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Champs refocus on Huntland

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Last week, the Cascade offensive line struggled to create opportunities for the Cascade running backs. This week the Champs will hopefully provide such opportunities and allow the Cascade run game to flourish.
(T-G File Photo by Chris Siers)
After a 3-0 start to the 2012 season, the Cascade Champions were finally dealt a tough loss on the road last week at Wayne County, 19-6.

The Champs (3-1, 1-0 9-A) had a rough go of it against the Wildcats, struggling to gain much momentum at all.

Following last week's loss, Champion coach Kenny Parker said his team struggled against on the road because the Champs struggled to become the aggressors on the field.


But following a week's worth of good practices, Parker feels the Champs have made the necessary adjustments to bounce back against Huntland this week.

"Our kids have had a lot better attitude this week. They've focused a lot better. I think you'll see a different group of young men hit the field on Friday night. We've learned now how not to underestimate our opponent," Parker said.

Turnovers plagued a struggling Cascade offense last week that only managed 203 total offensive yards. The Champs coughed the ball up four times, three of which came on fumbles as Cascade running backs were fighting for additional yardage.

"I feel like one of the reasons we had as many turnovers as we did was because we weren't the aggressors," Parker said.

Dakota Vaught has key part of the Champion offense. The junior running back not only has proven quick on his feet, but also helps take the pressure off teammate Creed Rose's run game.
(T-G File Photo by Chris Siers)

Champion quarterback Chandler Sulcer also had a pass picked off, but was a result of being hit as he was throwing the ball.

"A couple of them were just misfortunes and a couple of the fumbles we had were trying to get extra yards," Parker said.

But one area of concern for the Champion skipper was the offensive line. Having to start several sophomores, Cascade faced a defensive line full of bigger and more experienced players.

"We missed several assignments up front, but they (Wayne Co.) were the best line we've seen this season.

"We're starting a lot of sophomores up front. They were a little older than us and a little stronger than us. We just weren't mentally into it," Parker said.

Aiming at Hornets

Having refocused their efforts on district foes, the Champions have set their sights on the Huntland Hornets for Friday night's showdown.

So far this season, Cascade has utilized a strong run game thanks to the efforts of sophomore running back Creed Rose.

Last week, Rose was held in check with just 89 total yards on the ground to his credit. In the three previous games, Rose had piled up well over 500 yards, averaging over 7 yards per carry.

But the Cascade offensive threats don't rest entirely with Rose. Dakota Vaught has carried his share of handoffs for positive yardage this season. Freshman play caller Chandler Sulcer has also proved his value, stepping into a pivotal role following starter Baron Hoffmeister's ankle injury in week two.

He made good on 9-of-14 attempts last week for 127 yards.

Winless foes

While Cascade looks to improve to 2-0 in its 2012 district campaign, the Hornets are still searching for their first win of the season.

A big win on the road might just give the Champs the needed confidence to continue their quest for a district crown.

So far this season, Huntland has been outscored 146-35.

Cascade will get set for the opening kickoff on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Huntland.

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