HUNTLAND — Forced turnovers and a substantial second quarter performance boosted the Cascade Champions (2-2) to a dominant 31-0 victory over the Huntland Hornets (0-3) on the road Friday …
HUNTLAND — Forced turnovers and a substantial second quarter performance boosted the Cascade Champions (2-2) to a dominant 31-0 victory over the Huntland Hornets (0-3) on the road Friday night.
“The game plan was the same as it is every week, we just played well tonight,” Champions head coach Jake Tyre said.
“We won the turnover battle. Our special teams played well with the blocked punt for a touchdown and we pinned them back deep a few times. Our guys executed the game plan we set out and it was a good game.”
With nine minutes and 17 seconds left in the second quarter, quarterback Xamarion Dixon crossed the goal line from three yards away for Cascade’s first score of the game, but a missed extra point left the Champions with a 6-0 lead.
Dixon totaled 81 yards for the game.
Less than a minute later, senior Taylor Dowell fired off the line to block the Hornets’ punt, and the Champions recovered the ball in the end zone for their first special teams touchdown of the season to increase their lead to 12-0.
Dowell came up with another significant defensive play on the following drive when he recovered a fumble to give the ball back to Cascade’s offense.
One play later, running back Joel Anthony took a handoff moving across the Champions formation, and hoisted the football down field to a wide open Hayden Dowell for a 64-yard touchdown connection.
Cascade missed another extra point which left them with an 18-0 advantage.
The Champions forced their second fumble of the game 12 seconds later but couldn’t find the end zone for a final time before the end of the half.
Much like in the first half, the Champions controlled the football for the majority of the third quarter as they forced two more fumbles and scored their final two touchdowns of the game.
Running back Connor Huie put points on the board first for Cascade in the second half when he rushed in from six yards away to make it a 24-0 ballgame with just under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Huie also recovered a fumble on the next Huntland possession.
After a steady drive down the field, Cascade and Anthony struck once more with a 10-yard rushing touchdown to bring the game to its final score of 31-0 after a successful extra point.
Anthony carried the ball five times on the night for the Champions for a total of 54 yards to go along with his 64 yards through the air on his lone passing attempt.
“I’ve been on him (Anthony) a lot, but he came out tonight and played how he should play,” Tyre said. “He’s a good athlete and ballplayer. He just has to put it all together.”
The Champions totaled 319 yards of offense against the Hornets with 195 of those yards being on the ground.
Cascade will be back at home next week for a Region 5-AA matchup against the undefeated Richland Raiders at 7 p.m.
Cascade 0 18 13 0 — 31
Huntland 0 0 0 0 — 0
C — Xamarion Dixon 3 run, (kick failed), 9:17.
C — Blocked punt recovered by Cascade, (2 pt. failed), 8:09.
C — Hayden Dowell 64 pass from Joel Anthony, (kick failed), 5:15
C — Connor Huie 6 run, (2 pt. failed), 8:57.
C — Anthony 10 run, (Issac Chapa kick), 2:43.
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