Cascade Football’s ‘Building’ Year

By Jeremy McDonald

TURNER, Ore.–  Cascade only has one Senior on their Varsity Football roster.

Yes one.  On their football roster as a 4A school.

But as strangely unique as it is, David Kanoff is ready for the challenge and knows the Junior Class behind him in a give-and-take type of relationship.

“It’s definitely a weird experience trying to lead and be my own leader is really tough so I’m going to rely on the class below me, the Junior Class, to help me.  It’s just hard to find the chemistry this year because it’s just different guys this year, but I think we’re starting to figure it out,” Kanoff said.

““It’s definitely a big thing for the Juniors because they’re a really tight group.  They’ve grown up together, I remember sixth-grade they’ve always been tough and it’s crazy watching them grow up.  I look up to them even though they’re a grade below me.”

Cascade, coming off a 7-2 season in 2019, lost 12 Seniors from their 4A State Postseason team. The Cougars will look towards their

Kanoff, who was an honorable mention receiver in the Oregon West Conference and first-team OWC defense at defensive back, is looking to be that ‘Lead by example’ leader instead of more of a ‘vocal’ leader.

The squad had graduated 12 Seniors from their 7-2 and 4A State Playoff team, but the Junior class that features guys like Jacob Hage, this shortened-season season will give them the experience needed to make a run at a possible State Championship once hopefully everything returns to normal in the Fall.

For Hage, who’s been the starting quarterback at Cascade since his freshman year, looks at these next few weeks as more of a ‘building’ year.  Building for the Fall so they can make a run into the 4A Postseason.  Something they’ve been looking forward to since they were in Middle School.

“We’re really talented this year, we’ve been waiting ever since middle school for this group to get into the Junior/Senior range.  This year is going to be a building year kind of with no playoffs and then Senior year we’re looking to go the distance,” the first-team OWC quarterback said.  “It’s super unique.  We’re super pumped to being able to play and not missing out a year of High School because you have four-years.”

The Cougars will open the Spring slate with a road trip to Woodburn to play the Bulldogs March 5 before hosting Marist Catholic March 12 at home.  The schedule wraps up April 2 against Sweet Home.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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