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Football: Cascade returns to state

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2005 by Gene Dales

Saturday, November 5, 2005

Football: Cascade returns to state

By John Boyle
Seattle Times
staff reporter

SAMMAMISH — Cascade coach Jake Huizinga has a message for the Bruins players and coaches from the 1990s.

"Cascade is back," said the fourth-year coach, who was an assistant at Cascade when the Bruins went to state for 10 consecutive seasons from '89 to '98, winning a state title in 1991. "I'm telling all those Bruins from back then that we're back, and we're going to make them proud."

Indeed, they would be proud after Friday night's game.

The Bruins cliched their first state berth since 1998, coming from behind to beat Eastlake 34-28 in a loser-out game at Eastlake High School.

The upset of the 10th-ranked Wolves was all the more impressive because early in the game, the Bruins looked done.

Their offense was stagnant and Eastlake was scoring at will on the way to a quick 14-0 lead. Every indicator pointed to Cascade's season ending on a cold night on the Sammamish Plateau.

Then, in the second quarter, momentum did an abrupt 180, and the Bruins scored 21 points before halftime and 34 consecutive overall.

J.P. Oliver led the turnaround for the Bruins, rushing for 50 yards and three scores in the second quarter. The 5-foot-9, 220-pound senior finished with 125 yards on 24 carries to go along with an interception on defense. He also recovered Eastlake's final onside kick attempt to seal the win.

"We were never worried," said Oliver. "We knew that we'd been down in that kind of situation before, and we knew that if we came back and fought as a team that we could do it."

Cascade (7-3) plays the winner of tonight's game between Edmonds-Woodway (8-1) and Battle Ground (2-7) in the first round of the state playoffs. Eastlake, which started the season 8-0, ends the year at 8-2.

After allowing scores on the first two drives, the Cascade defense dominated Eastlake, stuffing the running game and intercepting five passes. Senior defensive back Evan Crawford had four picks.

"We just made too many mistakes with penalties and turnovers," Eastlake coach Gene Dales said.

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