Top-ranked Cascade Christian takes down energetic Pirate football squad

Nick Amundsen, number three, sprints to a touchdown.  - Linda Henley/Staff Photo
Nick Amundsen, number three, sprints to a touchdown.
— image credit: Linda Henley/Staff Photo

For The Beachcomber

It was obvious to everyone waiting for the Pirate-Cougar matchup to begin that Friday night football has again become a rallying point for high-school spirit on Vashon.

The cheerleading squad arrived on campus riding in a string of vintage convertibles. The Home Game Parade from Ober Park to the high school stadium is a revived Pirate tradition that dates back to the 1960s. In drenching rain, the crowd of enthusiastic, umbrella-wielding Pirate fans filled the stands ready to support their team.

As Cascade Christian ran onto the field, it was clear the Cougar team was a large one, both in numbers and the size of players. Cascade only needed the first five plays of scrimmage to prove that it would be a long night for the Pirates.

The Cougars easily moved through an outweighed Pirate defense for a 7-0 lead with 10:07 still left to play in the first quarter. Their early score foreshadowed the first half ahead on Vashon High School’s field. In the first two quarters of the game, Cascade Christian’s offense was so large and efficient that it scored on all six possessions.

It seemed that Vashon’s momentum might swing in their favor when Pirate Winter Krimmert had the first breakaway run for 34 yards late in the second quarter, but an interception once again returned Cascade to a strong field position. The Pirates answered back with an interception by Evan Anderson, but with 9 seconds left in the half, little could be done to tip the balance. The Pirates headed into the locker room with the Cougars ahead, 42-0.

The second half was a much more balanced matchup as the Pirates faced Cascade’s second string. Although off to a rocky start with another Cougar score followed by a Vashon fumble, the Pirate defense rallied and Cascade’s Cougars never scored again.

Linebacker Ian McWhirter amped up his strong defensive game, making multiple key tackles. Late in the third quarter, Owen Brenno charged through the Cougar line, sacking Cascade’s quarterback.

As the fourth quarter started, Ezra Ende moved forward with a solid 19-yard run. Sam Schoenberg’s pass to Evan Anderson finally put Vashon on the scoreboard.

After the kickoff, Cascade attempted to move the ball beyond midfield, but was stopped short by repeated tackles by Logan Nelson. On a key play, Winter Krimmert blitzed through the line, pulling down the Cascade running back behind the line of scrimmage. A final touchdown run by Vashon’s Nick Amundsen brought the Pirates up to 14.

Although disappointed by the 49-14 loss, Pirate fans came away impressed with how Vashon held up against the number two ranked 1A high school in the state.

Head coach Kelvin Goliday said that going into the evening, the Pirates knew Cascade was a strong team and they needed to have a mistake-free game.

“It was a great learning experience for us, and I am proud of the way our guys didn’t quit after a not so productive first half,” he said.

Vashon will travel to Eatonville on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Eatonville Cruisers.

— Cheryl Cochrane is the mother of a Pirate football player.

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