CHELAN — You’d think that pressure situations wouldn’t affect Justin Rivas too much. After all, he’s sunk free throws in the waning seconds of state basketball games, and made game-winning goals in state soccer contests. Rivas is quite simply one of the most fearless, most competitive athletes in the Caribou Trail League; he’s confident in his abilities, and he absolutely hates to lose.
But before Okanogan’s football game against Chelan on Friday, Rivas was downright flustered. Because the Bulldogs’ all-league starting quarterback, Clay Ashworth, had suffered a hip injury in the team’s win over Connell last week, Rivas, normally a wide receiver, was asked to make his first varsity start behind center against the Goats.