Jaelin Goldsmith has heard all the theories about his struggles at the start of the 2013 season.
The three-year starting quarterback at Cascade Christian got too bulky in the summer, gaining 15 pounds of muscle – and that has affected his throwing motion.
Or maybe the 5-foot-11 junior has not been seeing the field as well as he has in the past. The Cougars’ coaching staff did put in a few wrinkles in the offense this week to see if it would help.
When Goldsmith is playing well, the No. 2 Cougars are a tough, balanced squad for an opponent to handle.
They thumped outmanned Bellevue Christian, 63-12, in Nisqually League football at Sunset Chev Stadium on Saturday night.
Goldsmith threw three touchdown passes, all coming in the first 15 minutes. Two of them went to receiver Nathan Roosendaal, and the other one went to tight end Mason Tobeck.
Throw in another hard-hat effort from tailback Hunter Austin, who scored his league-leading 10th, 11th and 12th rushing touchdowns of the seasons, and Cascade Christian was nearly flawless.
Coach Randy Davis has wanted to get Goldsmith started. This week, the coaching staff put in a series of rollout pass plays, just to see how the talented junior would respond to more time surveying the field.
“He’s still got the gun,” Davis said.
Case in point, his third touchdown pass with 9:13 remaining in the first half.
Up 28-0, and facing a short field all night, Cascade Christian (5-0 overall, 2-0 in Nisqually Division I) drove to the Vikings’ 20. On a designed rollout to the left, Goldsmith squared up his body and fired a laser pass to Roosendaal at the 5.
Roosendaal corralled the football and tiptoed in for the score, pushing the lead to 35-0.
“The coaches have helped with (repetitions) in practice to get it perfect,” Goldsmith said. “It’s been frustrating watching a lot of incomplete passes on film (from the previous four games) … but tonight felt good.”Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org @ManyHatsMilles