It started ugly for Nooksack Valley and ended worse as the Pioneers couldn’t keep up with Cascade Christian at Sunset Chev Stadium.
There’s nothing the Pioneers (2-1) could do to stop the Nisqually League Cougars Saturday night, Sept. 20, as Cascade Christian rolled to a 42-18 win on the backs of 358 yards on 44 carriers from their backs.
“They’re a really good team and they had us on our heels early,” Nooksack Valley head coach Robb Myhre said. “We’re a rhythm team, and they put us out of our rhythm early tonight.”
The Pioneers never were able to get comfortable as the Cougars’ Robert Tehrune lit up Nooksack Valley’s defense to the tune of 201 yards and three touchdowns (44, 1, 19 yards) on 15 carries.
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“Man that No. 4 (Terhune) is a player,” senior quarterback Tanner Myhre said. “He can run through tackles and he can make plays … we had a tough time stopping them tonight.”
Cascade Christian (3-0) opened up the scoring after Ramos scored on a 3-yard run after finding a hole behind his center. It was the start of 35 unanswered points for the Cougars.
On two possessions, Nooksack Valley drove deep into Cascade Christian territory. The first ended on turnover on downs at the Cougar 20-yard line. The second came in the closing second of the first half.
Each time, Cascade Christian’s intensity level increased to where the Pioneers could not match.
“They fly around out there and make plays where they need to,” Tanner said. “We just couldn’t match their speed out there … we have the speed to match them, but we didn’t do it tonight.”
On the second attempt in Cougar territory, Tanner drove Nooksack Valley to a first-and-goal on the 2-yard line.
After losing yards on back-to-back plays, the Pioneers got lucky on a fourth-and-goal as Tanner was picked off by Josh Seaton in the end zone. The call was reversed as Tanner was hit late by a Cougar rusher giving Nooksack Valley one more play before the half.
But again, the Pioneers were not able to match the Cougars’ intensity level as Tanner couldn’t find a receiver open as the half came to an end.
“We just did execute like we should out there,” Robb said. “They are a well-coached team and don’t make a lot of mistakes … we didn’t capitalize on our chances when we had them.”
Tanner finished with game-high in yards (191) and attempts (19 for 25) with two touchdowns.