(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
August Wagner has proven himself a dual threat for Hunters and is our Week 5 champ…
It’s a bit tough when most of the teams in Stevens County lost their football game, but we are soldiering on here in Stevens County Fantasy Football. This led to fewer fantasy points, but I would also like to blame that on the economy, the governor of the state, Canada, millennials, low fish counts in the Columbia River, wildfires, trade war with China and people that have small dogs. It seems only fair.
It might be easy to get down on the teams, but that simply is being a fair weather fan. Chewelah could still very much win their league and advance in the playoffs, Colville is still looking strong in the NEA League despite a loss to Deer Park (they’re still just one of the best programs in the state period) and many 1B schools were just going up against really tough opponents.
Also should-be-ranked Selkirk was on a bye weekend, so THANKS for ruining Stevens County Fantasy Football even though you guys are in Pend Oreille County. Why don’t you take your 500 yards of total offense a game and schedule a non league team in that off week.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: We used a screenshot of Ohio State’s football stadium in the video game Minecraft, but we want to assure you that we are not Buckeye fans, we think)
But let’s talk about the champ. He’s a really good player and Hunters is going to have quite the highlight reel on Mr. Spin Move.
In Hunters 66-20 loss to Cusick in 1B football action last Friday, we got out Week 5 Fantasy Football Champion as Lions’ QB August Wagner showed himself to be a dual threat on the field. Now, Hunters has always had some hard-nosed football gusto out on the field and this season is no exception. I expect a football game in Hunters to involve people having lunch pales, burning barrels on the sideline because it’s so cold and maybe a “Power small lowercase letter” offense.
Wagner rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while passing for 90 yards and another score. We’re pretty sure all these touchdowns were extra gritty, I mean Hunters has the grittiest setting for a football field. In the middle of rocky outcroppings there are fenced off fields, the Columbia River and basically a mountain overlooking Hunters is the school. There is the car graveyard too and part of the baseball diamond on the football field, which only tends to give the aura of a sandlot football game. It’s just like Oakland’s fields, only instead of crazy 50-year old Raider fans in makeup, Hunters has the cheapest and best concession stand in the 1Bs. Prove me wrong, their hot dogs are delicious.
All of Wagner’s scoring equals up to 30 fantasy points, which wins this week’s statistic rundown. He’s our champ and man him and Christen Solomon are just plan fun to watch out on the field. They do this dual QB thing and half the time I don’t know who has the ball and just end up taking photos of linemen pancaking people.
TOP RUSHER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Malcolm, Northport QB
Tanner Malcolm! Our week one champ! This time around he was our top rusher and despite Northport having roughly four healthy players. In their 30-6 loss to Inchelium last week, Malcolm was still dangerous out on the field, rushing for 170 yards to rack up 17 fantasy points. It was the Mustang’s running back Jahsom Rahif who was the one scorer for Northport, notching nine points on a rushing touchdown, ten rushing yards and 24 reception yards.
With a motivated senior class, the Mustangs are showing a lot of heart playing after several injuries to their already small roster. Northport is definitely winning some kudo points from the media here in Chewelah for how they are continuing to battle.
TOP PASSER OF THE WEEK: Chewelah Quarterback Jake Jeanneret
He keeps doing it folks! He’s like the Gardner Minshew of the 2Bs! While Chewelah probably wanted to come away with a win, they had a tall order against 1A Newport, which advanced to the state title game last year. 2B Chewelah continued their murder’s row schedule which is a menagerie of state champs, ranked teams, playoff teams, schools and teams bigger than Chewelah, Thanos, Jason from Friday the 13th, a division of Abrham tanks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I think one game they actually just fought live cougars out on the field. I believe that was nonleague. I don’t know why the school just didn’t play in the Greater Spokane League this year.
Anyways, Jeanneret had another big game. With the Fisk Fed Ex offense, he passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Sure there were four interceptions but with the Cougars behind, he was probably slinging it up there like Brett Favre to get things going.
All his stats add up to 18 fantasy points and again a member from the Savitz-Jeanneret-Link family makes top passer in Stevens County Fantasy Football. Look for Jeanneret’s cousin Jay to be in this slot next week… or will he? Maybe the two have some kind of competition of who can get the most passing yards. Winner doesn’t have to sit at the kid table for Thanksgiving.
Also in the game, Kaden Krouse had 53 rushing yards and a touchdown for 11 fantasy points.
COLVILLE CONTINUES TO PUT UP IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS
Grant Michaliszyn again has a standout performance for the Indians, rushing for 96 yards and a touchdown in a 21-20 loss to NEA League foe Deer Park. Michaliszyn finished with 15 fantasy points. Paul Skirko was hobbled by an injury but still collected 75 reception yards and a touchdown catch for 13 fantasy points. Colville QB Sam Anderson notched 13 fantasy points with 57 yards rushing, 107 yards passing and a touchdown pass.
I think this is more about the resurgence of Deer Park football as opposed to Colville slipping much. They’re still really good, so is Riverside in the NEA League. It’s going to be a dogfight once again in league play but expect the Indians to be playing some extra games this year.
OTHER NOTEABLES: Austin Paladin, still a freshman for Springdale even though it doesn’t seem like it, scored eight fantasy points. Paladin had a rushing TD and 27 yards against Republic, while Ethan Penland also had eight fantasy points for Chargers thanks to 68 yards rushing and a two point conversion.
Wellpinit was the one Stevens County team that won a game, 32-22 over Curlew, but no stats were posted or reported by the Spokesmans’ NW Preps. So I have no idea. Barry Sanders could have scored eight touchdowns in that game and I would have no clue.