Cascade Christian High School of Medford reminded the state once again why the Challengers were the 2018 3A State Champions by unleashing a hellish mix of speed and size domination that resulted in Brookings dropping their second straight football game 49-0 at Bankus Field on 'Senior Night'. Both clubs came into the contest 6-1 on the year but that was where the similarities ended.
The Challengers took the opening drive from CCHS 32 all the way to pay dirt mixing up some big runs and quick passes capping it off with a high back of the end zone pass to go up 7-0. CCHS would strike again with 3:35 left to go in the first period with a laser beam pass from 16 yards away to make it 14-0 to close out the first frame.
The Challengers massive line with players tipping the scales between 250 to 310 pounds confounded the Bruins ground game all evening long. McFeeters scooted 48 yards for another CCHS score at the 9:04 mark of the second quarter putting the #8 ranked team in the state up 21-0 after the PAT cleared the uprights. Bavaro's Bruins briefly showed a glimmer of hope making a foray into Challenger territory only to go three and out. The ensuing punt resulted in another Cascade Christian TD with the Challengers taking it to the bank up 28-0.
Then the unthinkable happened.
Within the space of 3 seconds the Challengers would score two touch downs effectively placing the game out of reach. First, CCHS stormed the end zone from the two to make it 35-0. Three tics of the clock later Ethan Hooper, the Bruin quarterback, had the ball stripped from his hands at the Brookings 2 yard line the Challengers covered the forced fumble behind the scoring line to tack on more 42-0 with 49 seconds left in the second quarter.
A final score would happen midway through the third frame when CCGS blasted the ball in from the two to make the final 49-0.
Next week the Bruins face the #1 ranked team in the state, the Hidden Valley. The Bruins are in a must win situation against the Mustangs in order to earn a slot in the play offs. Like former Beatle Ring Starr sang "You know it don't come easy."
Both clubs game into the contest 6-1