Cascade Christian football player Mason Tobeck looked comfortable in his surroundings as he roamed through the weight room during a sweltering August afternoon.
Tobeck, who will start as the Cougars’ middle linebacker and tight end when the season opens next month, likes to hang out in Cascade Christian’s new weight room, which is in the back of the building.
“It’s really exciting for us as a team, because we had a small weight room in the past where only a few guys could get in there at the same time,” Tobeck said. “Now we have this whole big weight room where the entire team can lift together. We have great team chemistry, and this is helping it even more, along with helping our strength and conditioning.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Tobeck has worked with Cascade Christian quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith extensively during the offseason to build a rapport that will pay dividends on Saturday nights at Sunset Chev Stadium.
“We have been working hard and have been getting here about 45 minutes early (before weight-lifting sessions) to run sprints and run routes,” Tobeck said. “Jaelin and I have been hanging out and are getting our chemistry down. We’re looking forward to Week 1 against Cashmere. It’s very exciting to be playing a team that got the best of us last year. We’re just really hyped to get back on the field in general, and that game adds a little bit extra to it.”
Tobeck said he likes to run seam routes and hitches, but his favorite pattern to run is a corner route.
“If you get the defensive back on your inside hip, then it is very easy to get open,” Tobeck said.
Tobeck knows he likely will be Goldsmith’s No. 1 target in the passing game.
“There is a little bit of pressure that comes with that, which I welcome as a competitor,” he said. “I want to do the best I can to help my team win. If I am the guy that the ball is going to, then I’m going to do my best to catch the ball and do the best I can with it.”
Cougars head coach Randy Davis expects Tobeck to make just as much of an impact on defense as he will on offense. Davis likes the combination of Tobeck at middle linebacker and Damon Davis at outside linebacker.
“We expect to be a much more physical defense this year, and they are a big part of that,” Davis said during spring drills in June.
The Cougars want to reclaim their glory after they failed to advance to the Class 1A state championship game for the first time since 2008 last season.
“Our team goal is to get to that state championship game and try to bring back that trophy we had three years ago,” Tobeck said. “We want to come together as a team and go as far as possible. We have a great brotherhood.”