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10/24/2012 3:31:00 PM
Kodiaks come close in Pear Bowl, but lose to Cashmere 15-14
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Kodiak junior quarterback Austin Murdock set for the throw against Cashmere, in action at the Pear Bowl last Friday.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Kodiak junior quarterback Austin Murdock set for the throw against Cashmere, in action at the Pear Bowl last Friday.
Fabain Alvereswas named
Fabain Alveres
was named"Pear" of the game.

Ian Dunn

It was another classic Pear Bowl between Cascade and Cashmere last Friday night in Cashmere. The Cascade defense played an incredible game against the high powered Bulldogs, but in the end, the Kodiaks could not push across the winning score and lost 15-14.

"The defense has played well the past four or five weeks. They played well four quarters," said Elia Ala'ilima-Daley, Cascade head coach. "On offense, we could not finish some drive we felt we should have."

Last year, Cashmere beat Cascade 49-0. And the way the game started, it looked like another Bulldog rout. Cashmere quarterback Casey Reuther hit Ian Wood for a 44-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the first quarter. That capped a seven play, 79 yard drive. Later, Cashmere tailback Moe Roberts ran 29 yards for the score, capping a 4-play, 46 yard drive. On the extra point, the holder fumbled the ball, but was able to run it in for the two-point conversion.

After the first quarter, it was Cashmere 15, Cascade 0.

In the second quarter, Cascade marched 74 yards in three plays, as senior Fabian Alvarez went off right guard for the 14 yard touchdown run. The extra point failed.

At the half, it was Cashmere 15, Cascade 6.

In the third quarter, Cascade put together a six play, 68 yard drive for the touchdown, a Noax Wood one yard run. An Alvarez run helped on the two-point conversion made the score 15-14.

Neither team would score in the final quarter. Daley was frustrated his team could not get more points in the final frame.

"At the end of the game, we had a couple trick plays we missed on executing. We went back to the hook and ladder, but let it slip away," he said. "We could not finish drives in the third quarter. We were moving the ball pretty well."

That statistics show what an even game the two teams played. Cascade had 297 total yards, while Cashmere had 304. Cascade had 251 yards rushing and 46 passing. Cashmere had 250 yards rushing and 54 yards passing.

"I am pleased with how the boys played, but not satisfied with the result. We felt like we had an opportunity to win the game but let it slip away. We felt like we dominated three quarters of the game," he said. "We lost two years ago 31-7 and 49-0 last year. I would rather have a close game, but we are not satisfied cutting it close."

Alvarez led the Kodiaks with 142 yards rushing and one touchdown. Sophomore Dennis Merritt had 68 yards. Sophomore quarterback Austin Murdock was 3-for-6 passing for 38 yards.

Roberts led Cashmere with 117 yards and one touchdown. Junior quarterback Casey Ruether had 49 yard rushing, and was 2-for-6 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown.

On Defense, Merritt led the Kodiaks with 13 tackles.

"There were a lot of plays left on the field, if the call had gone our way, we would have had a good chance of winning it," he said. "Hopefully, we have another chance to play them, but it will take some effort on our part."

This Friday, Cascade (5-1, 5-2) plays their final regular season game against Brewster (0-6, 2-6). If Cascade beats Brewster, they would host a crossover game to get into the State Tournament. A goal for Daley was to get a top two seed in order to host a crossover game against a team from the NEA League.

"We've done everything to get those top two seeds into the crossover game. We've made dramatic improvements since our first game. We want to keep improving each week," he said. "There are some things we want to work on against Brewster. We will give everyone a chance to play. We are suiting up all our freshman for this game. Hopefully, we can stay healthy and focus on our crossover game opponent, either Freeman or Medical Lake."

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or

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