Thankful to have a season, saddened it ended so fast; Lake Roosevelt seniors wish they had more games to play; Okanogan ends year undefeated at 4-0
COULEE DAM – A strong running game combined with a stingy defense was too much to overcome for Lake Roosevelt as the Okanogan played spoiler on the Raider’s Senior Day winning 27-7, March 27, in Central Washington 2B League action.
“It was a tough game,” said Myka Boyd (Colville tribal member) offensive and defensive lineman for Lake Roosevelt. “The season’s been fun. I wish it was a full season.”
“We tried as hard as we could,” said Terrance Salque (Colville tribal member) offensive and defensive lineman for Lake Roosevelt.
The high-powered running offense of Okanogan wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. Less than two minutes into the game, the Bulldogs scored on a 70-yard touchdown run going up 7-0 early on.
Lake Roosevelt battled back to tie the game up at 7-7 near the end of the first quarter as Raiders quarterback Hunter Whitelaw (Colville tribal descendant) would find his big 6-foot-3 senior wide receiver Sam Wapato (Colville tribal member) in the end zone for the touchdown.
“We’ve been playing for as long as I can remember,” said Wapato, talking about Whitelaw. “It feels great to get the senior season in with him for sure. It’s pretty tough it being your senior night and losing, but I’m just thankful to actually get a season, since we weren’t going to have one.”
The tie would be short lived as Okanogan scored two quick touchdowns in a two-minute span, taking a 21-7 lead into halftime.
The Bulldogs came firing out of the gates in the opening seconds of the third quarter as they tacked on their fourth touchdown of the game, building a 27-7 lead four minutes in.
The Raiders offense was unable to get anything going in the third quarter as they had three punts and one turnover via a costly fumble.
The Bulldogs had a touchdown called back early on in the fourth quarter due to a holding penalty and would turn the ball over on downs later in the drive.
Lake Roosevelt’s offense had their hands full all day as the constant pressure by the Bulldogs defensive lineman was too much to overcome throughout the course of the game.
“It’s been a fun season. This was probably our most up and down game, but other than that, it’s been a fun and great season,” said Bobcat Flowers (Colville tribal descendant) defensive and offensive lineman for Lake Roosevelt. “We just had a couple of missed plays here and there. I wish we had a longer season, because it’s my senior season, but I’m just glad we got to play at least.”
Okanogan has now won their last three games as they are currently 3-0 in CWB 2B League action. The Bulldogs closed out the season with a 53-7 win over Tonasket on Friday (April 2) evening to finish 4-0.
The Raiders were dealt their first lose of the season, seeing their three game winning streak come to an end. The following week, Lake Roosevelt would lose to Brewster 46-22 in their last game of the season to finish 3-2 overall, and 3-2 in league action.