Cass sends seniors off with win
by Chike Nwakamma
Nov 10, 2012 | 1909 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAFAYETTE — A winless season deprived last year’s seniors of a proper sendoff, but the Cass High class of 2013 football players made sure the same fate did not await them on Friday.

Instead, the Colonels’ seniors and the rest of their teammates completed a true bounce-back season, ending a four-game slide with a dominating 35-15 victory at LaFayette.

“… We said we had to go out with a win, and we did,” Cass coach Rick Casko said. “We made a couple of mistakes, but our kids played really hard and I think the kids focused and played for the seniors. … The kids know that they played well together; the seniors were happy, they leave with a victory; and it’s what you need to do. You don’t want to lose your last one … ”

Despite an early deficit following a safety by the Ramblers (1-9), the Colonels (5-5) never looked as if they would enter the offseason with a five-game losing streak. Brandon Etheridge and the Cass offense scored four straight times, with the defense setting up two of those scores.

Following a fumble recovery by Cass at the LaFayette 32-yard line, a 15-yard completion from Etheridge to Kelin Wells on fourth-and-9 kept the drive alive, and the Colonels scored when Chris Morton hauled in a screen pass and raced 17 yards to paydirt. Pablo Delores kicked the extra point as Cass grabbed a 7-2 lead with 5:02 to play in the first quarter.

The Colonels’ second touchdown also came with the benefit of excellent field position after Rambler punter Joe Clayton dropped a high snap and was tackled at his team’s 25.

As Cass took possession near the red zone, Etheridge quickly hit Jordan Cothron and Wells for back-to-back first down passes, getting the ball down to the 2-yard line. From there, Chaz Rokins bulled his way into the end zone to give the Colonels a 14-2 lead in the second quarter.

LaFayette continued to add to its woes on its ensuing possession as quarterback Alize Woodall uncorked a badly overthrown ball that was intercepted by Cass’s Letrize Thompson, who returned the ball 18 yards to the Rambler’s 12-yard line.

On their third snap, which followed a holding call that backed them up to the 15, Etheridge eluded danger from the LaFayette defense, which chased him out the backfield. The junior signal-caller turned a potential loss into more points for the Colonels, who led 21-2 after Delores’s third extra point.

With the Ramblers avoiding a turnover on their next possession, Cass had to start its final scoring drive of the first half at its own 45. The Colonels showed that having to drive a few extra yards was no obstacle as the coaching staff again dialed up a screen pass for Morton. The sophomore receiver pulled in Etheridge’s throw and began his 45-yard march toward the end zone, one that was aided by a crushing block by Wells.

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