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By WILL HOLLAND

Here's an inside look at the 1A Chelan Mountain Goats.

Links: Chelan team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

2018 IN REVIEW

4-6 overall record, 0-4 in 1A Caribou Trail League; no playoff appearance

COACHING RESUME

HC: Travis Domser

24-36 record (7th season as head coach)

Coordinators: Derek Todd (OC); Chris Alexander (DC).

Base schemes: Spread offense, 4-4 defense

RETURNING 

Offense - 4. Defense - 8.

TOP RETURNERS

RB/LB Tobin Wier, 5-10, 185, Sr.

RB/LB Johnny Ayala, 5-9, 200, Sr.

WR/DB Kyle Jackson, 6-2, 177, Sr.

G/LB JD Gonzalez, 5-11, 180, Jr.

OL/DL/K AJ Martinez, 6-0, 180, Jr.

THREE TO SEE

WR/DB Kyle Jackson, 6-2, 177, Sr.

Incoming senior Kyle Jackson will hope to catch some deep ones this season for the Chelan offense. He’s got good foot speed, and is able to maximize his 6-2 frame as more of a possession receiver. He should be a big asset for whoever takes over the reins at QB for the Goats this year. 

RB/LB Johnny Ayala, 5-9, 200, Sr.

Ayala will return to the Chelan backfield in 2019 for his senior season after an impressive junior year campaign. His success last year could, in part, be attributed to a strong passing game that forced defenses to leave the box open, but that won’t be the case this year. Ayala’s production will come this year in an offense that only returns 4 starters, of which only one returns to the offensive line. 

RB/DB Julio Alatorre, Jr, 5-9, 175, Jr.

This junior transfer from Tonasket will hope to wedge his way into a talented backfield this season, as the Goats already have two returning starters there who produced a lot of yards for the offense in 2018. He’s got good speed, and should offer some additional help to a defense that already looks solid. 

OUTLOOK

Head coach Travis Domser steps into his seventh season as head coach of the Mountain Goats with a 24-36 record thus far. In 2018, the squad had a down year, going winless in league and winning only four games overall. This year doesn’t look to be much easier for Chelan, as the team loses all-league defensive end Skyler Gordon to graduation, along with seven starters from the offense. Among those departures was quarterback Quinn Stamps, who took his talents to the next level at College of the Canyons. The four that they do return are good pieces though, including 2018’s No. 1 wideout target in Kyle Jackson, and running backs Johnny Ayala and Tobin Wier. Defensively, the Goats return eight starters, which gives the unit some solid experience heading into the new year. Coach Domser is excited for the new season, telling us that this 2019 Chelan team is “finding its identity this offseason.”

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept. 6, 7 p.m.: at Brewster

Sept. 13, 7 p.m.: Warden

Sept. 20, 7 p.m.: South Whidbey

Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: Granger

Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: at Okanogan

Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Cashmere

Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: at Cascade

Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Omak

Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: at Riverside

*home games in bold