Pioneers fall to returning champs, 62-6 

ROYAL CITY - For the first time since 2011, the Omak high school football team qualified for the 1A state football tournament. 

After knocking off the defending champions, Colville High School, 38-27 on Nov. 16 in Omak, the Pioneers would be on their way to the quarterfinals as one of the top eight programs in the state. 

The bad news was that Omak would be up against number one seeded and undefeated Royal City (11-0). 

Everything was going as planned at the beginning of the game as Omak marched down the field and scored a touchdown on their opening drive. 

Colville tribal member Tanner Hall ran for the Pioneers’ only score of the game as he broke through on an 8-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game giving Omak an early 6-0 lead. 

Royal blocked the extra point attempt and would take control of the game, scoring 62 unanswered points on their way to a 62-6 win on Saturday afternoon on the Knights home field. 

The Knights held a 14-6 lead after the first quarter but would explode for 27 points in the second quarter taking a 41-6 lead into halftime. Omak wasn’t able to get anything going offensively in the second half as Royal used most of the third and fourth quarters running the clock out. 

It’s tough,” said Colville tribal member Tony Marchand of Omak. “We played hard until the end. It was a great season. I had a great experience,” 

Omak finishes the year with a 10-1 overall record; they won the Caribou Trail League, going undefeated in league (4-0) for the second consecutive year. 

“Last year we were close, we just couldn’t put it together, but this year we got things worked out and it was definitely something special,” said Colville tribal member Tanner Hall, running back and defensive back for Omak. “It was a hell of a year.” 

Omak graduates 16 seniors. 

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