Jaelin Goldsmith kept the Cascade Christian Cougars’ football season alive Saturday night.
With the outcome in the balance, the third-year starting quarterback scored on a 33-yard touchdown run with 25 seconds left in regulation and boosted Cascade Christian to a 28-21 victory against the Montesano Bulldogs in the first round of the Class 1A state tournament at Sunset Chev Stadium.
The Cougars survived two Hail Mary pass attempts to improve to 10-0. They will face the King’s Knights in a quarterfinal on Saturday night.
Cascade Christian head coach Randy Davis said Goldsmith’s touchdown run was a thing of beauty.
“Jaelin rolled to the right, cut back to the middle of the field and just made an incredible run,” Davis said. “They were playing four deep and were playing prevent, thinking we were going to throw the ball. Jaelin made a couple of guys miss and scored.”
Davis said the Cougars players believe in each other.
“There is never any doubt, and they expect to win,” he said. “Even when the game was tied tonight, our guys knew they were going to persevere. That kind of attitude comes from seeing what teams and players have done here in the past, and building on that tradition with the program.”
The Cougars overcame several miscues against Montesano.
“We put the ball on the ground seven times in the first half, but we still had a 14-7 lead at halftime,” Davis said. “It was a typical Cascade Christian-Montesano game. Every time we play each other, it’s a close game. You have to give Montesano a lot of credit. They have a great coaching staff, and they are always ready to play.”
In order to reach the state semifinals at the Tacoma Dome, Cascade Christian will have to beat King’s, which ended the Cougars’ season last year.
“We’re looking forward to playing against them,” Davis said. “We’re going to break down the film this week. They run a pretty balanced, 50-50, pass-run type of offense. They’ve got an awesome sophomore quarterback, Koa Wilkins, that we will have to be ready for.”