That’s because the Colonels wrapped up the 2014 season with a 46-14 victory over Southeast Whitfield Friday night at Cass High to finish the year 4-6.
“I’m real proud of the players,” Cass head coach Rick Casko said. “Winning the last game of the year, that’s what these kids will remember and that’s something they can really be proud of.”
Cass got off to a good start by scoring on its first offensive possession on a Chaz Rokins 4-yard run. Rokins ran for 41 yards on the 9-play, 77-yard drive.
Southeast would fumble on its next offensive drive when senior Keylon Woodard forced a fumble that fellow senior Kelin Wells picked up.
The offense could not punch the ball in after taking over from the 29-yard line, but did score three points when place kicker Pablo Dolores was able to convert on a 29-yard field goal.
In the second quarter, sophomore Jordan “Boo” Reed intercepted a Southeast pass. Boo and his brother, Justin, also teamed up for a sack in the first half.
However, Cass would end up having to punt on its next offensive possession and fumbled on another to keep the Raiders in the game.
Southeast would score just before the half on an 8-play, 46-yard drive to make the score 10-7 in Cass’ favor going into the locker room.
“We dominated the first half,” Casko said. “We just didn’t have the points. We gave them life.”
Cass came out the second half and scored on four of its first five possessions. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lowe hit Woodard on a 14-yard scoring play facing third-and-goal to make the score 17-7.
The drive featured 31- and 15-yard runs by Rokins. In total, the drive consisted of eight plays for 65 yards.
Rokins finished with 158 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns.
“I couldn’t do it without my lineman, all five of them,” Rokins said.
“Rokins had a lot of rushing room and Trevor Lowe did a fine job, but it helps that the offensive line did as well as they did,” Casko said.
After forcing a three-and-out, Cass got the ball back at Southeast’s 40-yard line. It took two plays for the Colonels to score as Rokins broke a couple of tackles and went 36 yards for the touchdown to take a 23-7 lead.
On the extra-point attempt, Cass faked the kick and Seth Hughes ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion and a 25-7 lead.
On Southeast’s next offensive possession, Justin Reed forced and recovered a fumble to give the Colonels the ball back. Lowe capitalized with a 5-yard touchdown run to make the score 32-7.
Southeast would add another touchdown off a Cass interception, but the Colonels would come right back on a touchdown of their own when Wells ran for a score on a third-and-goal from the 14-yard line.
Southeast’s next possession would end on Montavious Parker’s second sack of the day as Cass’ defense stepped up once again.
“Coach Hughes and all our coaches do a great job with the defense,” Casko said. “To get those turnovers, it definitely turns the game around. We’ve been on the other side and it’s cost us some games.”
Cass forced five turnovers on the game, including the last two Southeast offensive possessions. Wells intercepted a pass and returned it approximately 60 yards for the touchdown to make the score 46-14.
“I’m proud of the kids. They played extremely well,” Casko said. “I’m really proud of what we did offensively. We put up a lot of points. We challenged them and the kids did a very nice job.”