Bowen Middlesworth rushed for 132 yards for Chewelah and scored four touchdowns against Asotin in a 45-7 victory. (Brandon Hansen photo)
Here is our interview with Bowen Middlesworth who scored four touchdowns for the Cougars in their win against Asotin.
Cougars improve to 3-0 as big-play ability is evident in victory…
(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
It’s hard to pinpoint a standout on the Chewelah Cougar football team, when they keep finding every which way to score.
Long-bomb scoring passes, interception returns for touchdowns, punt returns for a score and gigantic runs to paydirt were all on tap for Chewelah on Friday night when they improved their NE 2B COVID record to 3-0 with a 45-7 victory over league power Asotin.
“Our biggest weapon is speed,” Chewelah’s Bowen Middleworth said. “Every single person on our offense is fast, if you get into open space and the cutback lanes are open, you’re gone. Our o-line tonight was phenomenal.”
All-state player Kaden Krouse was around the football seven times and scored three touchdowns, while senior Bowen Middlesworth touched the football six times and scored four touchdowns. Meanwhile the dual-headed quarterback tandem of Clayton Jeanneret and Zach Bowman appear to be settling into their role and have a competition on who can throw the longest touchdown pass of the game. The Clay-Bo combo passed for 216 yards and two touchdowns – both over 60 yards by unofficial and rushed calculations.
Chewelah did give up a touchdown early – the first score in three games their terrifying defense gave up. Still the Quartzite Curtain was impressive with Cole Davis and Tyler Pettigrew harassing the backfield as defensive linemen and the secondary causing Asotin’s offense to have 14 incomplete passes.
The game started out scoring-wise with Clayton Jeanneret hitting Kaden Krouse with a pass that he took 70 yards to the endzone for the 7-0 lead early in the first quarter thanks to a Nic Skok kick. Asotin would answer back with a 12-yard touchdown pass to tie things up with 2:15 left in the first stanza.
Midway through the second quarter, Zach Bowman threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Bowen Middlesworth with much of that coming through the air. Middlesworth hauled in the finger-tip catch and gave Chewelah the 14-7 advantage.
Asotin would punt on their next possession and the weirdly flat and line-drive punt that may have been blocked for a defensive lineman found its way into the hands of Kaden Krouse, who took the ball back to the endzone for the 20-7 advantage. Krouse would find the endzone a third time with 35 seconds left in the first game. Cole Davis lined up in the fullback position and snowplowed a way to the endzone for the Cougar running back from four yards out.
HERE IS VIDEO OF COLE DAVIS CLEARING THE WAY FOR KADEN KROUSE’S TOUCHDOWN
Chewelah went into halftime fully in command of the game with a 26-7 lead and that’s how things would be in the second half as well.
Early in the third quarter, defensive lineman Tyler Pettigrew popped the Asotin quarterback when he was releasing the football. The hurried toss went to Bowen Middlesworth instead of an Asotin receiver. Middlesworth took it back thirty five yards for a touchdown.
“Tyler is a big kid as a freshman,” Middlesworth said. “He is insane, he is making big plays all the time, I would we be scared of him.”
Middlesworth wasn’t done for the night.
Middlesworth then ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run and a 57-yard touchdown run within a few minutes of each other to give the Cougars the 45-7 final.
The Cougar offense finished with 233 rushing yards and 216 passing yards, while their defense held up against Asotin’s passing frenzy. The Panthers were held to just 163 total yards including 94 through the air.
Middlesworth finished with 132 rushing yards on four carries while seven different Cougars rushed with the ball against Asotin. Krouse finished with 75 receiving yards and over 100 yards from scrimmage. Clayton Jeanneret passed for 112 yards, while Zach Bowman notched 104 yards through the air.
Cumulatively, Chewelah has outscored their opponents 113-7 in three games so far this year.
“3-0 is what we planned for,” Middlesworth said. “We have a great team this year, we have five games this year and we’re going to make the most of them.”
Chewelah will host Colfax next Friday at Snyder Field.
CHEWELAH 45, ASOTIN 7
Chew 7 19 19 0 – 45
Asotin 7 0 0 0 – 0
CHEW – Clay Jeanneret 70-yard pass to Kaden Krouse, Skok kick
ASOTIN – Preston Overberg 12-yard pass to Jonah Goeckner, kick good
CHEW – Zach Bowman 64-yard pass to Bowen Middlesworth, Skok kick
CHEW – Kaden Krouse 45-yard punt return, kick failed
CHEW – Kaden Krouse four yard run, pass failed
CHEW – Bowen Middlesworth – 35-yard interception return, run failed
CHEW – Bowen Middlesworth 65-yard run, kick failed
CHEW – Bowen Middlesworth 57-yard run, Skok kick
Chewelah – Bowen Middlesworth 4/132, Clayton Jeanneret 3/39, Kaden Krouse 2/26; Asotin – Brayden Barnea 14/53
Chewelah – Clayton Jeanneret 9-15/112, Zach Bowman 4-7/104; Asotin – Preston Overberg 10-24/94
Chewelah – Bowen Middlesworth 1-75, Kaden Krouse 3-74; Asotin – Jonah Goeckner 3-36