The Cascade Cougars hosted the Benton Bobcats for their first game of the year at James P. O’Meara Field Sept. 6. The Cougars came into the game after dropping their season opener at Monticello last week while Benton won dominantly, 51-7, over South Tama.

Cascade received the opening kickoff to start the game, but the first quarter saw missed scoring opportunities by both teams.

Following a good rushing attempt by the Cougars, the ball was fumbled and recovered by Benton. The misfortune then switched to the Bobcats as they put together a good drive that stalled and kicker Blake Osborn missed the field goal attempt.

The game moved to the second quarter with no score.

“We need to make plays in crucial situations and take care of our responsibilities to take that next step,” Tim Frake, Cascade’s head coach said.

Benton started to pull away as the second quarter started. Bobcat senior wide receiver, Turner Schroeder, hauled in the first touchdown of the game with nine minutes to play in the first half. He hauled in three touchdowns in the game off 11 catches and 181 yards. Benton led 13-0 at halftime.

The Cougars’ offensive struggles continued throughout the rest of the game as they lost, 30-0.

“I know in life and in football, most people judge results by the score,” Frake said. “But even though our team lost, we showed that we could play with a quality opponent and showed a lot of improvement from week one.”

In their first game of the season, Cascade turned the ball over six times. The Cougars only turned the ball over once in week two and were able to gain over 200 yards of offense. This is something that they were unable to do in week one.

Junior quarterback Jackson McAleer led Cascade’s offense with 60 yards passing and 56 yards rushing. Alex Aitchison led the defense once again as he had five tackles and one sack.

Frake is excited to get back to work this week at practice.

“This is a big week to clean up our mistakes and get our first win,” he said.

Cascade will face off against Maquoketa Valley at home this Friday night. Maquoketa Valley is 0-2 on the season and has allowed over 40 points in each of their games so far.