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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars well represented on EWAC All-League team


December 6, 2017

After the historic season that saw the Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat Cougars knocked off in the opening round of the Class 2B state football playoffs, the Cougars were well represented on the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference All-League teams.

Head coach Antoine Montoya was selected as the EWAC Co-Coach of the Year, while standout sophomore running back Brandon Montoya was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Year in the eight-team league.

Also on the first team offensive team, Montoya was joined by senior lineman Elijah McCullough, who helped open up many of the holes Montoya ran through this season.

Senior quarterback Jeramiah Osterander was the lone Cougar on the second team as quarterback, but junior receiver Sam McCullough, senior tight end Reco Quintero, senior lineman Phoenix Dorsey and junior kicker Jarren Leslie headlined the offensive honorable mention team.

On the defensive side, the McCullough brothers represented the Cougars on the first team with Elijah getting the nod at defensive line, and Sam at linebacker.

Montoya and freshman Robbie Dorr earned second team spots at backer and defensive back respectively, and Osterander (DE), Leslie (LB), and Quintero (DB) all made the honorable mention team.

The Cougars finished second in the eight-team EWAC at 5-2, trailing just Tri-Cities Prep in the conference standings.

They knocked off Oroville 32-22 at home on Nov. 3 in the district playoffs to advance to state for the first time in over 30 years. They fell to Class 2B runner-up Liberty 57-14 on Nov. 11 in the opening round of state. Liberty fell 28-27 to Kalama in the state title game.


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