Pirates lose tough game to a top team

Nick Betz fends off a Cougar tackler near the end of Friday’s football game.  - Rik Forschmiedt Photo/
Nick Betz fends off a Cougar tackler near the end of Friday’s football game.
— image credit: Rik Forschmiedt Photo/

The 2010 state football champions, the Cascade Christian Cougars, brought their 60-player squad to Vashon last Friday and overwhelmed the younger, smaller Vashon team in a 55-12 win.

On the Cougars’ first drive, Vashon’s Peter Evans intercepted a Cascade pass, giving Vashon the ball. Cascade then intercepted a Vashon pass and drove for their first score, putting Cascade up 7 points.

Vashon’s next possession ended in a punt. Multiple player injuries punctuated the game, beginning with an injury to a Cascade player on the ensuing drive. Thought to have a broken leg, the player was taken to Harborview in an ambulance.

Shortly after, the Cougars scored again, bringing the score to 14-0. The Pirates again had to punt. Cascade continued to roll with their passing attack, scoring on a 50-yard touchdown pass, bringing the score to 21-0.

A Vashon fumble gave Cascade the ball, resulting in another touchdown. Vashon quarterback Nick Amundsen was hit in the ribs on the next possession and was out for a few plays but returned to the game. Cascade got the ball back with an interception scoring on another pass, and one more touchdown for Cascade brought the score 42-0 at halftime.

In the second half the Pirates began to move the ball with Garrett Starr catching three passes capped by an Ezra Ende touchdown for Vashon’s first points, bringing the score to 42-6. On the Cougars’ next drive they had another player injured, suffering what was thought to be a neck injury. The game was halted for about 45 minutes, until medics safely removed the player from the field, also transporting him to Harborview.

The Cougars scored again, making it 49-6. When the Pirates got the ball, Nick Betz raced for a 31-yard gain topped off with a Garrett Starr touchdown, making the score 49-12. Cascade ended the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown. The Pirates got the ball again and drove into Cascade territory, but time elapsed before they could score, and the final score was 55-12.

The Pirates will play Orting in an away game on Saturday, Oct. 1.


—Brian Brenno is the president of the Vashon Bounty Club.



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