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Cascade Christian clamps down on La Pine – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

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Make no bones about it, Cascade Christian was pinning its hopes on its stout group of linemen setting the tone during Friday night’s Class 3A football state quarterfinal against La Pine at Spiegelberg Stadium.

But a 492-89 advantage in total yardage for the second-seeded Challengers?

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that frontline group most certainly responded against the No. 7 Hawks.

Cascade Christian pushed La Pine out of its comfort zone on offense and Keith Reed dialed up three touchdown passes to complement a steady run game as the Challengers had no trouble in securing a 49-6 win over the visiting Hawks.

“The guys up front — Liam Benade, Daniel Nering, Jaxson Turituri, Matthew Moses — that’s where you win the game,” said Cascade Christian head coach Jon Gettman. “And with our linebackers, they just filled the gaps and really took away their game.”

La Pine (9-2) ran 24 times for 34 yards overall and senior quarterback Colton Campbell was pressured into 4-for-12 passing for 55 yards with two interceptions and one fourth-quarter touchdown.

“That’s the game we wanted to get into,” added Gettman. “We wanted to force them to pass the ball and do some things that maybe they’re not as comfortable doing. They’ve been running the ball and been really successful with it all year, so it was good to see the kids up front really respond.”

With the dominant win, Cascade Christian was able to push its unblemished record to 11-0 and secure the program’s first trip to the state semifinal round since finishing runner-up in 2018 — a season after the Challengers earned their third state title in school history.

“It’s awesome and it’s exciting to see,” Gettman said of his team’s advancement. “It’s just a blessing to be with the kids and exciting. It seems like it’s been a long time for us (to reach the semifinals). It’s awesome to be on the ride with these kids.”

Cascade Christian will next face sixth-seeded Dayton (9-2), which dominated No. 3 South Umpqua for a 53-13 win in Friday’s quarterfinals. Site for next Friday’s semifinal is still to be determined, but a likely destination is Cottage Grove.

The other 3A semifinal will pit No. 4 Banks against the winner of Saturday’s contest between No. 1 Kennedy and No. 8 Vale.

Cascade Christian mounted a very promising opening drive but bogged down inside the 10-yard line. On fourth-and-goal from the 3, the Challengers opted for a little trickery on a reverse pass attempt by Ashton Moody but Peyton Maurer was unable to haul the floater in as La Pine cornerback Tyson Flack pried it loose for a turnover on downs.

The game took a disheartening turn not long after when La Pine junior linebacker Chase Campbell went down to a leg injury and had to be carted off the field in what turned into a 40-minute delay.

When action returned with 2:05 to go in the first quarter, Reed slipped a screen pass to Triston Wallace and he got a key turnback block by Benade and raced 40 yards into the end zone.

“That was tough for them,” noted Gettman. “You lose a kid like that who’s a big part of your team and when we come out to score right away, for us that’s a big burst but for them it’s definitely hard to overcome. He’s a good player for them.”

Cascade Christian doubled its advantage early in the second quarter when Kameron Rague tucked inside a nice clearing block by Turituri and raced untouched 29 yards into the end zone.

La Pine was able to creep as far as the Cascade Christian 21-yard line later in the second quarter but suffered successive double-digit losses to ultimately face a fourth-and-34. The Hawks’ three big losses were created by good coverage downfield by the Challengers and a relentless push up front to put Colton Campbell under duress.

The Challengers were seemingly pinned too far back to create a scoring threat thereafter with three minutes remaining until halftime on their own 9-yard line, but nothing could have been further from the truth.

Rague burst through the line for a 9-yard gain on first down, and then Brody Sample turned a quick sideline pass into an 82-yard score as he slipped an initial tackle and found nothing between him and the end zone but open field.

“Brody’s been a big player for us all year,” said Gettman. “A lot of the key games and important times, he’s been the guy to make a play. A little hitch and he makes one guy miss and he’s off to the races. That’s what he’s been great about all year.”

Thanks to more solid play by the defense, the Challengers actually had two more chances to score before intermission but one series was negated by a Troy Shipman interception and, after Sample recovered a fumble, the final play of the half from the La Pine 27 saw Reed’s arm hit as he was trying to find Drew Hall down the middle of the field.

Cascade broke the game open for good with a 22-0 surge in the third quarter that saw Wallace add a 5-yard score, Reed connect with Hall for a 23-yard TD and Rague dart 16-yards to paydirt.

Rague finished with 12 carries for 130 yards, while Reed completed 11 of 18 passes for 291 yards with three TDs and two interceptions. Sample led all receivers with 107 yards on four catches.

“I thought Keith was comfortable in the pocket and he gave guys chances to make plays,” said Gettman. “The interceptions he threw, those are shots that we wanted to take. Teams are going to try to stack the box with the running game we have — and Kam and Triston did another great job — so there’s going to be shots and we’ve just got to capitalize on those. I thought Keith did a great job of stepping up in the pocket and delivering the ball tonight.”

La Pine avoided a shutout when Dawson Cook hauled in a 5-yard pass with 9 1/2 minutes to play during a running clock. The Challengers answered with a drive that was capped by a 4-yard TD run by backup quarterback Caleb Scaglione.

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CC — Wallace 40 pass from Reed (Hoffman kick)

CC — Rague 29 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — Sample 82 pass from Reed (pass failed)

CC — Wallace 5 run (Hoffman kick)

CC — Hall 23 pass from Reed (Wallace run)

CC — Rague 16 run (Hoffman kick)

L — Cook 5 pass from Co. Campbell (run failed)

CC — Scaglione 4 run (Hoffman kick)

Reach sports editor Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@rosebudmedia.com or via Twitter @Kris_Henry

Cascade Christian’s Brody Sample fights for extra yards against La Pine during the 2nd quarter at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Cascade Christian’s Peyton Maurer runs for a first down against La Pine during the 1st quarter at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Cascade Christian’s Kameron Rague runs for a score against La Pine during the 2nd quarter at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Cascade Christian’s Ashton Moody stops La Pine’s Dawson Cook during the 2nd quarter at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Cascade Christian’s Tyler Almasy runs for a first down against La Pine during the 1st quarter at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Cascade Christian’s Drew Hall makes a catch for a first down against La Pine during the 2nd quarter at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Cascade Christian’s Kameron Rague runs for a score against La Pine during the 2nd quarter at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]





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