By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Caleb Sell will always remember what Cascade had done during his Senior season this past Fall on the gridiron.
The 2019-2020 Cougar Football team joined just the 1984 and 2014 squads to go undefeated in league play. In a program where there’s been success, recently winning the State Championship back in 2015 and the 4A Semi-Final round the next year, to be apart of history as going 5-0 in league play is pretty special.
“It was incredible that we were only the third team to do it, because we have had some really good teams in the past that were not able to accomplish that. So, that was really special,” said Sell. “It’s a great feeling to put something in place for the future that can be built upon. The finish to the season is not what any of us hoped for but I’m satisfied with the result because we put the work in and did what we could. And the undefeated league title was pretty awesome as well.”
Cascade 4-1 the year they won State and 3-1 in 2016. The Cougars went 7-2 in 2019 before falling to Baker in the opening round of the 4A State Playoffs 38-21.
Sell picked up Oregon West Conference Lineman of the Year, first-team offensive tackle, first-team defensive tackle and first team All-State offense to his resume. But it was the family atmosphere, the camaraderie of everyone coming together to play as one for the goal of winning a game come Friday nights that he took away from his time playing as a Cougar.
“The difference between Cascade and other programs is that there are no cliques in the locker room, everyone hangs out with everyone and that is what makes a team into a family,” said Sell of the Cascade program. “This has helped me grow as a person because I interact more with people I might otherwise not have. It makes it so the guys coming out of Cascade aren’t just good football players but good people.
“I would have not wanted to play anywhere other than Cascade for the last four years, it was an incredible experience because I was with a great group of guys, that’s came together for a lot of success.”
Sell sees the similarities between his High School program and the program he’s about to join in the Fall:
“Obviously Linfield and Cascade are both winning programs, but I also see similarities in the character of the guys at both places. The players are good people not just good players and that is a goal of both programs,” said Sell. “I just have to work hard, especially right now, it’s tough to stay motivated and get workouts in but I know I can do it. And when the time comes, I am going to put the best version of myself on the field.”
Sell will be playing defensive end for the Wildcats. Linfield went 8-2 in the Fall before their season ended in the opening round of the NCAA Division-III playoffs against Chapman 68-65.