High expectations loom for Cascade Christian squad

Cougars will rely on senior leadership this fall

Staff writerJune 18, 2014 

Cascade Christian Cougars defensive back Rudy Tracy makes a leaping interception in front of Jaelin Goldsmith in a defensive backs drill on June 10.

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Year in and year out, the Cascade Christian High football program has proven itself to be one of best teams in the 1A classification.

Cougars head coach Randy Davis, who has amassed 102 career victories in 10 years with the program, said the wins are a byproduct of the work put in by the Cascade Christian coaching staff and players. The Cougars have appeared in four state championship games, winning a Class 1A state title in 2010.

“It is a reflection of not only the staff we have here at the high school level, but the coaching staff at the junior high level, too,” Davis said. “They run the offenses and defenses that we run. It’s a total buy-in by the coaches and players, and that is very satisfying.”

Senior starting quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith, who has been the starter since the third game of his freshman season in 2011, said winning the 1A state football title at the Tacoma Dome in December is his team’s aspiration.

“The goal for us every season is to play together as long as we can, and be the best team we can,” he said. “Our goal is to get back to and win the state championship. We have the mindset that we never let expectations or the bar drop. We have that in the back of our heads as we train and practice. We have the mentality that we have to do this. It’s a must for this season.”

Senior linebacker/tight end Mason Tobeck agreed with Goldsmith’s sentiment.

“I know everyone on the team doesn’t expect anything less than state,” Tobeck said. “That’s our goal. We got close last year and had our hearts broken in the semis.”

Mount Baker defeated Cascade Christian, 31-28, in the 1A semifinals last December, handing the Cougars their lone loss of the season. Goldsmith said the entire senior class is exuding its leadership at spring practice sessions.

“We have a good mesh of guys,” he said. “We want to reflect the purposes that the coaches have for this team, so that when the young guys are seniors, they can do the same thing. Each year our team gets stronger and stronger, and we know what the coaches expect of us.”

Davis said Goldsmith is a tireless worker and does everything he can to make himself and his teammates better.

“He is like another coach on the field,” Davis said. “Jaelin sees things, makes adjustments and is one of those players who is never satisfied. He is in the top five of strongest guys on the team and is the fastest kid on the team.”

Tobeck said Goldsmith’s leadership style is motivating for the entire program.

“Jaelin is an emotional guy, a loud guy and you always hear him,” Tobeck said. “He is never negative and is always so positive.”

The Cougars also return running backs Riley Ramos and Robert Terhune this fall. Davis said playmaker Bryce Powers will finally see the field after suffering injuries that derailed his ability to get on the field the past two seasons. Powers will play wide receiver and defensive back.

“We are excited for Bryce,” the coach said. “He has had the injury bug the past two years but we’re looking for big things out of him this year on both sides of the ball. He has got to be on the field as much possible. He is that good.”

Tobeck said the Cougars have an array of athletes who can makes plays on both sides of the ball.

“We have so many weapons it’s going to be hard for defenses to game-plan,” he said. “It could be me having 100 yards receiving, Robert (Terhune) running for two touchdowns or Jaelin running for two touchdowns. You just never know where it’s going to come from. On defense, you never know who is going to make the big sack or the big interception. We are just all over the field.”

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