The Odessa Record -

Football - Tigers stomp Warriors; season record now 7-0


October 31, 2019

Stan Dammel

Senior night for members of the football team and the cheer squad is celebrated at Finney Field on Friday, October 25, by Lee and Joy Praetorius, Josie Westmoreland, Wes Westmoreland; Kellie, Ireland and Greg Luiten; Josh Clark, Sr., Josh Clark, Jr. and Megan Schlimmer; Amy Hunt, Jaden Hunt and Stacey and Dorcey Hunt; Terri, Marcus and Todd King; Lindsy, Jakob and Justin Starkel; Megan, Brady and Tom Walter; Larry, Camden and Kelly Weber.

The Tiger fans were expecting a much closer game last Friday, October 25, when the Almira-Coulee-Hartline Warriors came to Finney Field. The two undefeated teams went head to head, with Odessa proving its overwhelming dominance by accumulating 92 points, while allowing ACH only six.

Od 40 24 0 28 92

ACH 6 0 0 0 6

Marcus King once again dominated the offense with a total of 238 yards gained, 190 rushing and 48 receiving. He scored five touchdowns and four conversion points for a total of 34 points.

Josh Clark tallied 128 yards, 111 rushing and 17 receiving, while scoring one TD and two 2-point conversions.

Stan Dammel

Homecoming royalty for 2019 are introduced during half-time at the Odessa vs. ACH game last Friday evening. Princesses and princes represent each high school class: Freshman Laela Hardung and Gage Starkel, sophomores Chloe Winkler and Daeton Deife and juniors Kaya Kuchenbuch and Pilot Weishaar. Homecoming queen is Maddy Wagner and homecoming king is Jordan Ford.

Seniors Jakob Starkel and Brady Walter scored one TD each, with Walter also adding two 2-point conversions. Freshmen Anthony Elder and Gage Starkel each scored two TDs in the second half.

Quarterback Jett Nelson completed eight of nine attempted passes for 152 yards.

Senior lineman Jaden Hunt was back in the lineup and ended the game with two interceptions (talk about being in the right place at the right time). Josh Clark and Pilot Weishaar led the team in tackles with seven each, including three QB sacks by Weishaar. King and Daeton Deife also each had one QB sack.

Odessa's defense did a stellar job against the Warriors. ACH's leading rusher Brayton Schafer, for example, averaging 103 yards per game this season, was held to only 39 yards Friday.

Among all small schools in the nation fielding either six‑, eight- or nine-man teams, the Odessa Tigers moved up 63 spots to position 106. The Tigers remain in the #1 spot for 1B schools in Washington state, followed by #2 Naselle (also undefeated), #3 ACH and #4 Neah Bay.

This Friday, Nov. 1, the Tigers play Wilbur/Creston in Wilbur at 7 p.m. The Wildcats return to the 1B league this year after several years at the 2B level.


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