MEDFORD -- Within the first few minutes of the game, it was obvious: Cascade Christian was set to dominate yet another opponent. Their latest blowout, a 57-8 win over sixth-ranked Scio, pushed them into the state semifinals.
In the quarterfinals at Medford's U.S. Cellular Field, the Challengers scored on their first possession after a Kiegan Schaan to Kristian Fralich third and 20 conversion jump started the offense. John Fralich finished it off by plucking a Schaan pass out of the sky for the score.
Scio's offense struggled to move the ball with their run-heavy philosophy, mustering just two first downs in the first half. The Challengers routinely forced the Loggers into three and outs and converted on the other end. Schaan found sophomore Kristian Fralich on a screen pass that went the distance that put the Challengers up 14-0.
After that, they put it in cruise control. Schaan found the youngest Fralich for another touchdown before running back Luke Smith added a pair of touchdown runs to give the Challengers a 35-0 halftime lead. By the final whistle, the Challengers topped the Loggers by seven scores, 57-8, yet another dominant win in the midst of a nine-game winning streak.
During the streak, their "closest" game was a 52-20 win over Harrisburg, the win that started the current streak. They beat that same Harrisburg team by 36 in the first round of the playoffs a week ago.
With the offense clicking on all cylinders, averaging 54 points a game over their nine-game winning streak, it's going to be hard for anyone to stop the defending champs. The winner of second-ranked Amity and 10th-ranked Nyssa will have to try. Those two teams square off Saturday afternoon for the right to take on the Challengers.
Now, Cascade Christian stands just two wins away from repeating as state champions.
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