A football season that saw some highs and lows came to an end for Cascade, Oct. 25, as the Cougars lost their season finale to Bellevue. After starting their 2019 campaign 0-2, Cascade started to win some games, but ultimately ended the year with a 3-6 record.
The Cougars’ offense was sluggish out of the gates as they only managed to score seven points combined in their first two games. Game three against Maquoketa Valley was a different story as they found the endzone four times.
Seniors Colby Holmes and Carter Green accounted for three touchdowns in the game with sophomore Tanner Simon scoring the final one. Junior quarterback Jackson McAleer and sophomore quarterback Justin Roling each threw one touchdown in Cascade’s 27-16 victory over the Wildcats.
“Every team, every year has high expectations going into the season and this year was no different,” coach Tim Frake said. “We knew we had to play well with a difficult non-district schedule plus a competitive district led by a strong West Branch team.”
Two more losses followed, and the Cougars sat with a 1-4 record over half way through the season.
That losing streak got snapped immediately as they defeated Northeast on James P. O’Meara Field, 36-18. Holmes and Green had huge games. Holmes carried the ball 25 times, for 179 yards and notched one touchdown. Green caught six passes for 104 yards and reeled in one score.
“Our seniors did an excellent job of showing leadership,” Frake said, “especially when things weren’t going our way.”
Cascade made it two wins in a row as the Cougars went on the road and defeated Beckman, 36-20. A cold and rainy night set the stage for the Cougars’ run game. They had 218 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. The defense generated five turnovers in the win. Seniors Alex Aitchison, Ben Miller and Holmes all took away a possession along with junior Ted Weber and sophomore Simon.
The Cougars dropped their final two games of the season against West Branch and Bellevue and finished their season at the number five spot in their district.
On the season, Cascade’s offense was led by Holmes who had 169 rushes-for-895 yards and eight touchdowns. Quarterback McAleer threw for 626 yards, five touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Three wide receivers notched 10 or more receptions: Aitchison 15-for-183 yards and one touchdown, Simon 18-for-190 and one touchdown, Green 13-for-191 and three touchdowns.
The defense allowed just over 22 points per game and forced 14 turnovers. The leading tackler was Miller with 57.5 tackles. He also notched three sacks and two interceptions. Aitchison had 44.5 tackles, 9.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Junior Cael McDermott led the air defense with three interceptions.
As a team, they had 740 passing yards, 1,452 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns on offense. On the other side of the ball, the defense generated two touchdowns and 25 sacks.
“It is always difficult but fulfilling to think about the career and growth of our seniors and all the great memories they have provided,” Frake said.