talley predicts he'll be back soon.
Chelan's defense was able to contain McCormick. It had helped the week before, that the defense was tested by the Cashmere Bulldogs.
Matt Pittsinger rallied the defense again, but had lots of support from his teammates. Coach Talley rewarded him by giving him a couple of chances to run the ball. He responded with a stellar 7.5 yards per carry average.
The Mountain Goats are now in a different position that few Chelan football teams have ever been, they still have one league game left, while having the title wrapped up. Next weeks game is against tough Cascade team in Peshastin. "They are going to come at us like a wounded bear", Talley predicts. The Kodiaks lost to Cashmere Friday night, 6-35. History is on the side of the Kodiaks, Chelan has not beaten them in league play for a long time.
The Booster Club is planning another BBQ on the road for this week. Fans and alumni are very excited to be hosting another playoff game in the near future. Go Goats!
Submitted by Russ Gatzemeier
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Chelan beats Cashmere--Again!
A record sized crowd were treated to another fantastic football game Friday night. The Chelan Goats defeated the #3 ranked Cashmere Bulldogs 45-38 in a wild scoring fest that was actually won by Chelan's defense.
"Our Defense was outstanding on the D Line. The linebackers filled as well as they ever have", coach Darren Talley commented. The game did not look good at the start, as Casey Ruther a Cashmere Bulldog took the opening kickoff all the way back for a touchdown. Then, Michael Amsel, Jr. and company got started.
The Goats started slow on offense and were facing a 4th down and long, when Amsel recieved a poor snap on an attempted punt. He took the ball, eluded most of the Bulldog defenders and was able to scramble for a first down. Cole Schwartz scored on an 18 yard run to get the Goats on the scoreboard.
Matt Robinson then scored on a 27 yard pass from Amsel to put the Goats on top. The Chelan Goats were able to build on that lead in a tough CTL battle that was fun to watch and coach. Talley said,"Our offense was able to put enough points on the board to hold off a last quarter passing attack by Cashmere."
Schwartz again led the team in tackles with 16 and had 77 yards rushing the ball. Amsel had a huge night; with two +70 yard touchdowns, rushing for 233 yards, passing for 148 yards and played outstanding defense.
This is the first time in 11 years that Chelan has won the Bronze Shoe game, a traveling trophy that was originated by former coach Bill Lippincott. Sophmore Amsel, Jr. looked like a "Young Bill Lippincott" on this evening; he punted, returned both kicks and punts, and starred on both sides of the ball.
It has been a very long time since Chelan has beaten Cashmere two years in row. The Goats are the only unbeaten team in the Caribou Trail League and are now in sole possession of first place.
All who attended the game were treated to an amazing night of football. Athletic director Scott Raab presented the team with the "Bronze Shoe" immediately after the game and the team ran to ring the Victory Bell in a joyous celebration at Sargent Field.
Submitted By Russ Gatzemeier
Monday, October 18, 2010
When Jim and I started this blog nearly two years ago, I didn’t really know what to expect. I suspected I might learn something since it had been a long time since I’d either played or coached the game but, for me, it was mainly a chance to reconnect with my favorite sport and to do it with a childhood friend who had recently come back into my life. Since I liked sports and liked to write, starting and writing a blog dedicated to high school football sounded like fun. Now, near the end of that second year, I can say that it has been exactly that – a lot of fun. I have been privileged to meet and observe some truly good people both coaches and players. I have been able to witness how hard both groups work; how dedicated most of the coaches are and how much effort most of the players put in to improve. It has been a privilege to tell their story. There are, however, a few loose ends that have been rolling about in my head (where there’s a lot of empty space) that I never seem to get around to writing about. Maybe they deserve their own story, but I’m going to combine them here and clear them out of my mind.
1. I have been thinking for a while now about something that I’ll label “school support,” for lack of a better term. In the past two years I have seen a lot of high school football games at a variety of venues. I’ve wondered why some teams have great support with overflowing stands and other teams perform for only a handful of people. I’ve drawn a couple of conclusion about why that happens. First, the teams with the most rabid supporters are usually from small towns where there is pride in the local school and no other game or school in town. People in these places often feel pride when their school/town does well. It gives them bragging rights. Of course, if their team loses regularly, then the support may dries up. Secondly, in large urban areas, there is little connection to whatever high school or schools are nearby. Rabid fandom is usually reserved for a college or pro team. Regular attendees at schools like this tend to be students, parents and relatives and a scattering of ex-players who played there and still feel a connection to the school. There are, of course, exceptions. Those exception rarely occur at large inner city schools. They do happen, however, at large, often affluent, suburb schools that field teams that win regularly. Everyone likes to support a winner and if the winner is from an area that you identify with, then you are more likely to go see what the fuss is about. What does all of that mean? I have no idea, but it’s something that I have observed. Does winning bring fans or do fans encourage winning? Probably some of both, but it’s definitely easier to attract fans to an area/city that has an identity.
