EATONVILLE — Cascade Christian High School wasn’t the Class 1A football powerhouse it is now when Randy Davis took over the program 10 years ago.
One-hundred wins later, Davis is coaching the unbeaten Cougars into his seventh Nisqually League title game.
No. 2 Cascade Christian used a big second half to down No. 10 Eatonville, 47-7, on Friday night. The Cougars, who won Nisqually Division 1, advanced to the league title game against Division 2 winner Charles Wright Academy.
Just the way Davis hoped his 100th career victory would come.
“My first time as head coach, I think we had 24 players, and I thought, ‘Oh Lord, what did I get myself into?’ ” Davis said shortly after receiving an alumni-autographed football from members of his coaching staff. The Cougars have one state title and three second-place finishes under Davis.
“But this (win) is a testament to my staff, administration and the players above all else,” he said.
The Cougars (8-0 overall, 6-0 Nisqually League) led 13-7 at halftime after Eatonville’s George Tomal caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Jacob McCormick. But they got big plays from their special teams — a recovered kickoff and blocked punt inside the 5 — to outscore the Cruisers 34-0 in the second half.
Cascade Christian’s defense held Eatonville, which entered with the No. 2 scoring offense in the league, to a season low. The Cougars did so without two of their top players — Nathan Roosendaal (broken wrist) and Hunter Austin (knee).
Eatonville (6-2, 4-1) beat Cascade Christian, 29-6, last year to advance to the Nisqually title game. The Cougars hadn’t forgotten.
“We talked about this game all week,” said quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith, who threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 79 yards and a score. “I’ve had it on my calendar since last year.”
Goldsmith led Cascade Christian 75 yards on the game’s first possession, capped by his 16-yard touchdown pass to Marshall Coleman.
The Cougars forced a stop and took a 13-0 lead on Goldsmith’s 17-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal to leaping tight end Mason Tobeck.
Riley Ramos took care of the offensive workload in the second half. He rushed for 119 yards and scored three times as the Cougars cruised to Davis’ milestone victory.
“Man, it’s just awesome for him, just awesome,” Goldsmith said. “I’m just so glad to be a part of it.”
But Davis hopes to remember this season for more than an autographed game ball or 100 wins. A second state title is preferred.
“I think about 104, 105 wins would be nice,” Davis said.
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