11/7/2012 12:13:00 PM Big weekend for Cascade High School Sports
Photo by Bill Forhan
Tight end Gerardo Mendoza dances with the sideline after catching a pass from QB Austin Murdock. Momentum finally got the better of him and he drifted out of bounds but not before he had gotten a first down.
Photo by Bill Forhan
QB Austin Murdock (11) hands off to Noax Wood (33) who cuts through the hole created between Dennis Merritt and Jose Herrera (52). Wood was able to drive through the hole for another hard fought Kodiak first down.
By Bill Forhan
Three CHS teams qualified for state level competition this last weekend. The girls' volleyball team beat Freeman High School in three sets. The girl's Soccer team defeated Newport 1 - 0, and the Boys' football team beat Medical Lake 44 - 14. All must compete on the road this week.
The powerful Kodiak offense once again showed the power of their running attack, but Friday night's victory against Medical Lake goes mostly to the defense. The defense put the first points on the board, on the downhill side of an otherwise scoreless first quarter, with a safety. Then they kept the Cardinals scoreless well into the fourth quarter when the game was no longer in doubt and Coach Daley began substituting his younger players to give them game experience.
By the end of the game the Cardinals had produced only 213 yards of total offense. Nearly half of that, 102 yards, came in the last 8 minutes of the ballgame.
The Kodiak defense recorded 7 tackles for a loss of 13 yards and 3 quarterback sacks for a loss of 40 yards. Elijah Frazier was credited with one and a half sacks for 20 of those yards. On the night Frazier had 3 tackles and 4 assists. Linebacker Duncan Scott and Defensive Back Michael Allen were tied for the most tackles on the night each credited with 6 tackles and 2 assists.
For their part the offense began a scoring rally midway through the second quarter when sophomore Dennis Merritt broke free for a 53-yard scamper to the end zone. He followed it up 3 minutes later with a 40-yard dash. Elijah Nash tacked on another TD run with a minute and 36 seconds left on the clock. And after a short punt put the Kodiaks in great field position Fabian Alvarez caught a pass from QB Austin Murdock to put 6 more on the board with 22 seconds remaining before the half.
It was clear at the break that the Kodiaks were firmly in charge with a 30 to zero lead and a tough unyielding defense.
The Kodiaks put two more scores on the board late in the third period. The first on another breakaway run from Dennis Merritt for 54-yards and the second on a 5 play 42-yard drive capped off by a one yard run to pay dirt by Noax Wood.
Merritt carried the ball 7 times on the night for 186 yards and 3 TD's. He averaged 26.6 yards per carry. Elijah Nash carried the ball 11 times for 71 yards and 1 TD and Noax Wood carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards and 1 TD.
With the win the Kodiaks will move on to the first round of the state Class 1A football championships in a game against the Royal City Knights on Friday Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Royal City.