Despite second-quarter lead, Chewelah falls to 4-1 Lakeside
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
A bye week could not have come at a better time for the Chewelah Cougars.
After enduring back-to-back defeats to league leaders Deer Park and Lakeside, they now have two full weeks to prepare for their upcoming encounter at Medical Lake on October 21.
The winless Cardinals exited last Friday night’s league play with a 62-0 loss to Colville. They have now lost six consecutive games and have not scored a single point against a league opponent.
They have been outscored 195-0 in their four conference games. Furthermore, they face undefeated Deer Park this Friday while the Cougars have the night off.
So, Coach Levi Hogan and his staff have an extra five days to prepare the Cougars for their clash with the Cardinals. Now is the time to ignore the flashbacks in the rear view mirror and click the headlights onto bright. It is unfortunate that this game cannot be played at Snyder Field.
Reflecting on the past week, however, reveals that the Cougars have to rebound from a 35-14 loss to Lakeside. Although Chewelah held an 8-7 lead early in the second quarter, the home-standing Eagles scored two more times prior to the intermission to retake the lead, 21-8, and then added a pair of touchdowns after halftime.
Lakeside used a balanced attack against the Cougars. The Eagles scored twice on the ground, twice through the air, and once on a punt return. Chewelah scored twice, but the Cougars should have had more points on the scoreboard. Two touchdown passes were dropped in the end zone, and a couple of runs needed only one more block to reach pay dirt.
“We ended up with 303 total yards, but with only 14 points,” lamented Coach Hogan.
Lakeside scored first and took a 7-0 lead. The Eagle quarterback rolled out to the right to pass, scrambled back to the left, and scored on an 11-yard run inside the right pylon.
Chewelah countered with a long drive that covered 39 yards, but it came to a stop 24 yards short of the goal line.
Along the way, Nolan Hansen had two carries totaling 16 yards and caught an 11-yaard pass from Elan Krausz. Kaden Mackowiak and Krausz also added yardage to the attack. Unfortunately, however, the drive failed to reach its intended destination beyond the goal line.
It was not until the second quarter that Chewelah scored and took the lead.
A 36-yard run by Mackowiak put the ball into the end zone, and Krausz added the extra points on an option keeper to give the Cougars an 8-7 lead.
A Chewelah fumble on the Cougar 35-yard line gave Lakeside the opportunity to retake the lead. The Eagles scored on a one-yard run and went ahead, 14-8.
Lakeside scored again before halftime on a pass that was tipped by two Cougar defenders. The ball was tipped toward the goal line and was caught by the intended Eagle receiver for the touchdown. The extra-point kick left Chewelah on the short end of a 21-8 tally at halftime.
“We were actually dominating the game up until this catch,” said Coach Hogan. “We had their receiver in double-coverage and both made a good play on the ball, but it got tipped the wrong way and Lakeside made the catch for the touchdown. Right then and there, I noticed the wind come out of our sails.”
Lakeside scored two more times in the second half and widened the Eagle lead to 35-8 in the fourth quarter. One was a 45-yard punt return, and the other was a 40-yard pass.
The Cougars scored one more time. Late in the fourth quarter, Hansen ran the ball across the goal line from two yards out to make the final score 35-14. The loss dropped Chewelah to 1-4 in league play. Lakeside rose to 3-1. Mackowiak led the offense with 15 carries for 90 yards. Hansen gained 64 yards from 10 carries. Krausz had 9 carries for 52 yards. Dom Coleman carried the ball 11 times for 23 yards.
The Cougars finished the game with 230 rushing yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Krausz completed five of 16 passes for 38 yards. Coleman threw one pass completion for 35 yards. Sam Smith and Hansen both had two pass receptions totaling 63 yards. Brenden Flanagan and John Larson each had one catch.
The spotlight game for this weekend will be Colville at Freeman. Lakeside will travel to Newport for another key game. Deer Park will be at Medical Lake.
LAKESIDE 35, CHEWELAH 14
Chewelah 0 8 0 6 – 14
Lakeside 7 14 7 7 – 34
L – Wickwire 11-yard run (Dennis kick)
C – Mackowiak 36-yard run (Krausz run)
L – Hunsaker 1-yard run (Dennis kick)
L – Clark 26-yard pass from Wickwire (Dennis kick)
L – Shuler 45-yard punt return (Dennis kick)
L – Barwald 40-yard pass from Wickwire (Dennis kick)
C – Hansen 2-yard run (run failed)
(Photos by Mickey Olson)