Kettle Falls will
host Lakeside Friday
Kettle Falls fell to 0-3 last Friday night with a 28-9 loss at Riverside. The game marked the Bulldogs’ first foray into the Northeast A League since moving into the Northeast 2B League three seasons ago.
Coleton Collins ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Rams (1-2, 1-0), who led 22-6 at halftime against a Kettle Falls offense that had trouble mounting much offense.
KFHS will host Lakeside (0-2, 0-1) on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Eagles are coming off a tough 18-13 loss to Chewelah (2-1, 1-0) last Friday night at Nine Mile Falls. In that game, LHS fell behind 18-0 in the first half before mounting a second half comeback against Chewelah and quarterback Derek Smith, who threw for 186 yards and ran for another 71.
KFHS struggled to move the ball consistently against Riverside. Kettle Falls didn’t score from scrimmage all night.
The Bulldogs ran for 101 yards and passed for another 126 yards. But junior quarterback Conner McKern was intercepted three times, all in the first half.
Riverside rushed for 195 yards and passed for another 168. The Rams were intercepted one time.
While the Bulldogs struggled offensively, KFHS head coach Curtis Corvino was pleased with his team’s play on defense.
“We played well on defense,” Corvino said. “We were able to hold them on downs four times.”
The Bulldogs got plenty of opportunities to play defense. Riverside ran off 45 plays in the first half. Kettle Falls ran 26 plays.
Riverside got on the board first in the opening quarter when a fourth down snap sailed over the head of punter Kyle Dobson and turned into an RHS safety.
Fake punt goes for touchdown
Kettle Falls took its only lead of the night later in the quarter when the Bulldogs dug deep into their play-book on fourth and 18. In punt formation, Dobson, who moments earlier had to chase down that errant punt snap, jumped in the air as if to chase down another errant snap. But this time, the direct snap from center went to up-back Brandon Hopkins, who ran for 45 yards and Kettle’s lone touchdown of the night.
“It was a great fake by Kyle and Brandon got some good blocking along the way,” Corvino said.
The PAT kick was blocked and Kettle led 6-2.
Kettle’s inability to sustain much offense proved particularly problematic in the second quarter, when Riverside got its offense cranked up, controlled the football and put up 20 points.
The first Riverside drive covered 85 yards and seven plays. The drive culminated when quarterback Andrew Kramer found Dallas Shuler for 23 yards and a touchdown.
A Kramer to Shuler pass of 24 yards set up the TD.
The PAT kick was no good and Riverside took an 8-6 lead.
Later in the second quarter, Riverside took advantage of one of those McKern interceptions. Tyler Jack picked off McKern and returned the interception 25 yards to the KFHS 10-yard-line.
The short drive took three plays. Jacob Collins finished it off with a 12-yard run. The PAT kick was good and RHS led 15-6.
Kettle continued to struggle on offense and Riverside took advantage, taking seven plays to cover 41 yards just before halftime. Kramer found Brayden Proctor on a 21-yard pass and run play for the Rams’ third score of the quarter.
The PAT kick was good and Riverside led 22-6.
In the third quarter, Kettle’s defense stiffened and senior Logan Cook, playing his first game of the season, returned a Riverside punt 27 yards to the RHS 38-yard-line.
Cook gets to goal line
Kettle drove to the Riverside 15-yard-line and two plays later, Cook, getting good blocking, carried to the RHS one-inch line.
Corvino thought Cook had scored on the play, but the officials ruled otherwise.
“I thought he stretched out and hit the pylon,” Corvino said. “But the officials said he was down at the one.”
From there, a false start backed the Bulldogs up five yards. The drive bogged down and Dobson kicked a 32-yard field goal to cut the Riverside lead to 22-9.
“That was a great drive,” Corvino said. “The kids stepped up there, but we did too many things to shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Riverside scored its final touchdown of the night on their ensuing drive. After a good kickoff return to midfield, the Rams took eight plays. Collins capped the drive with a two-yard run.
Key play in the drive was a Kramer to Collins third down pass and run play that covered 30 yards.
A pass interference on Kettle Falls in the Red Zone didn’t help the Bulldogs any.
Later in the game, Cook had a 78-yard run called back by penalty.
Corvino was encouraged that his defensive unit was able to hold Riverside to only three yards rushing in the third quarter.
“We have to do a better job of executing and playing mistake-free football,” Corvino said.
Riverside 28, Kettle 9
KFHS 6 0 0 3—9
RHS 2 20 6 0--28