By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– It’s one of the most heated rivalry in all of 4A:
Cascade and Stayton.
The team from Turner were coming off a thomping 60-8 win over Yamhill-Carlton and were looking to do the same versus rival Stayton on homecoming.
As he watched his alma mater recover a fumble recovery during the second half, 2016 Eagle graduate and Geroge Fox University freshman Kyle Schwarm describes the rivalry as hard nose.
“It’s the biggest rivalry probably in 4A,” he said. “It’s hard nose football, it doesn’t really matter. Whoever wants to win, whoever has the most effort at the end of the game.”
Up to that point, it was as hard nose as it could be.
The Eagles scored first, but couldn’t convert on the two-point conversion as the Cougars knotted it soon after.
Cascade tried to take a 7-6 lead, but a botched hold was snuffed out by the Stayton defense as the Eagles took a 14-6 lead following a Jerry Daniels 74 strike on the ground and a two-point conversion.
On their next possession however, the Cougs answered once more. But on their two-point conversion to tie it was intercepted by Stayton as both teams enter the halftime intermission 14-12.
“Our team played great,” said Isaiah Sunghera about his team. “Turner was a good team and we just capitalized. Feels good to get the win tonight.”
How they got to the 14-12 win was something. Both team’s offense could drive, only to be stopped by the other’s defense. It was a chess match of who’s going to break first.
As Schwarm said as Stayton recovered the fumble about the score:
“We up,” said Schwarm with a smile as the Eagles recovered the ball, still holding a 14-12 lead in the second half.
Stayton would get another fumble recovery late in the third quarter as neither team found the endzone in the second half.
The dagger for the Cascade Homecoming celebration came when Jacob Jungwirth intercepted the ball that iced the win in favor of the team from Stayton.
“Every week we work to go 1-0, regardless of opponent,” said Sunghera. “All wins feel great. We’ll enjoy this win and be ready to punch in and get ready for (Yamhill-Carlton) next week.”
The game versus YC will be at Stayton October 8, kickoff is at 7pm.
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