(GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent)
LIKE THEY NEVER LEFT: Chewelah plays another NEA League foe, despite being a 2B team, and falls 34-20…
The loss of senior quarterback Tiegen Prange to a season-ending leg injury three weeks ago dealt a devastating blow to the Newport Grizzlies. With Prange at the helm of the offense, last year’s state class-1A runner-up had started its season with decisive wins over Bonners Ferry and Priest River. For the next two Fridays, the Grizzlies struggled to find a replacement as they suffered league losses to Deer Park and Freeman.
Newport found the solution to its quarterback problem last week, converting senior tight end Michael Owen into a gunslinger. Owen threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two more, leading a second-half Grizzly attack that turned a one-point game into a 34-20 Newport win over Chewelah on the Snyder Field turf.
The Cougars scored the first two touchdowns of the game, taking a 13-0 lead, and appeared to have the Grizzlies on the run, but the visitors clawed their way back to take a 14-13 halftime lead. Newport scored two more unanswered touchdowns in the third period to extend its lead to 27-13 and added another near the end of the game to claim the win in the nonleague encounter. Hindered by a bobbled onside kick and three intercepted passes, the Cougars were unable to keep pace. More