The Cascade football team got into the win column Sept. 13 as the Cougars took care of Maquoketa Valley, 27-16.
Cascade got the scoring started in this game with a little under five minutes to play in the first quarter. Cougars’ senior running back, Colby Holmes, crossed the goal line for the rushing touchdown with 4:45 to play in the first quarter. Cascade took a 7-0 lead into the second.
Holmes found the end zone again on the ground midway through the second quarter. The extra point was missed, but Cascade held the lead at 13-0.
Holmes finished the game with 12 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars went into the second half leading 13-0.
Lightning struck multiple times in the third quarter for Cascade as Tanner Simon caught the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game with 7:31 left in the third. A few minutes later, Carter Green reeled in their final touchdown of the day.
Maquoketa Valley tacked on two touchdowns late in the game, but it was too late for the visiting team.
“A win is a win so we are happy about that,” coach Tim Frake said. “We were able to score our first offensive points of the season and moved the ball well both on the ground and through the air.”
After hovering around the 200-yard mark for the first two games, Cascade’s offense would explode for 350 yards. Junior quarterback, Jackson McAleer, threw for 144 yards and one touchdown.
The leading receiver for the Cougars was Alex Aitchison who caught two balls for 47 yards. Two other wide receivers, Carter Green and Simon also crossed the 40-yard receiving mark. Jose Nava reeled in three catches as well.
Four Cougars, Aitchison, Nate McDermott, Kaleb Topping and Ted Weber, would notch two tackles for losses while the rest of the defense would force two turnovers.
“Defensively, we shut them down until we started emptying the bench and created a couple of turnovers,” Frake said.
MV senior, Trent Koopmann, did all of the scoring work for the Wildcats as he hauled in eight catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Outside of Koopmann’s good night, the Wildcats could not get much else going as they only totaled 165 yards aside from his receptions.
Cascade moves to 1-2 on the season with the win while Maquoketa Valley falls to 0-3.
The Cougars’ next game will be Friday, Sept. 25 on the road at Waukon.
“We have a big challenge this week,” Frake said, “but our main goal is to continue to gain experience going into district play.”