OMAK – Chelan High School’s passing attack would prove to be too much for Omak High School’s football team to overcome. 

About five minutes in, Chelan’s air attack would score the game’s first touchdown, giving the Billygoats a 7-0 lead.

On the next drive, the Pioneers would throw an interception, but Chelan was unable to covert the turnover into points. 

Omak defense would do their best to keep them in the game as they gave up a 35-yard field goal, giving Chelan a 10-0 lead at the 7:01 mark in the second quarter. 

Just before halftime, Chelan would get another touchdown, but would have their extra point blocked, giving them a 16-0 lead at halftime. 

The air attack of the Billygoats would strike again, giving Chelan a 50-yard touchdown pass minutes into the third quarter giving them a 22-0 lead. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Omak’s kick returner, Brayan Suastegui made numerous moves and used his speed to get the end zone for a kickoff return for a touchdown, making it a 22-6 game with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Omak was unable to get the 2-point conversion. 

Chelan would tack on another touchdown late in the third quarter building their lead 29-6 as they would go on win by that margin on Friday night in Caribou Trail League action. 

After losing their first game, the Pioneers would pick up a 53-6 win at Quincy in their second game of the season. Omak would fall to Cashmere 21-7 on March 26th in CTL action. 

Omak is currently 1-2 on the year and closes out the season at Cascade on April 2. 

Backyard brawl cancelled

OKANOGAN – The annual football game between Omak and Okanogan high schools that was set to kick off the season for both squads on Friday March, 5 was cancelled due to COVID-19 exposure.

The game, known in the Okanogan Valley as the “Backyard Brawl,’’ dates back to the early 1910’s, but fans will have to wait until this upcoming fall to see who earns their bragging rights.

“The game will not be made up,” said Joe Lagrou, Athletic Director for Omak High School.  “There is not enough room in the schedule.”

“I feel terrible for all the kids,” said Kevin Daling, Athletic Director for Okanogan School District.   “Both teams have put in countless hours preparing for any type of season and to have our first game, especially Okanogan and Omak, have to be canceled is really disheartening,” Daling expressed that cancelling games may become a regular occurrence.

“Game cancellations are going to be a reality this year,” he said. “But that’s the way it goes. I would encourage everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing in an effort to get the kids as many contests as possible.”

A week later both schools would get their first games of the season in.

Okanogan traveled out to Mattawa and would get a 48-6 win over Wahluke High School on March 13 after a 15-month gap from their last game.

“We are thankful to be playing,” Daling said, as the Bulldogs will have their first home game on March 19 against Warden.

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