Mason Tobeck changed everything for the Cascade Christian Cougars on Saturday night.
Tobeck caught a third-quarter screen pass from quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith and maneuvered his way down the left sideline for a backbreaking 76-yard touchdown, and Cascade Christian cruised past the King’s Knights 37-13 in the Class 1A state quarterfinals at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline.
The Cougars (11-0) advance to play Mount Baker in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. The winner will play for the state championship the following weekend.
As Cascade Christian clung to a 12-7 lead early in the third quarter, Tobeck said the Cougars’ coaching staff saw an opening and knew how to exploit it. The screen pass busted the game open.
“We had been setting it up,” Tobeck said. “We knew they were coming hard upfield on their pass rush, so we knew it was going to be there, so we threw it. I stiff-armed the first guy, and my offensive line did a fantastic job of getting there and getting on the blocks, and I just took off down the field.”
Cascade Christian head coach Randy Davis said the screen pass has been in the playbook all year long, but they hadn’t called it much prior to Saturday night.
“We caught them by surprise there,” Davis said. “There was one key block that sprung him.”
Cascade Christian outscored King’s 19-6 in the final 22 minutes, and the Cougars put the clamps on talented quarterback Koa Wilkins with four interceptions. Safety Josh Seaton had two picks, and Jackie Wood and Tobeck had one apiece.
“Our defense played lights-out,” Davis said. “We rose up tonight and came out and played physical. That is what it takes to beat a team like that.”
Cascade Christian scored four rushing touchdowns. Goldsmith had two in the second half, and Hunter Austin and Riley Ramos each scored on runs in the first half.
Davis said Mount Baker will present a challenge this weekend.
“They are big, and they are physical,” he said. “They go to the same team camp that we go to in the summer in Wenatchee. They have a great team. We will have our hands full next week.”