1B FOOTBALL: Curlew finishes with best season since 2007

Brad Rooster Singer has posted 894 yards rushing in just three games (Bobbi Ward photo)

(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) 

Singer goes off again for Curlew, as Cougars post 3-2 record in “COVID-19” season…

Curlew finished the NE 1B “COVID-19” football season with a 36-6 victory over Inchelium/Columbia on Saturday, behind another strong performance by Brad Rooster Singer. Singer rushed for 271 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars picked up their third win of the year. At 3-2 this is the first winning season for Curlew since 2007.

The Cougars also defeated Selkirk 26-20 on Monday, March 8 in the final minutes of the game and in that matchup Singer had 281 yards and three touchdowns. In a 40-28 loss to Cusick on March 3, Singer had 342 rushing yards.

That means Singer has accounted for a season worth of yards – 894 – in just three games.

Against Inchelium/Columbia on Saturday, Singer’s efforts were joined by Josh Wright’s 112 yards receiving and a touchdown pass by quarterback Lane Olson, who in turn had 65 yards rushing, a rushing touchdown and two interceptions on defense. Michael Fiest finished with 67 yards receiving, while Connor Pennington had 48 yards rushing, 17 yards receiving and a rushing touchdown.

Nolan Haddenham and JJ Walker each scored extra point conversions.

“That means all four of our seniors were able to get in the endzone for points on the board in their last game,” Curlew Coach Noah Theckston said. “The exciting thing for our guys is that, as I understand it, this marks the first winning season Curlew has had since 2007 which was before some of our players were even born.”

Singer’s 281 yards and three scores was impressive but quarterback Lane Olson also put in an impressive performance. Olson had two interceptions while playing defensive back and also threw one touchdown pass to senior fullback Conner Pennington with two minutes left on the clock.

“Lane also made an open field tackle on a deep reception with no time left on the clock to seal the game,” Theckston said.

All-league guard Nolan Haddenham rushed for one extra point and led the team with three sacks and eight tackles for a loss while Michael Fiest led the team in receiving with 42 yards.