Five things to ponder about prep football in North Central Washington after Week 6:
1. One tired Tiger
Tonasket running back Keegan McCormick put up one of the most impressive stat lines you’ll see in a 30-18 upset of Cascade on Friday night.
The Tigers’ bruiser carried the ball a staggering 47 times, picking up 308 yards and four touchdowns.
Tonasket had exactly 24 yards of offense by anyone other than McCormick.
“We told him early in the week he was probably going to get it 35 times, but it was working so we just kept giving it to him,” Tonasket coach Jay Hawkins said.
2. No defense
The thinking here is that Denny Neely and the Okanogan Bulldogs might want to spend some quality time this week on the defensive side of the ball.
The Bulldogs have given up a whopping 140 points in their past two games after No. 4 Cashmere hung 63 on them last Friday. That comes after Chelan hit the Bulldogs for 77 points in Week 5.
3. Oroville WR hits five TDs
Hornets wideout CJ Mathews almost beat Bridgeport on his own last week.
Mathews scored five touchdowns, including four in the second quarter alone as Oroville cruised to a 56-13 victory over the Mustangs.
Three of Mathews’ scores came through the air, one on the ground and one on an interception return.
4. Throw the flag
Ephrata’s contest at Othello didn’t start until 10 p.m. on Friday night because Huskies athletic director Pete Patitucci apparently forgot to book officials for the game.
The Tigers waited around until the refs who worked the LaSalle-Royal game could arrive for a double shift.
After all that, the poor Tigers lost 61-7.
5. Hug of the week
We end as we do every week, with special recognition in the form of a big ol’ bear hug to the coach whose team came out on the short end. This week, we honor Okanogan coach Denny Neely, whose Bulldogs are suddenly in the CTL cellar after consecutive losses to Chelan and Cashmere. In addition to the defensive woes covered earlier, Okanogan was whistled for 10 penalties for 125 yards against Cashmere on Friday. The Bulldogs will look to get it together at Cascade this week.
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