Columbia-Inchelium visits Northport on Friday

Columbia-Inchelium (1-1), coming off a lackluster 26-14 loss at Wilbur-Creston last Friday, will travel to Northport (1-1) Friday night in a key Northeast B-8 football match-up with the Mustangs. Game time is 7 p.m. Columbia-Inchelium head coach Chuck Wyborney wasn’t pleased with the way his team played against the Wildcats. And the veteran coach placed the blame squarely on himself and his coaching staff. “I guess you could say that the sweetest wins in football are when you beat teams you shouldn’t beat, and the ones that hurt the most are when you lose to teams you think you should beat,” Wyborney said on Monday in assessment of his team’s less than stellar outing last Friday. “We need to do a better job of coaching.” Promises that his team will be better prepared to play on Friday at Northport Wyborney promised that his team would be better prepared on Friday when they play Northport. Northport, in its second year of football in over 60 years, would seem to be vastly improved under Don Fox. The Mustangs, who opened with a close loss to Wellpinit, rebounded last Friday with a 48-8 win at Mansfield. Wyborney said at this juncture he is more concerned about how his team is playing, although he conceded that stopping or slowing Northport quarterback Jeremiah Johnson is a principal concern. Johnson rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns and passed for two more in the win over Mansfield. “I think their quarterback is the key,” Wyborney said. “He runs and throws well. We have got to contain him, do a better job of tackling and show up with more enthusiasm.” For Wyborney’s money, Fox is the best coach in the Northeast. “I do think that Northport is much improved and are the best coached team in the league,” Wyborney said. “With a year under their belts, I think Northport is a whole lot better everywhere.” But Wyborney is more concerned at this juncture about his own team. It’s imperative that the Timberwolves have a good week of practice and play well on Friday in a key Northeast North division match-up. “If we have the week of practice that I think we will have, then we should be ready to play on Friday,” the coach said. “We just need to get a little bit better organized as coaches and the kids need to get better. I think we’ll do that. ‘…we need to get the right kids in the right spots.’ “It’s one of those things where I think we are a little behind where we usually are at this point…and we need to get the right kids in the right spots. We’re still working through that. “But this is a good group of kids and we’ve always responded well to losses in the past. I hope to see a much better team on Friday.” W-C RECAP Davey Ogle ran for 126 yards and a touchdown. He also made an eye-popping 26 tackles on defense to lead the Wildcats over the Timberwolves. The Wildcats held listless Columbia-Inchelium scoreless in the first half. The hosts led 8-0 at halftime. Quarterback Dustin Wyborney scored for C-I on a 12-yard run in the third quarter. Tailback Nick Hill, who led Timberwolves’ rushers with 129 yards on 17 carries, scored C-I’s second touchdown on a one yard run in the fourth quarter. Marvin Reyes added 76 yards on 24 carries. Wyborney was three for eight through the air for six yards. Columbia-Inchelium rushed for 246 yards. W-C 26, C-I 14 C-I 0 0 8 6—14 W-C 8 0 6 12—26