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Bulldogs defeat Raiders

 

Chance Garvin leaps up for a reception against Okanogan Friday night. - Al Camp, Omak Chronicle photo

The Okanogan Bulldogs, the defending state 2B champions, defeated the Raiders 56-0 in Okanogan in the Central Washington 2B Crossover game on Friday night.

The game was a play-in for state playoffs with the number-two seed for District 5-6 on the line. This was the closest the Raiders have been to state playoffs since 2003. This was also the first matchup between the Raiders and the Bulldogs since 2011.

In the first quarter, the Bulldogs jumped ahead quickly on a Morgan Poulin touchdown run. Okanogan would go on to score four more touchdowns to finish the quarter leading 35-0.

In the second quarter, the Raider defense began to stiffen and the Bulldogs scoring slowed down.

LR then put together what looked to be a promising drive, but it was cut short by penalties.

In the first half, LR could not complete a pass. Two of Steven Flowers' passes were intercepted. One by Mason Guerrette and another by Jalen Moses, who returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Another Raider drive made it to the red zone, but they were unable to score. At halftime Okanogan led the Raiders 49-0.

LR kicked off to start the second half and Okanogan began to sub out the starters. Both sides played out the clock in the second half, with Okanogan scoring one more touchdown and LR almost scoring at the end of the fourth quarter.

Seniors Jesse Louie and Chance Garvin played great games in their last high school performance. Louie led the defense and stopped some Okanogan runs. Garvin broke up a pass that would have been another Bulldog touchdown.

Sophomore Beau Michel ran hard and helped to keep the Raiders offense moving. Junior Josiah Desautel had some great runs that, had penalties not called them back, would have given the Raiders momentum.

While the game was a loss, the season was a step in the right direction for the Raiders, their best since 2004. The game was the first time the Raiders played in a crossover game that had state playoff implications. Head Coach Geary Oliver will build on this success moving ahead to next season where he hopes to continue the improvement and have the Raiders compete from buzzer to buzzer each week.

Scoring summary

1 2 3 4 Final

OK 35 14 0 7 56

LR 0 0 0 0 0

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