Cougars survive: Cascade claims football rivalry win vs. Stayton

October, 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports & Recreation

James DayThe Stayton-Cascade rivalry fooyball game lived up to its history Sept. 21 at Federico Field in Turner.

The Eagles and Cougars battled tooth and nail for four quarters, with Cascade taking a 31-28 victory in the Special District 3 opener for both schools.

Cascade battered away using its power running game, with the “thunder and lightning” tandem of Ethan Coffey (176 yards, one TD) and Joe Baxter (124 yards, one TD.

Stayton, meanwhile, relied on the passing and running of Ben Rash, who threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 97 yards.

But amid all of the offensive fireworks it was turnovers that told the tale. Stayton turned it over four times, enabling Cascade to rally from a 21-10 deficit.

“That was a pretty good high school football game,” Eagles coach Randy Nyquist told Our Town. “But when you are playing against a good team like that you have to take better care of the ball. We just had too many turnovers.”

“That was a fantastic team performance,” said Cascade coach Brandon Bennett. “Our offense and our defense finally came together on the same night.”

Also playing a key role for the Cougars was freshman QB Jacob Hage, who rushed for 42 yards and a pair of TDs, including a perfectly executed 16-yard naked bootleg that gave Cascade the lead for good in the third period.

Both teams are 1-3 overall heading into the teeth of the league season. Only the top two teams in the district are guaranteed a Class 4A playoff spot, with four at-large berths up for grabs among the six leagues.

Soccer: New Stayton girls coach Devin Holmes has the Eagles undefeated in Oregon West play and ranked No. 6 in Class 4A. Stayton’s only loss was a 1-0 defeat at Gladstone on Aug. 28. The Eagles are 6-0 in league play, one game ahead of 5-1 Philomath. Stayton downed the Warriors 3-2 on Sept. 4, and the two teams faced off again on Sept. 27 after Our Town’s presstime.

The perennial state title contending Stayton boys team, meanwhile, is 5-1 in league play and ranked No. 5 in Class 4A. The Eagles’ lone loss was a 5-1 defeat at No. 3 Woodburn, which moved down from Class 5A this season. Stayton has outscored opponents 44-6 in building a 6-1 overall mark. Woodburn is 6-0 in the Oregon West and visits Stayton for the rematch on Oct. 10.

Cross country: Stayton ran well in its annual invitational meet held Sept. 19 at the Stayton Middle School trails. The Eagles won the varsity girls competition and took second in the boys.

Hailey Notman took second, Skyla Anderson finished fourth and Bridget Spencer sixth for the Eagles girls, who bested runner-up Kennedy by 10 points. Takisha Kendall was 20th for Santiam.

Woodburn won the varsity boys competition, led by champion Giovanni Bravo. Stayton’s Matthew Frazeur and Ken Kirby were second and third behind Bravo, with Trey Thomas of Santiam 16th and teammate Isaac Turner 17th.

Stayton also finished second in the junior varsity boys race, led by ninth-place finisher Sterling Fulks. Corrina Doucette was eighth and Sophia Casarez was 10th for the Eagles in the JV girls competition.

In the middle school runs Stayton was second in the girls team race behind LaCreole of Dallas. Hope Bridge was fifth and Elizabeth Young ninth for the Eagles. The Stayton Middle School boys were fifth, led by Gavin Berning (13th).

Regis, meanwhile, won the novice boys division of the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational held Sept. 12 at Silver Falls State Park. Landson Taylor of the Rams took first place, with teammate Colton Baughman fifth.

Santiam’s Thomas and Turner both ran well again in the varsity boys race, finishing 32nd and 44th, respectively, in a large field of 139 runners.

Volleyball: Stayton is 3-3 in Oregon West play and 6-6 overall. Cascade, meanwhile, is 2-4 in league and 2-8 overall. The squads are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Oregon West and likely would need to rise to third place to have a shot at one of the at-large playoff berths in Class 4A. The top two teams in each of the six 4A leagues qualify automatically.

Santiam, meanwhile, is fifth at 3-5 in the Tri-River and 6-7 overall, and Regis is fourth at 4-3 and 8-4 overall in the Central Valley Conference. Like Stayton and Cascade the Wolverines and Rams need to make up some ground to grab a playoff spot in Class 2A.

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