A stormy night caused a delay of about 80 minutes, but fans were treated to solid football as the 1-3 Cascade Cougars gave it their all against the 3-1 North Cedar Knights. North Cedar ultimately prevailed, 8-7.
This matchup featured good defense, but Cascade managed to find the endzone first. Senior running back Colby Holmes was the main form of offense for the Cougars as he would punch the ball into the endzone in the first quarter. After a Caden Reinke kick, the Cougars led 7-0. That was the score going into the half.
“Early in the game, we had some opportunities to put some more points on the board,” Tim Frake, head coach of Cascade said. “So our team could relax and play with confidence but we let chances slip away.”
As the second half started to tick down, North Cedar managed to climb its way into the endzone. Junior wide receiver, Kael Unruh, capped off the drive with a touchdown. North Cedar was not satisfied in tying the game as they would line up and go for two and the lead.
“Once again our defense played well,” Frake said. “If you would tell me we were only going to give up eight points I would be fairly happy.”
Sophomore running back Tyler Jackson got the call with the game on the line. He punched the two-point conversion in and Cascade trailed North Cedar, 8-7, in the fourth quarter.
Cascade had a few chances down the stretch to take the lead back, but those attempts were unsuccessful.
The Cougars’ defense held North Cedar to 184 yards, but their lone touchdown on offense would not be enough.
“This was a tough way to start district play and a disappointing way to play on Homecoming,” Coach Frake said. “Offensively, we have to find some answers with our passing game.”
Cascade dropped to 1-4 on the season with the loss. They will now host Northeast this Friday night. Northeast comes in with a 1-4 record as well and is allowing over 34 points per game to their opponents.
Jackson McAleer completed 4-of-19 passes for 65 yards. Justin Roling completed 1-of-2 for 10 yards. Their receivers were Tanner Simon 3-for-36, Holmes 1-for-24 and Alex Aitchison 1-for-15.
Holmes led the Cougars on the ground with 22 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. Ben Miller had 3-for-24.
Miller led the defense with 6.5 tackles. Isaac Delerosa had 5.5, Aitchison and Holmes 4.5; Kaleb Topping four, Ted Weber three; Tanner Simon, Jose Nava and Nate McDermott two; Cael McDermott 1.5; Luke Ruggeberg, McAleer and Zach Green one; Cody Kremer 0.5.
Cael McDermott intercepted a North Cedar Pass.