For the third time in 12 months, we get to see Cascade Christian, after splitting with them between a early nonconf loss and a playoff victory last year.
CC may have fewer bodies this season than they’ve had in the past, but the players they return for 2017 are all studs.
Eight starters on each side give Cascade Christian experience and depth. There’s a lot going for them heading into 2017:
▪ The Cougars will add some power to go along with Coleman’s quickness. Madden Tobeck, who missed most of his 2016 season with an ankle injury, is back.
“I know for sure we both work hard,” Tobeck said. “I know we’re both fast. I think with our line and experience up front, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch this year.”
▪ Tobeck and Coleman have the good fortune of running behind Corbin Nohr, another Nisqually first-team offensive selection in 2016. Nohr was also first-team defense last season, racking up 94 tackles and six sacks for the Cougars.
“We have pretty good chemistry and work well together,” he said on the defense as a whole. “We’ve been playing together for a long time. The chemistry is important, a lack of communication can result in bad things.”
▪ Head coach Randy Davis noted that Cascade Christian has never had a quarterback with sophomore Packer Johnson’s talent. Davis said as a freshman he showed arm strength and quickness.
— Devin Carle (@CascadeCoachD) August 27, 2017
The Cougs are 2-0 this year, beating both Orting and Lynden Christian rather handily. In both games, they produced at least 200 yards passing and 215 rushing. Last week against LC, they ran for 270.
Madden Tobeck rushed for two touchdowns for Cascade Christian, including one from 58 yards out on the Cougars’ first possession of the second half. Tyquan Coleman also rushed for a touchdown and scored another from 87 yards out after catching a pass on a wheel route. Adam Whitaker also caught a 67-yard scoring pass from Parker Johnson in the fourth quarter.
Offensively, CC is still based on a Wing’ed-T-ish unbalanced set that they will break into 3-wide for passing.
The Herald previews tonight’s game thusly:
Key to the game: Meridian, which allowed 387 passing yards last week will have to shore up its defense against a Cougars squad eager to pay it back for knocking it out of the first round of the 1A State Playoffs last year. Cascade Christian piled up 274 yards rushing and 205 through the air last week.
Player to watch: Meridian’s Bryce VandenHaak is one of Meridian’s many talented skill position players. He now stands second in the county with 202 yards receiving after catching five passes for 167 yards and a TD last week.
Prediction: Cascade Christian 21-20.
The game also gets a shoutout from the TNT as State of o’ the Week.
It's going to be a good one at Meridian HS tonight!
— Cascade Christian AD (@CCS_Cougars_AD) September 15, 2017
Kickoff is 7:00PM in Lovely Downtown Laurel. No radio tonight so you just gotta be there.