Colville High clinched its second straight Northeast A League football title last Friday night, downing Chewelah and Derek Smith 41-20.
The win for the Indians (4-4, 4-1) sets up a first round State 1A playoff date with Omak on Friday night. Game time Friday night at CHS is 7 p.m.
Omak (2-3, 4-5) is fourth-seeded out of the Caribou-Trail League. The Pioneers were blasted 35-8 by top-ranked and unbeaten Cashmere (5-0, 9-0) last Friday night at Cashmere.
Cashmere will host Newport (3-2, 6-2) in a regional crossover game Friday night at 7 p.m.
Chelan (4-1, 6-3) will host Riverside (3-2, 5-4) in another crossover with State 1A playoff berth implications.
Cascade (1-4, 3-6) will host Chewelah (1-4, 3-5) in a non-advancement game on Friday night.
Freeman (4-1, 8-1) will host third-seeded Okanogan (3-2, 7-2) on Friday.
Indians must slow down Dylan Green
In the Cashmere vs. Omak game, the Bulldogs racked up 461 yards on the ground and held Omak running back Dylan Green to 98 yards rushing on 21 carries.
The Indians will have to stop the burly, 5-9, 216-pound Green, who holds most of Omak’s career rushing marks.
“He owns every career rushing record Omak has,” CHS head Randy Cornwell said of the Pioneers’ primary offensive weapon. “He is a running machine.”
Green is the focal point and has been almost since his freshman season. OHS doesn’t do anything fancy, lining up in a one back set (Green).
“He’s it…he carries it a lot,” Cornwell said, adding that Green has “decent speed…he’s strong, low to the ground…there’s nothing fancy. He just punishes you.”
Omak has good size up front and it’s a veteran team with 18 seniors.
The Pioneers’ feature a freshman quarterback who took over three games ago when a veteran senior went down with an injury.
“He doesn’t look like a freshman,” Cornwell said.
Colville was 9-0 heading into the crossover with the CTL and first-round opponent Cashmere last November. That was a tough draw for the NEA champions, who saw a great season come to a quick end against the power running of Cashmere.
A better match-up for CHS this time around
Cornwell likes his upstart Indians’ chances on Friday night against Omak. Colville looks to have the best opportunity to escape Crossover Week against the tough CTL.
“I do like our chances,” Cornwell said of his Colville team, the winners of four straight after an 0-4 start.
“The Northeast A has certainly taken it on the chin (from the CTL)…but I like our match-up. The kids have earned this. We expect to do well.”
Green powers Omak and Colville senior Colton Davis powers the Indians.
Friday’s crossover between the Pioneers and Indians should be a battle of wills up front—and the running of Davis and Green.
Neither team passes often—or all that effectively.
Davis has been mostly unstoppable in the NEA this fall. He rushed for 250 yards on 27 carries against a Chewelah team that pretty much knew who—and what—was coming.
The Indians do what they do—run a lot of misdirection out of the Wing T. CHS totaled 396 yards on the ground against Chewelah.
Scott Sheehan was 2 of 3 through the air for 28 yards.
Julio Valencia, healthy for the first time since early in September, seemed to have another gear and added 107 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Zach Shoemaker added 39 yards on 11 carries. He scored three touchdowns.
But like Blake Sjordal last season, Davis is the show and the featured back this fall. Davis, who has scored 15 touchdowns to date, has rushed for 1,203 yards. The 5-11, 195-pounder passed Brandon Katzer and Brock Dotts on the single season CHS rushing list and has moved into sixth place.
He is within striking distance of fifth place Gary “Tank” Peone (1963) and fourth place Sjordal (2010).
Davis has done something no CHS back has ever done—rush for more than 200 yards in three straight games. His individual rushing totals in the last three games: 32 carries for 234 yards; 30 carries for 230 yards and last Friday’s 250-yard outing.
“He has just been very good,” Cornwell said. “Colton is tough, physical and certainly fast enough.”
The Indians needed all the offense they could muster against a Chewelah team that always gets up for its rivalry game with Colville.
Colville had trouble finding the elusive Smith all night. The senior quarterback was 14 of 29 through the air for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception.
Smith scrambled for another 72 yards. Chewelah rushed for only 91 yards.
“We knew going in that Smith was a threat,” Cornwell said of the quick, athletic Chewelah quarterback. “They spread everybody out…he’s a good player.
“But by and large, I thought we did a pretty good job of containing them.”
Cornwell said he liked the way his team responded after a bye week.
“We were healthier and ready to play,” Cornwell said. “We did what we do…stuck to the concept and the kids blocked well up front. We’re getting off the ball well and blocking well.”
Freeman came from behind to register a 33-20 win at Nine Mile Falls over Lakeside (1-8, 0-5).
Fourth-ranked Freeman outscored Lakeside 21-0 in the second half after trailing 20-12 at halftime.
Quinn Robinson ran for 225 yards on 30 carries for the Scotties.
Zach Warlick had three touchdown passes and Justin Hause had a career-high 19 tackles for Lakeside.
In a non-leaguer at Chattaroy, one of the most surprising high school football teams in eastern Washington, Deer Park (8-1) routed neighboring Riverside 44-13.
DP quarterback Colton Mead completed 13 of 19 passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first quarter.
Jason Jorgensen rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns for Deer Park, who led 38-6 at halftime.
Colville 41, Chewelah 20
CH 0 6 8 6—20
CO 14 7 14 6—41
CO—Valencia 37 yd. run (Johansen kick)
CO—Shoemaker 1 yd. run (Johansen kick)
CO—Davis 3 yd. run (Johansen kick)
CH—Sulgrove 18 yd. pass from Smith (kick failed)
CO—Shoemaker 7 yd. run (Johansen kick)
CH—Connall 10 yd. pass from Smith (Connall run)
CO—Davis 4 yd. run (Johansen kick)
CH—Finley 3 yd. run (kick failed)
CO—Shoemaker 4 yd. run (kick failed)