On a night when Cascade recognized this year’s senior class, the Cougars came out with a vengeance, to dominate the Wilton Beavers, 34-6, due in part to some senior performances. Senior Isaac DeLaRosa led the defense with 10 tackles. Senior Casey Koppes had five, Ted Weber had 4.5 tackles, three for loss, along with one sack. Senior Carson Staner also contributed 3.5 tackles, three of them solo.
Cascade started the game on offense and did not waste any time moving the ball down the field. After a couple of miscues by both teams, junior Jack Menster ran around the left for a nice gain of 25 yards. He backed that up with a run up the middle putting the Cougars on the Wilton 20-yard line. A quarterback keeper by Justin Roling for six yards, and then a corner pass to senior wide receiver Cael McDermott put the Cougars on the board 6-0. Solid play by the Cougar special teams and a tackle for loss by senior Koppes forces Wilton to punt. On the next Cougar possession, the Beavers intercepted a Roling pass. Offsetting penalties negated a run by the Wilton quarterback before the defense made a stand courtesy of a sack by senior Weber. Starting on their own 30, the Cougars moved the ball quickly with the help of a strong running game by Menster to get close to midfield. The offensive line then opened up a hole for Menster who took the ball 52 yards for another touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Both defenses started off the second quarter forcing punts. Wilton tried to get things moving but the Cougar defense would have none of it, forcing a three-and-out. Menster brook loose for a run to the Beaver 43. Roling handed off to Menster who took it all the way for another touchdown. A third extra point by Isaac Nava gave the Cougars a 21-0 lead midway through the second that held until halftime.
Coming out in the second half, Wilton got their offense moving into Cougar territory courtesy of mixing a run and pass game. A pass from quarterback Caleb Sawvell to wide-out Gage Rosenkild put them into the Cougar red zone for the first time in the contest. The defense held them on three downs but on fourth down moved before the snap which was all Wilton needed to get on the scoreboard via a run by Jackson Hull. A missed PAT made the score 21-6.
Starting on their own 35, the Cougars started to move but a costly penalty and the Beavers defense led to a fourth down-and-7. Luck and great hands saw a pass just off the fingertips of senior Staner into the hands of McDermott giving them a first down on the Beavers 37. An ensuing fumble gave the ball back to Wilton. The Cougar defense forced a punt with a little over three minutes left in the third. They proceeded to move the ball down the field with runs by Menster and Simon before Roling hit Menster who scored his second touchdown of the night for a commanding 27-6 lead late in the third. The kickoff put the Beavers deep in their own territory at the 13. On first down, they tried to go for it all with a long pass to their wideout Rosenkild but Simon intercepted it.
The Cougars hurt themselves on their next drive with some key penalties but were able to move the ball down to the Beaver 25-yard line before the third quarter expired. Starting the fourth, Simon ran around the end, followed by Menster with a run around the other end that resulted in his third touchdown of the game-sealing the win, 34-6.
Cascade’s leaders were: passing: Justin Roling 7-of-13 for 73 yards, two touchdown and one interception; rushing — Menster 22-for-251, Simon 4-for-18, Koppes 3-for-18, Roling 5-for-11, Otting 1-for-8; receiving — Simon 3-for-34, McDermott 2-for-25, Otting 2-for-11; tackles — DeLaRosa 10 (six solo), McDermott 5.5 (four), Koppes five (four), Weber 4.5 (three for loss, one sack), McAleer four (three), Staner 3.5 (three), Ruggeberg 3.5 (two), Simon three (one), Nava three (three), Moncada 2.5 (two), Kremer 1.5 (one), Topping one, Lange Booth and Bergfeld 0.5; interceptions — Simon, McAleer, McDermott and Ruggeberg one; sacks — Weber one.