By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The last two weeks against Marist, against Canby, had looked as if it had paid off against their rival-Stayton Friday night.
They stopped the Eagles running game. Offensively, Cascade saw David Kanoff, Blake Lewis, Ariel Tobiasson, Jacob Hage and saw Colin Smittle kick a 23-yard Field Goal to put themselves up 31-0 with 4:20 left in the second quarter.
Those last two games were a standard for them to live up to in their 52-0 win over Stayton Friday evening at Stayton High School.
“It was really good, we played at such a high-standard at those two games that we didn’t want to drop here,” Lewis said. “We didn’t want to play at (Stayton’s) level, we wanted to play at ours and it worked out.”
Lewis had set the tone for the Cougar offense with 158 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Their physicality and playing styles are why they are in the talks for one of the Top 4 Bowl Game spots sitting at number five in the recent OSAAToday coaches’ polls released this week behind Mazama, Marist Catholic, Gladstone and Marshfield.
The physical, Junior-heavy Cascade team scrapped with the scrappy sophomore-heavy Eagle squad to start the second half before the Cougs added scores from Lewis, Lance VanHoose and Shawn Kuenzi over the course of the final 14 minutes of the game.
“Cascade, they’re huge guys. They want to go out and they want to fight, they want to win. They came out here with 17 guys, they’re willing to hit someone hard,” Stayton Quarterback Cody Leming said. “I think in practice we need to focus on maybe more physicality and aggressiveness and go back into the next game and keep focusing on the things we’re working on. Physicality and defensively shifting better against the motion and stuff.”
The Eagles finish the short season at Philomath on April 3. Cascade will have another tough challenge ahead of them coming off their second win of the season when they host Sweet Home April 2 in Turner. The Huskies lost a 15-8 battle with Woodburn Friday and will be looking for their third win of the year on the road.
For the Cougars though, it’s on to the next one.
“Just look at the next team we’re playing and focus on them, not get big heads,” Lewis said
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