Cougars get back on track, rout Cascade 50-7
ROACHDALE — It’s not often that you see two teams meet twice in the same regular season but that was the case as the Cascade Cadets (2-7, 2-3 WIC) traveled to North Putnam (6-3, 2-3 WIC) in a showdown for seventh place in the Western Indiana Conference on senior night to take on the Cougars.
Like the first meeting, North Putnam won, but this time it was more comfortable, 50-7.
“The ‘Dirty Dozen’ we call them (seniors),” North Putnam head coach Greg Barrett said. “I have 12 of them and they have been in this program and they understand what it takes to win and helped us get it going again in the right direction. I am very proud of all of them. They work hard and that is why we are where we are. They really buy in.”
Senior night got off with a bang as junior signal caller Hayden Rudes hooked up with senior Corbin Judy on a 47-yard touchdown to give the Cougars the early lead at 6-0, just 1:25 into the game.
On the ensuing Cadet possession, junior Ethan Christy forced a fumble three plays in which was recovered by senior Solomon Gross. After a Rudes 20-yard scramble, a few runs, and a holding penalty the Cougars struck again. This time Rudes found senior Max Haste for a 14-yard touchdown pass which Haste broke some tackles to make it in.
Twenty seconds later, the Cougars put two points up on the board. Cascade had some trouble with the kickoff and 3 penalties later a host of Cougars tackled the quarterback in the end zone to extend the lead to 15-0 with 7:20 left in the first quarter.
Haste found the end zone again on the ensuing drive with a five-yard plunge to bring the score to 22-0 and out of reach for the Cadets.
“It was huge,” Barrett said. “We want to start fast and efficient and we have been preaching it. We need to take advantage of having the ball and I was very proud with how we did that tonight.”
Less than a minute into the next quarter Cascade scored its only touchdown of the game as quarterback Chase Edwards found Tanner Fox for a 38-yard touchdown on fourth down.
The rest of the quarter was all Cougars as Judy ran one in for his second touchdown of the game and Gross put some points up as well on a 26-yard run to end the scoring in the first half and send it to halftime at 36-7.
In the third quarter, it was all Cougars as Gross powered his way in from 15 yards out for his second touchdown and Christy put up the last score of the game with a 37-yard scamper down the left sideline.
The Cougars outgained the Cadets 100-5 in the third quarter on just 13 plays to the Cadets’ 17.
This was the story of the game, as the Cougar offense was motoring and the Cadet offense was being stifled.
Rudes had one of his best games of the year as quarterback, throwing for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
“He did a great job,” Barrett said. “He has made huge strides the last three weeks. He is doing a good job and we have a lot of kids out there that played a lot last year and they are doing a good job of getting the younger kids to buy in.”
The Cougars will host Paoli (4-5, 4-1 PLC) next week, and coach Barrett knows the sectional rematch will be a tough task.
Cascade 0 7 0 0 — 7
North Putnam 22 14 14 0 — 50
NP — Judy 47 pass from Rudes (kick failed) 6-0, Q1 10:35.
NP — Haste 14 pass from Rudes (Hayes kick) 13-0, Q1 7:40.
NP — Safety 15-0, Q1 7:20.
NP — Haste 5 run (Hayes kick) 22-0, Q1 3:35.
C — Fox 38 pass from Edwards (Deurloo kick) 22-7, Q2 11:10.
NP — Judy 5 run (Hayes kick) 29-7, Q2 6:25.
NP — Gross 26 run (Hayes kick) 36-7, Q2 3:55.
NP — Gross 15 run (Hayes kick) 43-7, Q3 5:50.
NP — Christy 37 run (Hayes kick) 50-7, Q3 2:35.
First Downs 8 15
Rushes-yards 40-90 34-232
|Passing Yards 70 127|
Comp-Att-Int 7-18-1 9-15-1
|Total Offense 160 359||Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0|
|Penalties-Yards 11-72 6-70|
Rushing — Cascade: Tanner Fox 17-43, Chase Edwards 11-9, Jason Mantooth 4-23, Dalton Butler 7-6 Noah Mourey 1-4. North Putnam: Ethan Christy 7-68, Corbin Judy 6-4, Solomon Gross 5-50, Hayden Rudes 4-21, Dylan Arnold 3-21, Aidan Baker 3-3, Max Haste 2-16, Jordan Pope 2-4 Chris Murray 1-23, Luke Mitchel 1-7, Duke Duff 1-17, Lucious Alexander 1-(-2), Ethan Davies 1-2.
Passing — Cascade: Edwards 7-18-1 70. North Putnam: Rudes 9-13-2 127, Ethan Davies 0-2-0 0.
Receiving — Cascade: Noah Mourey 3-16, Tanner Fox 3-55, Jason Mantooth 1-(-1). North Putnam: Judy 4-84, Haste 2-32, Luke Mitchel 3-11.