By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– The freshman girls were already on the map for Cascade this season, but they came out hard like a well-oiled machine against their older Cougar counterparts Thursday night at Federico Field.
Against the Seniors, they frosh had a defensive stand in regulation and again in Overtime before Ariel Tobaisson caught a reverse pass by Bailey Pederson to seal the 6-0 upset win over the Seniors.
“It was a lot of fun, there was a lot of pressure like ‘oh man I better catch this’,” said Tobaisson of the first game. “But I mean it was a good throw so I can’t complain.”
The Seniors bounced back to finish third in the Powderpuff Football games thanks to a pick-6 by Nyah Collins over the sophomores.
“It wasn’t what we wanted, but it was good to see our girls didn’t hang their heads and quit after that loss. We made a mistake in the first game and that’s why we lost,” said Senior ‘Coach’ Macoy Christman. “It was fun. This year was definitely better than last few years because it’s more organized like a actual football game. I hope they continue doing this because it brings everyone together.”
In the Championship bout with the Juniors, 4A High Jump State Champion Emma Gates scored the first eight points off a scamper score and the ensuring two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
The Juniors, coming off a 7-0 win over the sophomores in the opening game, knew they had their hands full against their Freshman counterparts after the show they put on against the Seniors.
“We just got tired and we let down. The freshman are studs, they’re really good athletes and they don’t give up,” said Junior Leah Delamarter. “It was so fun, it was so fun. It really was.”
Tobaisson picked off Delamarter for a touchdown before turning on the jets for the Powderpuff Hat Trick with a rushing touchdown to make it 22-0 midway through the first half before being pulled for the remainder of the game.
Their running game rivaled that of Scio’s running game with how many options they’ve had with Tobaisson, Gates, Pederson and quarterback Natalee Federico in Thursday’s twin-bill games.
“The second game, we ran our plays better and then we could take advantage of their defense and scoring a lot more. But it was really fun playing overall,” said Tobaisson.
The freshman defense allowed a few good plays by the Seniors and Juniors, but didn’t give up a score as they won the Powderpuff Title 22-0 Thursday night.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald