3A/2A/1A FOOTBALL: Cascade Christian rolls over St. Mary's
Cascade Christian finished off the football regular season in impressive fashion.
Now it’s ready to begin the second season, the state playoffs.
The fifth-ranked Challengers overwhelmed crosstown rival and 10th-ranked St. Mary’s, 61-7, at U.S. Cellular Community Park Friday, securing the No. 2 seed from the Class 3A District 2 South Division.
St. Mary’s is the No. 3 seed and also qualified for the playoffs.
The postseason begins next week, but pairings had not been determined by press time.
“As long as you’re healthy going into the playoffs and have some momentum going in, you’re where you want to be,” said Cascade Christian coach Jon Gettman after the Challengers improved to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in District 2. “Whatever happens from there, you can’t control. But the way the kids are playing and with the health of our team, those are good things to have.”
St. Mary’s dropped to 6-3 and 3-2.
Cascade Christian, the state runner-up a year ago, set a school record with six interceptions and had a season-high 572 yards of total offense.
Matt McPheeters and Kristian Fralich each had two interceptions, and Elijah Smith ran one back for a touchdown to complete the scoring. Tyler Almasy had the other interception.
“It came down to turnovers,” said Gettman. “Matt McPheeters manned up against Tre (Foster, St. Mary’s tight end) and made a number of picks early that really changed the momentum of the game. Momentum is such a big thing in football, in any sport, and we were able to seize it.’
The Challengers’ offense took it from there.
Cascade Christian quarterback Kiegan Schaan ran for 151 yards and touchdowns of 59 yards — which started the scoring — and 3 yards.
Smith chipped in 137 yards and touchdowns of 3 and 1 yards as the Challengers amassed 364 ground yards, averaging 10.4 yards per carry.
Schaan was 10 of 18 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
The scoring strikes were 35 and 12 yards to Fralich and 18 yards to Cade Sample.
Sample also had a scoring run of 29 yards.
Fralich made five catches for 144 yards, an average of 28.8 per reception.
“I thought this was our most complete performance,” said Gettman. “I got after them a little bit for just not playing with emotion. They work hard but we want them to enjoy it and to really play with emotion. I think the kids are starting to play with the emotion we need.”
St. Mary’s Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua was 14 of 33 passing for 134 yards and four interceptions.
Brady Eiler led the Crusaders in rushing with 54 yards, and Cobey Aldrich was the top receiver with five catches for 51 yards.
CC — Schaan 59 run (Knobloch kick)
CC — Schaan 3 run (Knobloch kick)
CC — Smith 3 run (Knobloch kick)
CC — Sample 18 pass from Schaan ((Knobloch kick)
CC — Smith 1 run (Knobloch kick)
SM — Wailehua 10 run (Holermann kick)
CC — Fralich 35 pass from Schaan (Knobloch kick)
CC — Fralich 12 pass from Schaan (kick failed)
CC — Sample 29 run (kick failed)
CC — Smith 27 interception return (Knobloch kick)
ROGUE RIVER 26, REEDSPORT 20: At Reedsport, Aiden Canoe punched in a pair of touchdown runs for Rogue River, which picked up the nonleague victory in its regular-season finale.
The Chieftains’ Caden Tognoni gashed Reedsport for 145 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Rogue River finished the season with a 3-5 record.
TRIAD 44, BUTTE FALLS 20: At Klamath Falls, Butte Falls lost in the District 2 playoff game that sent the winner to the Class 1A state playoffs.
The Loggers (5-3), No. 3 in the District 2 West Division, were hoping to secure one of four at-large berths once league play was completed Friday. At-large teams are determined by the OSAA rankings.
Triad (6-2) was the No. 2 team in the District 2 East Division.
Triad was in control early, building a 34-6 halftime lead. Micah Young threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score for the Timberwolves.
Butte Falls got 154 yards rushing on 19 carries from Kaleb Tiry. Tiry had a 73-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard score.
Colt Carlton’s 4-yard run for the Loggers produced the first touchdown of the game.
Carlton completed 6 of 19 passes for 88 yards. Zack Genereux and Desmond Clayborne each had two catches.
Genereux led the defense with eight tackles, and Warren Whitlock had 5 1/2.
BF — Carlton 4 run (run failed)
T — Mortiz 80 pass from Young (pass failed)
T — Mortiz 28 pass from Young (Orndoff pass from Young)
T — Young 8 run (Roe pass from Young)
T — Roe pass from Young (run failed)
BF — Tiry 10 run (Whitlock run)
BF — Tiry 73 run (run failed)
T — Safety, player tackled in end zone
T — Grandy 4 run (Roe run)