By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.–Cascade never forgotten last September when Stayton beat them 14-12 at their place when they made the 10 or so minute drive out to Stayton Friday night for the yearly football rivalry game.
And as Quinn Legner slipped by the Eagle defenders and recovered a onside kick and converted that into points Friday, they left no doubt that they were mad about that result in 2016 as they built a 44-0 lead late in the first half.
The defense had three interceptions, all turned into points in the first half to go with a Marcos Reyes fumble recovery for a touchdown. Legner had one rushing and two passing scores in the opening half and had four on the night from an offensive aspect.
Ben Rash, the sophomore who filled in for Aidan Hill, showed flashes of the future of the Eagle football program and so did the other five sophomores who started along Rash Friday as they Rash helped break the shutout through the air in the final minute of the first half to make it 44-7 at halftime.
The Eagles found that end-zone once more in the second half, but the Cougars pushed their lead further for the 58-14 win to go 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Oregon West Conference play with them hosting Newport for Homecoming next week.
Stayton, falls to 2-3 and 1-1 in OWC play following their comeback from behind win versus Philomath last Friday as they travel to Yamhill-Carlton next Friday and then travel to North Marion the following Friday.