TURNER — A couple of weeks ago at Sweet Home, Philomath’s Matt Workman struggled to the sideline holding his rib cage and ended up on the training table as the first half came to a close.
Workman’s exodus from the game ended his best performance to that point of the season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior had caught three balls for 54 yards — which represented more than half of the Warriors’ total offense for the evening.
On Saturday night at Cascade High School, Workman and his Philomath teammates would be going up against a more physical opponent. In one of the few bright spots in a 64-13 loss, Workman bettered that earlier performance by making five receptions for 117 yards and scoring Philomath’s two touchdowns.
The first TD occurred with 6:11 left in the first half on a 23-yard pass from sophomore Caleb Jensen, who earlier on the same possession took over at quarterback for starter Michael Lundy.
“He was biting on the wheel every single time and then I cut it in because I knew Caleb could make that throw,” Workman said. “The linemen gave us the perfect amount of blocking just for that.”
Workman’s other trip to the end zone represented Philomath’s longest play of the night. With the clock running in the second half because of Cascade’s 42-plus point lead, Jensen again connected with Workman on a play down the right sideline with about 1:20 remaining in the game.
“I told coach if we run zag, I’ll score a touchdown and that’s what we did — I scored a touchdown for him,” Workman said. “It was all linemen, though. I couldn’t have done anything about it if Caleb didn’t have that much time. It was a perfect throw.”
Philomath ended the game with 166 total yards and 117 of those came on Workman’s five catches.
“He did a good job catching the ball,” PHS coach Tony Matta said. “Obviously, we didn’t run the ball very well, they stuffed us at the point of attack, and even with a lead blocker out of the backfield, there wasn’t much room to run.”
Matta wasn’t kidding. The Warriors just could not get anything going on the ground with 26 attempts for minus-8 yards. That statistic includes 36 yards lost on four Cascade sacks.
“You like the clock to run and to be able to ground the game out but we just weren’t moving the football,” Matta said. “We’ve got to get stronger; we were pushed around and they were more physical than we were.”
The Cougars (7-1) clinched the Oregon West title with a 5-0 record and now prepares for the Class 4A state playoffs. Seeded eighth, Cascade will open with a Nov. 8 first-round game against Baker. Out of the conference, runner-up Stayton (6-2, 4-1) also moves directly into the playoff bracket with its opponent to be determined after the play-in games. Sweet Home (3-5, 2-3) qualified for a play-in game and will head to Estacada on Friday.
Philomath (1-7, 0–5) will not end the season with the loss to Cascade, however, with Matta arranging for a game to be played against Woodburn. The Bulldogs were in contention for a play-in game but lost 51-13 at Gladstone Friday and finished one ranking spot out of qualifying.
The game will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Clemens Field.
“They’re in our league and it’s always good to have a league match,” Workman said about the Woodburn game that had been scheduled. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to play these teams.”
Workman is both right and wrong about Woodburn being in the conference. The Bulldogs were placed in the Oregon West with the last round of OSAA realignment and compete in the league with Philomath in other sports. But in football, Woodburn was moved to another league as a solution to the situation that surfaced with Cascade’s successful appeal from 5A to 4A.
Cascade put on a display of dominance from the beginning in its win Friday by scoring 29 points in both the first and second quarters for a 58-7 lead at halftime. In the first quarter alone, Cascade had 214 rushing yards, including 159 on four carries by senior Joe Baxter.
By the time the final gun had sounded, Cascade had 640 yards of total offense with 516 coming on the ground. The Warriors couldn’t do much running the ball with 21 yards combined from backs Issiah Blackburn and Colby Roe.
Philomath had an exciting moment early in the first quarter on Cascade’s first possession. The Cougars fumbled and senior Brody Hiner fell on the ball to give the Warriors a short field at the 20-yard line. But four runs produced just eight yards and Cascade took over on downs.
Each team lost two fumbles on the evening. In addition to Hiner’s recovery, senior Luc Barnes recovered a fumble on a Cascade punt return.