2. I spoke above about some of the great people that I have met while doing this job, both coaches and players. This year High School Cover 2 selected two players who we felt were exceptional athletes, students and individuals. We will be following their progress through their Junior and Senior years as they work toward graduation and decide where they will commit after their high school years are finished. Mariner High School’s KeiVarae Russell is one of those athletes. Zach Banner from Lakes High School is the other. The below letter was written by Dave Hernandez who attended a recent Mariner/Eastlake game. It praises KeiVarae for his actions on and off the field. It’s another example of why we felt that KeiVarae and Zach were special. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Eastlake is one of those special places, mentioned above, where team support is excellent. It’s no surprise that someone associated with that school would bother to praise someone from another school.
A Truly Impressive Young Man
As a youth football coach for over 7 years, I have had the privilege of working with a lot of good kids who have passion, love and respect for the game of football. There are not too many things that players do that really surprise me…that is until this past Friday night. My older son plays for Eastlake High School and on Friday night, Mariner High School came to Sammamish to play our Wolves. There was a lot of talk amongst us dads about the running back for Mariner High School. We were all very excited to see for ourselves how good of a player he was. Sure enough, on a number of plays, he showed the caliber of running back he is. The words I heard in the stands were “smooth” and “fast”.
But, it wasn’t until after the game that I found out what kind of player he truly was. The Mariner players left the field first, and all of the players started walking to the locker room, except for one. The running back, whose team had just lost 56-13, stayed at the gate and waited for our team to leave the field, and congratulated each of them on a game well played. I talked with a few of our players after the game and consistently they told me the same things…”he was the nicest player I have ever played against”, “man, he was great”, “after I tackled him, he patted me on the back and told me ‘good tackle’”.
In today’s community of high school football, we talk about stats, wins & losses, and who is going to the playoffs. We tend to not talk as much about the truly important things, like character, sportsmanship, and respect. After what I witnessed, I felt compelled to write what I am sure a lot of people in Everett already know…Kei’Varae Russell truly is a great player, on the field and off.
Dave Hernandez -- Sammamish
3. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention another topic that has garnered a lot of press lately and one that this blog has championed from its inception – increased attention to head injuries. It seems that those in charge of all levels of the game from youth leagues to the NFL have finally realized that there is a problem. Our brains are not nailed down and slosh around when the head gets hit. All that sloshing can lead to permanent damage and even death, if it isn’t treated seriously and professionally. It feels good that we live in a State that is leading the way in doing something about head trauma. On May of 2009, Washington State passed the Lystedt Law in an attempt to prevent the type of serious head injuries suffered by Zachery Lystedt who sustained life-threatening head trauma when returning to a high school football game after suffering a concussion. The Lystedt Law mandates that any player who suffers a concussion cannot return to play again until he/she is cleared by a licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. The Lystedt Law pertains to all teams, including those in youth leagues that play on public funded fields. Further information on brain trauma can be found on the website SportsConcussions.org, which was started by Jean Rickerson, a Washington State resident whose son suffered a serious concussion while playing in a high school game in 2008. She developed the site to help guide others who need answers about concussions. Still, with all the attention lately and the steps taken and being taken to lessen the chance of serious injury, playing football is still a risk. Is it a risk you or your child should be taking? That depends upon who you ask. Dave Pear, ex-Washington Husky, retired NFL player and advocate for retired and disabled NFL players, told Jim recently that he would not allow his kids to play football given the risk of permanent injury. Of course, Dave’s injuries and those of many of his colleagues were sustained playing at a much higher level than high school. The higher the league and the older the player, the harder they hit and the harder they will be hit. There are a number of safety precautions being tried and proposed to keep players safer and the new concussion rules will certainly help, but there is no denying that football is a violent sport. Given the speed and power of players today, particularly at the upper levels, nothing short of a suit of armor would guarantee complete safety, and maybe even that wouldn’t do so. If helmets can’t be improved further to eliminate concussions, maybe we should think about going the other way. Rugby players play hard and tackle. They play without helmets and suffer fewer brain traumas. Without a hard shell on their head providing an often false sense of security, they are careful how they tackle. Maybe we should return to the days of leather helmets. Do the obvious benefits of the game, i.e. teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, physical conditioning, etc., etc., outweigh the chance of serious injury. To me they do, but anyone choosing to play the sport should know the dangers and receive instruction in ways to avoid head injury. No leading with the helmet, etc. I don’t know how to correct the problem of head injuries; I’m only removing the ideas from my mind that I have thought about recently and making way for newer, fresher material. As always, we welcome your solutions, thoughts and ideas. Dick Kalla
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Goats win Defensive Battle
Last year the Chelan Mountain Goats went up to Omak and were left with short end of the stick on a critical Goal Line Stance. This year, they broke through into the end zone for a much needed 15-12 victory.
