All week, coach Randy Davis’ plan for his Cascade Christian offense was to get the passing game rolling.
That certainly happened.
Unfortunately for his defense, so did Charles Wright Academy’s, but the No. 1 Cougars opened up 1A Nisqually play Saturday by holding off the Tarriers, 62-32, at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Senior Jaelin Goldsmith certainly was sharp, completing 12 of 15 passes for 276 yards and five touchdowns — four coming in the opening quarter.
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His 40-yarder to running back Robert Terhune on a delayed screen pass on the final playof the first quarter gave the Cougars a 27-6 lead.
In fact, Cascade Christian scored on all eight of its first-half possessions. Yet the game never seemed so comfortably in hand that Davis and company could just play it out with the reserves.
That is because the Tarriers quite possibly exposed a couple things in the secondary Cascade Christian will have to address if it wants to make a serious run at a 1A state championship.
“Our defensive backs haven’t played real well all year,” Davis said. “We are all concerned. It has got to be something fundamentally that is not happening. There is no hiding it from anybody now.”
Charles Wright’s Henry Cheney was also very good, completing 30 of 46 for 364 yards and five touchdowns. More importantly, he took advantage of the matchup problems his bigger receivers — notably Rahsaan Mills (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) and Sean Gorman (6-6, 235) — presented.
Twice, Cheney hooked up with Mills on scoring passes — a 20-yarder in the first quarter, and a 77-yarder in the second. And Gorman caught a 2-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter to cut it to 48-32.
“They’ve always been that team that shuts down the middle,” Charles Wright coach Mike Finch said. “We knew the flats would be open.”
Cascade Christian’s Riley Ramos answered the final Tarriers’ score with his own — an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Finally, Davis put his No. 1 offense back in the game with 9:27 to go, up 55-32.
And Goldsmith directed an eight-play, 93-yard drive — capped by Terhune’s 3-yard scoring scamper — to ice it at 62-32.
Terhune finished with 175 yards on 12 carries.