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Challengers Beat Nyssa for 3A Title

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BEND, Ore. — Cascade Christian dominated from start to finish as the Challengers won their first football state championship since 2006 with a 41-6 win over Nyssa in Saturday’s championship game.

The Challengers were led on offense by Seth Knox, who completed 21 of 27 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns. Cody Parker accounted for 183 yards of total offense and three touchdowns (one rushing, two receiving) in the Challengers win. Cascade Christian jumped out to an early lead when Knox connected with David Sellers for a 16 yard touchdown in the first quarter. The Challengers would add two more touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 20-0 at halftime.

Little changed after the break though, as Nyssa didn’t score its only touchdown until the fourth quarter. Cascade Christian punctuated the win with Matt Miller’s fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the fourth.

Cascade Christian had failed to win a state title in the past five seasons, despite making it as far as the semifinals each year. It’s the schools first state championship since beating Bonanza 27-18 in 2006.