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Eagleville invades 'the Stable' Friday as Cascade honors seniors

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Champion quarterback Chandler Sulcer has steadily improved his passing game week after week. Last week, he completed 12-of-17 passing attempts for 238 yards against Forrest.
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Last week, the Cascade Champions (6-3, 3-2 9-A) put showed signs of playing brilliantly, but inconsistency struck in overtime against the Forrest Rockets and Cascade eventually was defeated 33-27.

Shifting to this week, Cascade's attention turns to the Eagleville Eagles.

"I expect us to play a complete game. I expect us to make the routine plays we're supposed to make. Those are the ones we didn't make last week," said Cascade coach Kenny Parker.

Effective but limited

Against the Rockets, Champion running back Creed Rose ran the ball 12 times for 85 yards and scored twice, but was sidelined due to a lingering leg injury.

"He got stiff and we pulled him. Our plan is to play him, but we all have to pick up. We scored 27 points last week but we just didn't make a few plays," Parker said.

But even with Rose down, Cascade got big numbers from the freshman signal caller, Chandler Sulcer.

"We can't be a one-dimensional team. Chandler's game has stepped up and our receivers have stepped up," Parker said.

While a player sidelined is never a good thing, the Champion skipper feels there's a silver lining with Rose's limited availability.

Parker feels that when needed, the Champs can and will turn to other offensive production, and that helps make them a better team, according to Parker.

"By that happening it makes us a better offensive team. Last week's game we lost a nail biter. They (Forrest) lost eight offensive starers and six defensive starters. We lost all of ours last year. Our young guys are playing hard," he said.

Junior Jesse Barnes has been one of Sulcer's favorite targets this year.
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Sulcer delivers

While the Champions M.O. this season has been primarily a run-oriented offense, Sulcer showed last week just how well he can deliver through the air.

He completed 12-of-17 tries for 238 yards.

Dakota Vaught (32) will look to help share the load of the ground game in conjunction with running backs Creed Rose and Cody Smith. [Order this photo]
Even with Sulcer's accuracy, Parker feels his team still committed too many crucial mistakes.

"We've just got to overcome that. We're still playing our young guys, but were' making a few mistakes you cant make in crucial situations," he said.

Friday's game against Eagleville will present a similar situation with the young Champions facing a veteran-laden team.

And with last year's barn burner 20-19 loss to the Eagles still fresh in the Champions' mindset, Cascade has to be on point in order to pick up the win.

"We lost a close ball game to Eagleville last year. Eagleville is a lot like Forrest, they return a lot of starters," Parker said.

Balanced attack

Eagleville, however, presents a much more balanced approach than most teams Cascade has faced this year.

"They're very well-coached and very fundamentally sound. They play good offense and defense. They can run the ball and throw the ball. They have a good quarterback and a good receiver," Parker said.

While a loss does little to hurt the Champions' postseason hopes, a win essentially guarantees a first-round home game in the postseason.

"We could still possibly have one without a win, but a win guarantees us home field advantage and a little more momentum. We're definitely in, but it's just a matter of where we're going to be," Parker said.

The Champs kick off the regular season finale at 7 p.m. at the Stable tomorrow night.

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