Coach Talley predicted a wild dogfight between two tough teams and this game was all of that and more. Just one week after racking up 77 points against Okanogan, the Pioneers were able to hold them to only 15.
"The defense, led by Matt Pittsinger, played their best game of the season," said coach Darren Talley. At halftime, the Chelan team had a slim 8-5 lead. At the end of the Third quarter, the Goats were behind 8 -12-- that's when the critical Goal Line offense showed their valor.
Cole Schwartz scored on a one yard plunge that pushed the Goats two points ahead. Jose Ramirez made the PAT for the final score of the night.
Other outstanding players for the Mountain Goats Friday night were Mike Lahaye, Jose Aparicio, Alex Cortez, Michael Amsel, Jr. and Tyler Hood. Robin Weathersby returned to action after sitting out two games .
This week the Goats are in action against the Cashmere Bulldogs at Sargent Field. This regular season game should be a great one, since both teams are ranked high in the Class A polls. This contest is being played for the "Bronze Shoe." Chelan was able to upset the Bulldogs last season to advance deep into the state playoffs.
Submitted by Russ Gatzemeier.
Chelan JV football played Omak JV at Sergeant field. Bobby Anderson had the first touchdown of the night. Eric Oscarson scrambled for a TD. Konnar Stevens had 2 rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return for a touchdown. Billy Poppie had a rushing touchdown and Miguel Sanchez followed the TD with an extra point. Frankie Rosas returned an interception for a touchdown. Matt Barnes also had an interception for the goats. The Chelan defense was lead by Billy Poppie who had seven sacks.
reported by Coach David Talley
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
"What has been the thing that surprised you the most about your team this year?"
motivated. They fire themselves up every practice and game.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Goats Score 77 in Huge CTL Win
On First Friday, the Chelan Goats football team was able to outhit and outscore their rivals from up north, the Okanogan Bulldogs 77-49. The matchup was supposed to be Ryan Price, QB -vs- Chelan's amazing sophomore, Michael Amsel Jr.. Instead the game was a flurry of touchdowns that left the necks of the crowd sore from watching many of the Goats cross the goal line again and again.
The home team got off to a great start, but Okanogan closed the gap late in the first half to 28-35. The high scoring offense was led by Aaron McQuaid, Matt Peterson, Mike Amsel Jr., and Cole Schwartz. Amsel had a stellar 119 yards rushing while Schwartz tallied 117 yards. McQuaid had 3 catches for 132 yards. Peterson, although slightly injured, came back big and had several fantastic plays to spark the team.
Defensively, the Goats were challenged by the strong play of Okanogan's Price. Even late in the game, it seemed as if the Bulldogs were still in the hunt. Chelan was not able to play their substitutes as freely as in previous games because of the offensive explosiveness of the opponent. The line play of Matt Pittsinger, Alex Cortez and Quin Courtney bent but, did not break while facing this high scoring team. Allowing another team to score 49 points on you in a football game typically spells disaster, however scoring 77 means that you are doing a lot of things right.
The Goat football team (4-1) is in action this week at Omak. In the tough Caribou Trail League, every game from now on is critical, as the playoffs are fast approaching.
by Russ Gatzemeier
Chelan/Okanagan Game Stats
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
"Now that the season is underway, what has surprised you the most this year?"
I'm guessing the biggest thing for me is my speed. When you are shooting off that line you have to be the first one off to dominate your opponent, especially on offense. In saying that, I feel I am on the correct road right now to reaching my goal of helping my team win and also of being the best in the country. Our team is on a great track right now going into the our leagues games, and we are working on staying focused. GO LANCERS!