The Cascade Christian Cougars are back in the Class 1A state playoffs after a one-year hiatus.
Cascade Christian (9-0 overall) throttled the Charles Wright Tarriers 48-14 on Saturday night in the Nisqually League Championship game at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Cougars head coach Randy Davis said his team was thrilled with the result after last season’s finish.
“It was big for these guys,” Davis said of his players. “All week long, the guys talked about taking back what belongs to you, but I reminded the team it didn’t belong to you, it belonged to the other guys in the program who came before you. They wanted to win a league title of their own and carry on that tradition. We did it tonight.”
The Cougars will host a playoff game against a to-be-determined opponent on Nov. 15 or Nov. 16 at Sunset Chev Stadium. Davis said his team likely will face Montesano or Woodland.
Cascade Christian running back Riley Ramos scored three rushing touchdowns Saturday, and quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith had four scores — three passing — in the win against Charles Wright.
Goldsmith connected with tight end Mason Tobeck on two beautifully thrown 25-yard touchdown tosses on post-corner routes.
Cougars wide receiver Marshall Coleman hauled in 3-yard scoring pass from Goldsmith in the second quarter.
Davis said the Goldsmith-Tobeck connection has been potent all year.
“We could have hit that corner route several times,” Davis said. “They didn’t want to cover that too much.”
Ramos said Cougars offensive coordinator Brian Flattum instituted a gameplan that paid off.
“Coach (Brian) Flattum really has got it all dialed up and knows exactly what the other team tries to do defensively and where their players are going to be,” Ramos said. “They’ve got me and (Robert) Terhune going with up the middle and outside running game. We had good play-action passes with Jaelin (Goldsmith) to Mason (Tobeck) all day long.”
Davis said the Cougars’ defense got back on track after it went through a bit of a lull late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter.
Charles Wright unveiled a 18-play drive that chewed 8:18 off the clock before Tarriers running back Alexander Moore scored on a 3-yard run with 4:45 left in the second quarter to cut Cascade Christian’s lead to 14-7.
Moore scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 11:02 left in the third quarter to pull within 21-14.
The Cougars didn’t allow another score for the rest of the night.
“They (Charles Wright) hit us in the mouth, and we responded,” Davis said.
Ramos said his team is anticipating the state tournament.
“This is why we are here,” he said. “We’re here for each other and are a brotherhood. We have been working hard for this. Our coaches always tell us the most important game is the game you have in front of you. That’s what we’ve been doing this whole time and is what we do.”