in NEA opener
BY CHRIS COWBROUGH
S-E Sports Editor
Host Tonasket was able to make an early 13-0 lead stand up against Kettle Falls in a 13-7 non-league win in Okanogan County last Friday night.
For KFHS, the offense is still a work in progress. But head coach Curtis Corvino liked what he saw in the second half against Tonasket.
“I thought we kind of had Tonasket on their heels at the end,” Kettle Falls head coach Curtis Corvino said of a spirited second half effort. “We just didn’t have enough time.”
While Kettle Falls’ offense was more productive against the Caribou-Trail club than they were in the season opener against Priest River, the Bulldogs still weren’t productive enough to score more than once.
Kettle Falls rushed for 145 yards and quarterback Cole Wren was 5 of 10 through the air for only 14 yards.
The Bulldogs had some success in the second half with their Jumbo sets. Expect Kettle to utilize those formations this week when Riverside comes to town.
“The Jumbo worked for us in the second half,” Corvino said. “In the first half, we just had too many three and outs…that put our defense on the field quite a bit.”
Big first quarter
Tonasket scored all its points in a productive first quarter. Tailback Michael Orosco capped an 89-yard, 11 play drive with an 11-yard run at the 6:22 mark of the opening quarter. The PAT was wide left and the hosts led 6-0.
Tonasket went over the top for their second TD. Trevor Terris hooked up with tight end Roberto Juarez on a 52-yard pass and run play out of a two tight end set that made it 13-0 after the PAT.
After that second score, Kettle was able to make some effective adjustments.
“We were able to get some things figured out defensively after that second score,” Corvino said. “And our defense stepped up and played well.”
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