Jensen completed 4 of 8 passes for 106 yards. Lundy completed 5 of 13 for 68 yards. In addition to Workman’s stat line, senior Logan Hannigan-Downs and senior Dylan Bennett each had two catches. On special teams, Hannigan-Downs had a 36-yard average on six punts, including one that pinned Cascade on its own 1 late in the first quarter.
Cascade’s top runners were Baxter with 181 yards, Ethan Coffey with 104, quarterback Jacob Hage with 88 and Tyler Marquez with 74.
Cascade 64, Philomath 13
Friday at Cascade HS
PHILOMATH (1-7, 0-5) 0 7 0 6 — 13
CASCADE (7-1, 5-0) 29 29 6 0 — 64
CHS: Joe Baxter 67 run (kick failed), 8:29
CHS: Ethan Coffey 2 run (Isaac Schnepp pass from Jacob Hage), 6:08
CHS: Blake Lewis 2 run (Hage run), 5:33
CHS: Ryan Diehl 8 run (Ariel Tobiasson kick), 0:29
CHS: Baxter 21 run (Tobiasson kick), 10:33
CHS: Elijah Nolan 83 pass from Hage (kick failed), 8:46
PHS: Matt Workman 23 pass from Caleb Jensen (Logan Hannigan-Downs kick), 6:11
CHS: Hage 70 run (Coffey run), 5:51
CHS: Diehl 6 run (Hage run), 0:58
CHS: Lewis 7 run (kick failed), 2:52
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PHS: Workman 52 pass from Jensen (pass failed), 1:20
Note: The second half featured a running clock.
First Downs 7 20
3rd down efficiency 2-11 0-5
4th down efficiency 0-3 3-5
Total Yards 166 640
Passing Yards 174 124
Comp-Att-Int 9-22-0 4-7-0
Yards per pass 7.9 17.7
Rushing Yards (-8) 516
Rushing attempts 26 42
Yards per rush (-0.3) 12.3
All-Purpose Yards 207 761
Punt returns 0-0 1-25
Kickoff returns 9-41 3-96
Interceptions returns 0-0 0-0
Penalties 7-35 5-50
Offensive 3-15 3-25
Defensive 3-15 2-25
Special teams 1-5 0-0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles-lost 4-2 3-2
Interceptions thrown 0 0
Sacked-yards lost 4-36 2-20
Punts-Avg 6-35.8 0-0.0
Possession 25:32 22:28
First half 15:30 8:30
Second half 10:02 13:58
RUSHING — Philomath, Issiah Blackburn 4-12, Colby Roe 12-9, Michael Lundy 4-(-5), Caleb Jensen 6-(-24). Cascade, Joe Baxter 6-181, Ethan Coffey 11-104, Jacob Hage 7-88, Tyler Marquez 4-74, Will Ramos 1-22, David Kanoff 2-15, Ryan Diehl 2-14, Blake Lewis 2-7, No. 44 2-7, Elijah Nolan 1-5, No. 42 2-3, Shawn Kuenzi 1-(-1), Caymus Roache 1-(-3).
PASSING — Philomath, Caleb Jensen 4-8-0-106, Michael Lundy 5-13-0-68, Carson Gerding 0-1-0-0. Cascade, Jacob Hage 4-7-0-124.
RECEIVING — Philomath, Matt Workman 5-117, Logan Hannigan-Downs 2-31, Dylan Bennett 2-26. Cascade, Elijah Nolan 2-94, Isaac Schnepp 2-30.
Cascade 14, Sisters 6
Oct. 21 at Sisters
PHILOMATH 0 6 0 8 — 14
SISTERS 0 0 0 6 — 6
Team notes: Philomath’s JV improved to 4-2 on the season. ... Philomath took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter when quarterback Caleb Jensen hit Alek Russell on a 10-yard touchdown pass. ... The Warriors went up 14-0 in the fourth on a 10-yard TD pass from Jake Williams to Isaac Lattin. A successful two-point conversion followed. ... Sisters scored on a 20-yard pass on the last play of the game. ... Sisters requested for the game to be played with a running clock, which limited the number of possessions. ... Philomath’s JV plays Monday at home against Cascade.