Oroville Football shuts out Entiat, 60 to 0

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets Football team continued to demolish all comers as they shut out Entiat by a whopping 60 to zero last Friday on the Tiger’s home turf.

“Evidently, Entiat coaches had publicly expressed that Oroville was overrated and that the Hornets would not be able to handle their speed. The boys decided to prove them wrong,” said Coach Tam Hutchinson.

In the first three minutes of the first quarter Oroville’s CJ Mathews, the WIAA-Seattle Times Student Athlete of the Week, scored the first touchdown on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Preston Iverson. Iverson’s Point After Touchdown (PAT) kick was good to bring the score up to seven to zero. Then with less than three minutes to go in the quarter, it was senior Iverson’s turn scoring a TD on a two-yard rush. He topped it off with another good PAT.

The next touchdown was scored in the second quarter on a 42-yard rush from Mathews, a junior. Again the PAT was good. Fellow junior Nicky Perez scored on a 16-yard rush, followed by a five-yard rush from Jose’ Velasco, a senior. Just a minute later following a 40-yard run off an interception, junior Caleb Whiteaker had a fumble recovery in the end zone for another TD. The half ended with a 20-yard rush by Perez for a touchdown. With all the PATs by Iverson good the score stood at 49 to 0 going into the locker rooms.

It wasn’t until about seven minutes into the third before the Hornets would score their lone touchdown of the quarter. Whiteaker rushed four-yards for the TD. Oroville was held to just one touchdown in the final quarter as well on a 24-yard rush from freshman Jacon Kellogg. Iverson was 100 percent on his PAT attempts for the night.

Perez led the Hornets in rushing with 116 yards on 12 carries, with Mathews next with 55 yards on three carries. Connelly Quick had 33 yards on 10 carries, Kellogg, 27 on two carries; Luke Kindred, 23 on four carries; Velasco, 19 on three carries and Iverson, 16 on four carries. While Oroville had 19 total first downs on the evening, the Tigers were held to six.

Oroville, undefeated in league play, will play its last home game against Brewster next Friday on OHS’s Ben Prince Field. It is Homecoming and football action will begin at 7 p.m.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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