WATERTOWN — Before the gnats took over Robinson Stadium, Cascade seized control of Watertown's final home finale at the Purple Tigers' longtime home in a 42-6 thrashing Friday night.
The Purple Tigers' night began on the wrong foot when junior free safety Austin Brown was injured on the opening kickoff. Things got worse midway through the second quarter when senior quarterback Ty Jobe went down with what was believed to be a high ankle sprain, pending results of an X-ray.
Meanwhile, the Champions made themselves at home. Fullback Creed Rose rumbled for 110 yards on 14 carries [95 on 11 in the first half], including first-half touchdown runs on 3 and 8 yards. Quarterback Austin Hass scrambled 10 yards for a second-quarter touchdown and lobbed a 5-yard score to Nolan Barnes in the third quarter.
In addition, Ivan Spencer fielded a Seth Price punt at the Cascade 11-yard line and weaved his way through the Watertown coverage team for an 89-yard touchdown.
And finally, Price took a high snap in punt formation and ran, only to be stripped of the ball by Byron Hoffmeister, who returned it to the end zone for the Champions' final score.
"It didn't start out right for us," Watertown coach Gavin Webster. "We just had a lot of unfortunate things happen tonight. We had some injuries, had several penalties [seven for 71 yards], that's stuff we can work on to get better.
"First game usually always tell all. You figure out what you got to work on, see where you're at. Unfortunately, we got a lot to work on to get better."
On the bright side, Watertown's long-term future looks bright after freshman Devin High came in for Brown and classmate Price took over for Jobe. Jobe, who was victimized by some drops, completed 5 of 14 passes for 60 yards. Price hit 10 of 19 for 133 yards with an interception and a 28-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Dakota Self in the fourth quarter.
"Devin stepped in and made some plays," Webster said. "Seth Price came in and executes the offense pretty well for us.
"Seth's got a good head on his shoulders, good ballplayer. We feel fortunate to have a freshman who can come in and grasp the offense the way he does."
Watertown will hit the road next Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Eagleville
Cascade 42, Watertown 6
Cascade 7 21 14 0-42
Watertown 0 0 0 6-6
Cascade — Creed Rose 4 run [Trent Sutton kick], 4:32.
Cascade — Austin Hass 2 run [Sutton kick], 11:19.
Cascade — Rose 8 run [Sutton kick], 6:08.
Cascade — Ivan Spencer 89 punt return [Sutton kick], 3:58.
Cascade — Nolan Barnes 5 pass from Hass [Sutton kick], 6:52.
Cascade — Byron Hoffmeister 10 fumble return [Sutton kick], 3:22.
Watertown — Dakota Self 28 pass from Seth Price [kick failed], 7:45.
First downs 14 10
—rush 11 1
—passing 1 8
—penalty 2 1
Rushes-yards 33-218 17-26
Passing yards 193 5
Comp-Att-Int 15-33-1 1-3-0
Punts-avg. 2-34 5-31
Penalties-yards 3-20 7-71
Fumbles lost 0 1
RUSHING — Cascade: Creed Rose 14-110, Demonya Jones 1-[-2], Austin Hass 8-41, Ivan Spencer 7-59, Byron Hoffmeister 2-6, No. 32 1-4. Watertown: Luke Turner 4-3, Ty Jobe 7-9, Devin High 3-7, Seth Price 2-3, Skylor Scales 1-10.
PASSING — Cascade: Austin Hass 1-3-0-5. Watertown: Ty Jobe 5-14-0-60, Seth Price 10-19-1-133.
RECEIVING — Cascade: Nolan Barnes 1-5. Watertown: Devin High 3-20, Dakota Self 7-98, Brandon George 1-10, Luke Turner 1-11, Hunter Warren 1-42, Vonte Bates 1-2, Skylor Scales 1-10.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — None.