This Friday night, the Cougars enter Northeast A League play when they host Riverside at Snyder Field.
The Rams lost their season opener to St. Maries, Idaho, by a 39-0 score.
They and Medical Lake were the only league teams to lose their season opener last weekend.
Like Chewelah, Riverside revealed a new offense and defense last Friday night. The Rams ran what is called a “pistol bone” offense against St. Maries. It is a five-man front, with two wide receivers and the quarterback in shotgun. The QB is flanked on each side by a halfback.
Behind the QB is a tailback. Riverside attempted to do some razzle-dazzle from this formation with little success, mostly because the timing in the backfield was not very synchronized.
Later in the game, the Rams changed to a one-back shotgun set with wide receivers and slotbacks on both sides.
On defense, Riverside employed a three-four alignment very similar to that used by Chewelah.
The Riverside Rams were 1-8 last season while Chewelah was 1-9. When the two played each other last year, the Cougars lost to Riverside 32-20 on the road for the Rams only win of the season. Before their game against the Cougars, Riverside had been outscored 30-193 by opponents. Then they finished the season with defeats to Lakeside, Medical Lake and Newport.
Chewelah finished last season giving up fewer points (291) than Riverside (332) and they scored slightly more points (135-124) than their NEA League foe this week.
Kickoff time against the Rams is 7 p.m. Go Cougs!
-By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
AROUND THE LEAGUE LAST WEEK
Deer Park came away with perhaps the most impressive win of the week, downing 3A Rogers 23-0. Now Rogers is a GSL cellar-dweller, but they did win four games last year and Deer Park is 1A. Freeman was Freeman, taking out Timberlake 32-0. Riverside and Medical Lake were the only NEA League teams that suffered defeat. Riverside, Chewelah’s opponent this week, was implementing a new offense and had a case of the fumbles.