EVERETT — The game plan was simple, Kejuan Coleman made sure it was effective.
Coleman, a junior running back from Cascade, rushed 25 times for 202 yards to lead the surprising Bruins to a 37-0 victory over Jackson.
“We went into the game knowing we were going to rush the ball on these guys,” Coleman said. “That’s why we came out in the ‘beef’ formation.”
Cascade, 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Wesco South, took the opening kickoff and started in a running formation with star quarterback Josh Smith on the sidelines. The Bruins ran it eight straight times, moving all the way to the Jackson 16 before settling for a 33-yard field goal by Spencer Bowlden.
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The drive took up more than half of the first quarter, but Jackson came right back behind six straight runs by Nick White before a lost fumble ended the drive at the Cascade 9.
Cascade went to a more traditional formation on its next drive, moving 89 yards on 14 plays, the touchdown coming on a 12-yard pass from Smith to KJ Brady.
Jackson, 1-3 in league and 3-4 overall, turned the ball over five times. The Timberwolves lost three fumbles and had a pair of interceptions.
Cascade, which ran the ball 55 times for 358 yards, took over in the second half behind Coleman’s slashing dashes.
He carried four times for 78 yards during an 88-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter.
“We’re going to keep running the ball all the way into the state playoffs,” Coleman said. “They knew what was coming and they couldn’t stop us. You have to give it up to our offensive line. It was a team effort.”
With Cascade running effectively, Smith used the element of surprise to complete 10 of his 13 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 70 yards on nine carries.
White finished with 102 yards on 16 carries for Jackson, which ran only 28 plays on offense to 67 for Cascade.
Cascade, which was winless two seasons ago before head coach Joe Cronin came in to lead the Bruins to five wins last season, now has a chance to make the state playoffs.
“I told our seniors at halftime, two season ago who could have ever imagined we’d be ahead of Jackson at halftime with a chance to make it to the state playoffs,” Cronin said. “It’s a testament to all the hard work that paid off in a win for us in front of an overflow Homecoming crowd.”