By: Jeff Stoker
Othello – The Connell High School (0-1) football team faced off against rival Othello (1-0) on Friday, September 1 in Othello. The Huskies looked to put the Eagles away early, jumping to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. The Eagles did not bow to the early deficit however and clawed their way back into the game. Despite a valiant effort to come back and win, the Eagles fell to the Huskies 27-20.
Carson Lloyd passed for three touchdowns in the comeback effort, completing 19 of his 36 passes for 179 yards. Jackson Forsyth led the rushing attack with 82 yards on the ground on 10 carries. Kellen Riner led the team with 9 receptions and 74 yards and one of Lloyd’s touchdown passes. Mathieu Cope and Joshua Forsyth also had a receiving touchdown in the losing effort.
Max Anderson’s 13 total tackles led the Eagles defensive attack while Jackson Forsyth helped the effort with 2.0 tackles for loss. The Eagles held the Huskies to just 46 passing yards but allowed 215 rushing yards. Connell finished the game with 267 total yards compared to Othello’s 261.
The Eagles will travel for to Everson, WA on Friday, September 8 to face the #3 ranked Nooksack Valley Pioneers (1-0). The Pioneers are coming off a 35-21 season opening victory over 3A Mountain View (Vancouver). The Eagles hope to avenge last season’s 21-0 home loss to the Pioneers. Come out and support your Connell Eagles on the west side of the stat