Second quarter surge lifts Cascade over Monti

Tate Petersen works to escape a tackle after making a catch in the Panthers’ season-opening game at Cascade Aug. 26. (Photo by Pete Temple)

Adrian Graves (in white) brings down Cascade quarterback Will Hosch for a sack in Friday’s game.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

   Three big plays in a second quarter span of 7:05 resulted in three Cascade touchdowns, and that was all the Cougars needed to hand a tough loss to the Monticello High School football team on opening night.

   Cascade took a 21-7 halftime lead, and held off a late Panther rally to win 21-13 Aug. 26 in Cascade.

   Two of those second quarter plays were touchdowns runs of 68 and 39 runs by Cascade senior Jack Menster, who finished with 159 yards on 15 carries.

   “Menster is a really good player,” Monticello coach Wes Wilson said. “He runs hard and is tough to tackle. We had a couple of misalignments that gave up those runs. Besides those two run, our defense played really well all night.”

   The two teams traded punts to start the game, but on Monticello’s second possession, it put together a 12-play, 74-yard drive for the first score of the season, a six-yard run around the left side by Preston Ries. Christian Castillo kicked the extra point to give Monticello a 7-0 lead with 1:55 left in the opening quarter.

   Cascade tied it when a pass was tipped at the line and intercepted by Will Hosch, who raced 45 yards for a touchdown with 10:04 left in the first half.

   Then came Menster’s two runs, the first on the opening play of Cascade’s next possession, for 68 yards, with 8:55 left in the half. Monticello punted again, and the Cougars drove 84 yards in nine plays, the last of those a 39-yard scoring run by Menster.

   Cascade led 21-7 at halftime.

   Neither team scored in the third quarter. Midway through the fourth, Monticello began its longest scoring drive of the game, going 80 yards in eight plays. Three of those were first down passes from Ries: to Tate Petersen for 33 yards, to Peyton Schilling for 16, and to Petersen again for 40 yards, the latter bringing the ball to the Cascade 5-yard line.

   Two plays later, Ries scored from three yards out for his second touchdown of the game. The extra point kick was blocked, but the Panthers were within one score at 21-13 with 3:32 to play.

   “We executed better (in the second half),” Wilson said. “We did a good job of protecting Preston and giving him time to throw.”

   Monticello got one more chance with the ball, driving to the Cascade 10, but a fumble was recovered by Menster at the 11.

   The Cougars were forced to punt with 5.8 seconds left, but got the kick away, and time ran out.

   Monticello outgained Cascade 315 to 254. Ries passed for 180 yards and rushed for 93. Petersen finished with nine catches for 124 yards.

Maquoketa here Friday

   The Panthers will be at Dean Nelson Field Friday against Maquoketa.

   “We are excited to get back on the field Friday night. We know we did not play our best game (against Cascade),” Wilson said. “We have great kids that have big goals.”


Aug. 26

(at Cascade)

Monti       7   0   0  6  – 13

Cascade  0 21  0   0 – 21



     Monti – Ries 6 run (Castillo kick), 1:55 remaining.


     Cas – Hosch 45 interception return (Hill kick), 10:04.ils

     Cas – Menster 68 run (Hill kick), 8:55.

     Cas – Menster 39 run (Hill kick), 2:59.




     No scoring.


     Monti – Ries 3 run (kick blocked), 3:32.


                                  Monti      Cas

First downs               17          7

Rushing yds.            135       139

Passing yds.             180       115

Comp.-att.-int.    15-25-1  6-11-0 

Total yards               315        254

Fumbles lost              1            0

Penalties-yds.         5-50       3-25


     Rushing – Ries 27-93, Roher 5-19, Jordan 1-(-1).

     Passing – Ries 15-25-180-0-1.

     Receiving – Petersen 9-124, Schilling 4-29, Guilford 1-16, Tallman 1-11.

     Sacks – Graves.



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