WENATCHEE — Scouting the Chiawana football team doesn’t take a lot of work for opposing teams.
It’s figuring out how to beat the No. 3 Riverhawks that has proven confounding.
“They have basically two running plays — zone and counter. On defense they’ll be in either a 4-3 Cover-2 or Cover-3 all game,” Wenatchee coach Scott Devereaux said. “They might be the most predictable team in the state. They just do what they do very well.”
Wenatchee (5-3 overall, 3-2 Big Nine) will have to find a way past an undefeated Chiawana squad at Edgar Brown Stadium on Friday night to avoid getting tossed into a three-team tiebreaker for the third and final regional crossover berth.
The Panthers can also avoid a Tuesday tiebreaker if 1-7 Moses Lake upsets Richland at Fran Rish Stadium.
The stakes are obviously high for Wenatchee, but Chiawana (7-0, 5-0 Big Nine) has plenty to play for as well.
“It’s our senior night, and we don’t want to share the league title with anyone,” Chiawana coach Steve Graff said.
Devereaux said the battle in the trenches will be even more pivotal than usual on Friday.
“We have to block up front,” he said. “We have to take advantage of matchups like the one at defensive end, where they have a 180-pound sophomore. We have to man up and be able to block that guy.”
It will be tough sledding for the Panthers against the best defense in the Big Nine, a unit that has allowed just 74 points in its seven victories.
Defensively, Wenatchee will have to contend with an efficient, balanced offense that sustains drives and doesn’t put too much pressure on sophomore quarterback Joey Zamora.
Notes: On the injury front, Wenatchee will have running back Spencer Smith in uniform after he missed last week’s win at Davis with an ankle injury. However, running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims has been limited in practice with a foot injury. Backfield mates Tyler Lyon and Blake Aguilar, as well as two-way lineman Bryan Orendor have been slowed by illness.