Omak overpowers Kettle Falls

Maybe it’s time to stop scheduling Omak High for the football season opener (hint to Kettle Falls Athletic Director, Brian Golphenee). Kettle Falls High absorbed a second straight lopsided, season-opening loss to the Pioneers last Friday night, falling 49-15 in Okanogan County. Omak, behind the running of 5-9, 216-pound bowling ball on wheels, Dylan Green, put up 49 points in the first three quarters to overpower the Bulldogs, who were able to move the ball effectively against a larger school with a roster of 20 seniors. “I thought that Omak was the real deal last year when they made the playoffs,” said KFHS head coach, Curtis Corvino. “They are definitely so this year.” Omak was ranked as high as no. 3 in pre-season Class 1A polls. Killer kickoff return just before halftime Running out of the shotgun behind quarterback Cade Roy, Green rolled up 228 yards on 19 carries and four rushing touchdowns (41, 5, 5, 25). He also ran back a kickoff to the house for 85 yards just before halftime. Roy, a first-year starter at quarterback, was also effective, running the option for 70 yards on keepers and completing 8 of 12 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns (27 and 21 yards). Omak amassed 458 yards of total offense against an overmatched KFHS defense. “The Green kid is big and fast,” Corvino said. “I don’t think we’ll see anybody quite like that the rest of the season. He’s kind of in a class of his own.” Despite too much Green, Corvino said he was pleased with his own offense. The Bulldogs have gone from the more traditional power football look to the spread behind sophomore quarterback Conner McKern. Getting the ball in the end zone has been a problem for the Bulldogs in recent seasons. It looks like Kettle has more weapons offensively this season. “We played pretty well,” Corvino said. “I felt better about it than the final score would indicate. We did some good things offensively and were able to put together three drives against their first team defense. “It was their veteran group against our young kids…Conner made some good decisions at quarterback.” McKern was 7 of 14 through the air for 75 yards and one interception. The Bulldogs rushed for 202 yards on 35 carries. 50-yard McKern run Green scored twice for Omak in the opening quarter, once on a 41-yard run and the other on a five-yard scamper. Kettle Falls’ drove to the Omak four-yard line in the first quarter before missing wide right on a field goal attempt. Big play on the drive was a McKern run of 50 yards on a zone option keeper to the Pioneers’ 12-yard line. Kettle scored in the first half on sophomore tailback Austin Anderson’s one-yard run that capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive. Anderson ran the ball 16 times for 72 yards. Hopkins caught three passes for 45 yards. Key plays included a deflected pass from McKern that receiver Trey Tucker hauled in for a 20-yard gain and another McKern to Hopkins pass and catch good for 20 yards. Hopkins hauled in a six-yard reception from McKern to the Omak 11 yard line for a first down before Anderson ripped off 10 yards to the one. Twenty-one seconds before half, Anderson dove in from one yard out. Kyle Dodson added the PAT kick and KFHS trailed 21-7. But Green still had time to shine. He took the Kettle Falls kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown that gave the hosts a 21-point halftime lead and effectively deflated any momentum the Bulldogs picked up with the late drive. Kettle Falls continued to move the ball early in the third quarter. An 11-play drive ended with an interception at the Omak 27-yard line. Corvino was impressed with his retooled offensive line. They did a solid job of opening holes for Kettle’s backs and protecting McKern. “Overall, our offensive line had its best game of pass protection that I can remember,” Corvino said. Corvino said that John Coots played well up front and had a good night punting. Tonasket next Corvino hopes to have Logan Cook and Garrett Eaton back in the line-up when the Bulldogs travel to Tonasket on Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m. Tonasket is coming off a 33-0 win last Friday in their season that game, Tonasket scored 20 second quarter points. Omak, KF JV’s tie In a junior varsity preliminary to the varsity match-up at Omak, the Pioneers’ junior varsity and Kettle Falls played to a 13-13 tie. The Kettle Falls junior varsity will host Tonasket on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Corvino hoped to exchange film with CTL member Tonasket later this week. Last season, KFHS lost an overtime match-up to Tonasket. “I know that they graduated their good tailback,” Corvino said, “and they are running the triple option. “They’ve got a lot of new kids in their backfield…they always have some tough kids. I expect another tough game with them.”