(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
We’re back with high school football fantasy football…
All hail the 1Bs, which is making Stevens County Fantasy Football look like a pinball machine.
We’re just one week in and I’ve already broke the MaxPreps website trying to keep up with all the statistics of county’s smaller schools. We’re back for another year of combining fantasy football and high school football because our editor has no life, and kids should get more credit for playing the gritty sport of FOOTBAWL.
How Stevens County Fantasy Football works is that a player gets one point for 10 yards rushing or receiving, one point for 25 yards passing. Six points for a touchdown catch or run (including fumbles, kickoffs and interceptions ran back for scores) and four points for a passing TD.
WEEK ONE FANTASY FOOTBALL CHAMPION: NORTHPORT QB TANNER MALCOLM
You’d better remember the name Tanner Malcolm this season, because he’s probably going to have a few eye-popping stat lines while taking snaps for the Northport Mustangs this season. Since 1B football is 8-man, the pace can be quick and the scores can be high which is perfect for fantasy football. They Mustangs have a veteran offensive line and a strong running game, so the combo could mean a lot of yardage.
In last Saturday’s matchup against Waterville, Malcolm rushed 15 times for 175 yards and four touchdowns, while also passing for 110 yards and a score. He finished with 49 Stevens County Fantasy Football points and is our week one champion.
We have to get him a trophy, probably like a big Sherman Tank from the dollar store for a trophy because we are very high class here at Stevens County Fantasy Football headquarters.
In that game, he was joined by teammate Jahsom Rahif who notched 13 points for 75 yards rushing on 75 carries and a score. Senior wide receiver and fantasy machine Ty Williams put a big week one performance with 60 yards rushing on 11 carries and a touchdown reception for 12 points.
The Mustangs had 470 yards of total offense in their game against Waterville and will host Stevens County rival Hunters this Friday at 7 p.m.
BEST PASSER OF THE WEEK: SELKIRK QB JAY LINK
Jay Link had his hands full while playing No. 3 Entiat in the first game of the year, but the Rangers were the hammer instead of the nail for much of the game against the Tigers. While they lost 42-28 but Link and Selkirk looked like they should be among the state’s elite this year.
Link finished with 337 passing yards and four touchdown passes. This equals out to 38 fantasy points if you also factor in a point for his 17 yards rushing. Link was the 1B classification’s leading passer in 2018 so we can expect more performances like this moving forward.
Selkirk hosts Inchelium this Friday at 7 p.m. at Kettle Falls, meaning you won’t have to drive all the way to Ione to watch the boys in green.
BEST RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: SPRINGDALE’S AVERY KITT
When it comes to running backs, Avery Kitt had one of the best performances this week for the Springdale Chargers. This comes as no surprise as Springdale loves to run the football. Kitt finished with 174 yards and two touchdowns, which equals 29 fantasy points. Springdale lost 76-28 to Tekoa-Rosalia. The Chargers will play at Curlew this Friday at 3 p.m.
While Chewelah lost 37-15 to 1A Omak in their season opener, the Cougars still had some good fantasy showings. Fullback Kaden Krouse had 103 reception yards and a touchdown, to go along with a rushing touchdown for 22 fantasy points.
Chewelah Cougar QB Jake Jeanneret finished with 15 fantasy points for 166 yards passing with a touchdown and 28 yards rushing.
Colville also had a setback in week one but it came at the hands of 2A power Cheney, while the Indians were short-handed because of injuries. Grant Michaliszyn put in another one of his great fantasy performances. Michaliszyn had 94 rushing yards on 18 carries and a touchdown to go with 77 reception yards. This equals out to 22 fantasy points for the Colville senior.
But perhaps the star last Friday was backup QB Tyler Baun, who rushed for 77 yards and a score, while passing for 133 yards and a score as well. This equals out to a Colville-high 24 fantasy points.
Colville’s schedule doesn’t get easier, they will host 1A power Meridian on Saturday at 1 p.m.