The Cascade football team was coming fresh off a win against Maquoketa Valley last week, but Sept. 20 the Cougars struggled to keep that momentum going into their matchup with Waukon as they fell 42-13.

“Unfortunately,” Coach Tim Frake said, “we took a step backward last Friday night versus Waukon, but that’s what a good football team does if you don’t play at your best.”

Cascade’s offense was sluggish getting out of the gates as the Cougars struggled to score in the first half of the game. The Cougars found themselves trailing going into the third quarter. That is when their offense put up a couple of touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Justin Roling entered the game and completed 67% of his passes for 50 yards and threw one touchdown. Senior wide receiver, Carter Green hauled in that pass, his lone catch of the game.

“To our players’ credit, we played better in the second half and were able to put some points on the board,” Frake said.

Freshman running back Jack Menster scored the other touchdown ion a 69-yard run.

Senior defender Alex Aitchison lit up his stat sheet once again as he had six tackles, two for losses and two solo sacks, while also hauling in two catches. Senior Ben Miller also had two sacks in the game.

“Similar to the Benton game, we played well defensively early besides one big play, but we couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Frake said.

The Cougars fell to 1-3 on the season.

“We start our district play this week with a big Homecoming game against a 3-1 North Cedar team,” Frake said.

North Cedar comes into this game averaging around 20 points per game on offense and allowing about 18 on defense.