By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– The good news for Cascade entering this football season was that they lost one senior in David Kanoff. The better news is that they replaced him with Ethan Newton, known as Rogue to the Cougar community who will be taking Kanoff’s spot at Wing in the Cascade offense after taking last year off from the game last season.
Both are similar in build, athleticism and toughness with Newton hoping to make a similar impact as the recently graduated Senior did the past two years for the Cougs offense.
“Last year we graduated David Kanoff, who was a humongous part of our offense last year. He also played wing, which is the position I am returning to this year and I think I can make a huge impact this year with that as well as running and receiving the ball,” said the incoming Junior in Newton.
The annual Cascade Football Team Camp was significantly smaller than it normally is with six teams including the Cougars in attendance. Sandy, Dallas, McKay, Estacada and Woodburn all spent time in Turner improving before the statewide week-off next week going into Fall Camp in a few short weeks.
Building that team chemistry while taking advantage of the different looks from the five teams has helped Cascade. All in preparation for their Week 1 matchup with Baker on the road in Baker City on September 4.
“I think it was a big part. Start off the year with a deep breath and not having Covid stuff happen and I think we started off good. The lineman did their job and I think the only thing we’ll need to work on is pass blocking,” Cougar running back Blake Lewis said. “Coach said that we’ll be under the chute a lot and working on getting lower so we can stay sticky on the pass blocks. One-on-one’s, we need to do those and keep lifting in the weight room, that’ll help too.”
“Playing all of these good 4A and 5A teams, teams that we were able to compete with and to excel against them. I think that’ll give us high hopes,” adds Newton.
Cascade will return to work the Monday following Moratorium Week in August.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald