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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars drop heartbreaker to Kittitas on the gridiron


September 27, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Junior DaSean Leslie returns a kick during the Sept. 18 game against Goldendale.

The Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat Cougars were hoping to keep their momentum rolling after last week's shut out win over Goldendale when they traveled to Kittitas last Friday for their second Eastern Washington Athletic Conference contest.

The shorthanded Cougs, who've played with as few as 13 kids in a game this season, gave the Coyotes all they could handle in a tough 32-30 overtime loss on Friday in Kittitas.

"Some say it's the best game they've ever seen," LWK head coach Antoine Montoya said in an email to The Sentinel. "I say it's a game we should have won."

Trailing 24-16 with just over five minutes left in the game, Kittitas scored, and completed the two-point conversion with 1:28 left to tie it up and force overtime, which is the same rules as overtime in college football. Each team gets the ball at the other team's 25, and tries to score, and whoever is on top after each team gets a possession wins.

Kittitas got the ball first, putting the pressure on the Cougs when they scored and went up 32-24 after a successful two-point try. LWK came out on offense next, and nearly lost the ball but recovered its own fumble. The Cougars scored in the next two plays after senior quarterback Jeramiah Osterander gained eight on the ground, setting up sophomore Brandon Montoya's 20-yard touchdown run.

Needing a two-point conversion to force a second overtime, Osterander came up just one yard short of the endzone on his roll out to the right side as the Cougs fell narrowly to the Coyotes for the second straight year. They fell 12-6 last season in Lyle.

The Cougs got on the board first when Osterander hit junior Jarren Leslie from 30 yards out to go up 8-0 less than two minutes into the game. They marched right down the field and scored in four plays, and on their first defensive possession, forced the Coyotes into a three-and-out.

It was a defensive battle for the rest of the quarter, but Kittitas tied the game at eight shortly into the second quarter, but the Cougs quickly regained the lead. Ostrander fired another touchdown pass, this time to junior Sam McCullough, and junior DaSean Leslie scored on the two-point conversion to put the Cougs up 16-8 heading into halftime.

LWK's offense stalled in the third, but the Cougars made some plays on defense before the Coyotes tied the game at 16 heading into the fourth.

"In the third quarter we came out flat," Montoya said, "but had some defensive stops."

Shortly into the fourth, LWK went up again after an explosive 70-yard touchdown run from Montoya and a two-point run from Osterander. However, the lead didn't hold for the Cougars. Kittitas tied it at 24 to force overtime, and won in dramatic fashion to stun the shorthanded Cougs.

Osterander finished the game passing for 154 yards and two scores, and pounded his way to 87 yards on the ground. Montoya ran for 154 yards on 11 carries and also found the endzone twice. Defensively, Montoya was all over the field with his 20 tackles, and Cougar big man senior Elijah McCullough had 14 tackles and two sacks on the quarterback.

The Cougars are on the road for their third straight away contest, playing Dayton-Waitsburg at 7 p.m. on Friday.


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