CLOVERDALE — A turnover doomed Cascade in the Cadets’ only loss this season. They made up for it Friday night, as they had three takeaways against Cloverdale en route to a 48-19 victory.
Cascade coach Jason Thompson said winning the turnover battle had a huge impact. Offensively, the coaching staff preaches ball security.
“That says a lot about our kids being disciplined and trying to take care of the ball,” Thompson said. “We scored off of two of them, so that definitely was helpful.”
Cascade improved to 4-1, as running back Zac Butler rushed for 175 yards on 26 carries, including 137 yards on 18 rushes in the first half.
Cascade scored in each phase of the game.
Zach Batts returned Cloverdale’s only punt of the first half 47 yards for a score, despite it bouncing off a blocker at the 20-yard line to give Cascade a 21-7 lead.
On Cloverdale’s next possession, Batts recovered a fumble and returned it 30 yards for his second touchdown.
Cascade led 28-13 at halftime. The intermission bookended scoring drives by Cloverdale, as the Clovers drove 70 yards on seven plays to open the second half. Though the two-point conversion failed, Cloverdale was within nine points.
On its next drive, Cascade answered. Though quarterback Sawyer Donovan fumbled the snap, the ball fell to his feet and, from six inches away, he scored his second rushing touchdown.
Cascade played opportunistic defense on its next possession. On first down, defensive lineman Lukas Stoutenour deflected a pass into the air, and Butler returned it 25 yards for a TD.
“Lucas will want zero credit for that,” Thompson said. “He’s a good senior leader. He’s a guy I lean on a lot. If I asked him, ‘Do you think that was a big deal?’ He’d probably tell me no. That says a lot about Lukas as a kid. He wants to win football games.”
Cascade held Cloverdale’s option offense in check, as it did last Friday against Clinton Central.
Batts said the defense only made a few tweaks here and there.
“Last week, they ran a similar style offense,” he said. “We pretty much mastered it last week.”