By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– The Cascade Junior Varsity team came into Monday’s game with Philomath with a perfect 7-0 record as they looked to finish the regular season 8-0.
With most of their team freshman, the Cougars found themselves in a dogfight with the Warriors with the game tied at 18 entering the second half.
That’s where Ben Roth exploded like a scrawnier version of Ethan Coffey as the sophomore swingman handed Cascade a 24-18 lead with a 13-yard scamper.
“We got so much better. I mean this group of kids, they work so well together and they have so much fun together,” said Roth. “Now, it sucks that we loss but it’s alright. I think we got a lot better than they did.”
But, Philomath too turned to their running game as they took a 26-24 lead en route to building a 32-24 lead after the Cougs stopped a two-point conversion to keep the game in reach.
Cascade couldn’t convert their next offensive possession into points but held the Warriors to a three-and-out with under two minutes to go as the Cougars began to march down the field.
A quick catch by Will Ramos from Caymus Roache, a run or two by Roth and a well-executed hook-and-latter play had gotten the mojo rolling, but that was all the Cascade JV’ers could muster as a late interception in the closing seconds sealed the 32-24 loss for the Cougars to close out the season.
“It felt good, it felt really good, there doing so good,” said Roth on that last drive, seeing them able to march down the field with how young they are. “This is good fuel, I mean they’re angry and if they can keep that in their heads into next year, there going to help us out on Friday night.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald