COLVILLE — They didn’t exactly take the path they’d hoped to, but Cashmere still wound up at the same destination: Hosting a first-round state playoff game.
The Bulldogs got there by beating sixth-ranked Colville a 27-7
Omak is also back at state, and also heading to a familiar place. The Pioneers beat Lakeside 41-7 and will play at Zillah next Saturday.
“We went down there and won last year, so maybe that’s our good luck charm,” Omak coach Nick Sackman said.
Cashmere 27, Colville 7
Cashmere entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed from the CTL, but in effect stole back the No. 1 spot they’d been shooting for entering the season with their win over the Indians.
They got there thanks to a steady diet of straight-ahead running by Tyler McNair and Kevin Kenoyer. McNair carried 35 times for 208 yards, and Kenoyer rushed 19 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns, with most of those runs coming right at the heart of Colville’s defense.
“We were able to run the midline offense and McNair did a great job of reading it,” Cashmere coach Phil Zukowski said. “Our offensive line blocked much better. This might have been one of the best blocking games of the year for our offensive line.”
The Cashmere defense was also stout, holding the Indians to 143 yards on the ground and intercepting three passes.
“I thought our defense played outstanding,” Zukowski said.
The Bulldogs host Royal in an opening round state tournament game next weekend.
Omak 41, Lakeside 27
The Pioneers notched a pair of quick scores in the first quarter, then played from in front the rest of the night.
“We were patient with the run,” Sackman said. “They were playing man-to-man and we hit them good a couple times on the slant route.”
Brenden Aguilar overcame a pair of first-half interceptions to throw for two touchdowns and run for another. He finished 13 for 28 for 207 yards.
Jose Diaz added a pair of short touchdowns runs for the Pioneers.
“Defensively we played awesome on first and second down, but they killed us on third down,” Sackman said. “We could have played better, but we played well enough to win and that’s what matters this time of year.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s pretty as long as you win.”
Chewelah 29, Cascade 14
In a non-playoff crossover game, the Kodiaks closed out the season with a loss to the Cougars.
“They controlled the line on us,” Cascade coach Elia Ala’ilima-Daley said. “We’d get in good position, but then shoot ourselves in the foot. Part of that is growing pains, and I hope our young guys learn from it.”
Chewelah racked up 289 yards rushing and 23 first downs in the win.
Okanogan 24, Freeman 16
Joe Townsend, pressed into duty two weeks ago as Okanogan’s quarterback after Ryan Price went down with an injury, shredded the Freeman defense for 281 yards as the Bulldogs ended the year on a winning note.
Okanogan also scored twice on trick plays, both on double passes from Danny Parks to Jerid Peterson, who had seven catches for 130 yards on the night.
Newport 27, Tonasket 13
Tonasket fell on the road to close out the season.
Tigers coach Jay Hawkins could not be reached for comment Friday night.
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