Friday night playoff football in mid November started off windy and cold, but quickly turned into a winter wonderland as the Chelan Mountain Goats visited the Cle Elum-Rosalyn Warriors. Early in the first quarter the snow started piling up and by halftime lines on the field were buried in 2 to 3 inches of snow. Nothing was going to stop the game and the athletes enjoyed learning how to run and tackle in the slippery conditions. A huge thank you goes out to all the fans that braved the weather and saw a great game in the snow.
Chelan (7:53) Cole Schwartz 25yd RUN (Misael Arechiga kick)
Chelan (10:33) Michael Amsel Jr SAFETY
Cle Elum-Roslyn (0.56) Griffon Alexander 7yd PASS from Tyler Kretschman (kick failed)
Cle Elum-Roslyn (0.00) Jake Gall 40yd FUMBLE RETURN (run failed)
Chelan (5:00) M Amsel Jr 40yd RUN (M Arechiga kick)
Chelan (7:04) M Amsel Jr 23yd RUN (M Arechiga kick)
Chelan (5:20) M Amsel Jr 15yd RUN (kick failed)
Chelan (2:15) C Schwartz 48yd RUN (kick failed)
Cle Elum-Roslyn (0.09) Travis Kretschman 33yd PASS from Tyler Kretschman (G Alexander kick)
Offensively the Mountain Goats worked against the Warriors and the elements, running the ball to perfection despite the inclimate weather. Cole Schwartz ran for 163 yards on 12 (13.58 yd per carry ave.) carries, with 2 rushing TD’s. Michael Amsel Jr. rushed 18 times for 172 yards (9.56 yd per carry ave.), and 3 rushing TD’s. Michael went 2 for 6 in the passing department for 58 yards. Matt Peterson carried the ball 6 times for 32 yards (5.33 yd per carry ave.), and Matt hauled in two unbelievable catches at critical times in the game for 58 yards. Konnar Stevens carried the ball once for 1 yard. It was not the best traction, but as the game wore on our Mountain Goats got their snow hoofs under them and amassed 368 yards on the ground. The 5 rushing TD’s was enough to out distance the Warriors.
Defensively the Mountain Goats were absolutely outstanding, holding the Warriors great rushing attack to only 79 yards on the night. To hold the 3 great running backs from Cle Elum to under 100 yards in the game was the key to the victory. It forced the Warriors to have to throw the ball and the defense and the weather held them to only 108 yards passing on the night. The outstanding play by Mikey LaHaye in the middle of the defensive line with 8 tackles and 1 QB sack on the night made it a tough go for Cle Elum. Other defensive lineman leading the way were Asa Schwartz, with 4 tackles and 1 QB sack, Alex Cortez with 4 tackles and 1 QB sack, Jose Aparicio with 4 tackles, Anything that got past the line of scrimmage the linebackers took care of finishing, with Cole Schwartz gobbling up and leading the Mountain Goats with 17 tackles. Tyler Hood had 8 tackles, Bobby Anderson had 5, Michael Amsel Jr. had 6 tackles, and 3 QB sacks, Matt Peterson had 6 tackles, and Billy Poppie had 2 on the night. Matt Robinson from his free safety position had 6 tackles on the night, one of his best performances of the year. Konnar Stevens had 5 solo tackles and Tanner Hendricks had two on the night. Erick Oscarson, Marco Cardona, and Kai Clausen each had one tackle in the winter wonderland of football on Friday night.
Special teams were led by Misael Arechiga driving home 3 of 4 PATs in a blistering sometimes stormy weather night. Gusts in warm ups sometimes made the kick into the wind seem as if it wouldn’t fly anywhere. Mike Amsel Jr. punted into the wind and had one of his strongest kicks, with a 45 yard punt that pushed Cle Elum way back.
The Mountain Goats now turn their attention to the quarter final playoff match up with Royal next weekend (date and time yet to be announced). Royal is 9-2 coming into the matchup next week and has a storied playoff history having received from the Wenatchee Rotary Club the great honor of being the sports team of the 2000 – 2010 decade. Chelan will have it’s hands full, but is ready for the challenge, and is excited about being in the playoffs again for the fourth year in a row.
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