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Molan, Schirmer lead Cascade in rout of Klamath Union | USA Today High School Sports

TURNER —After a 7-1 regular season record, and a second-place finish in the Oregon West Conference, the fifth-ranked the Cascade High football team was prepared to make a run in the state playoffs.

But first, the Cougars had to get by Klamath Union in an OSAA state play-in game Friday night.

And they did so in convincing fashion.

Seven different players had offensive touchdowns as Cascade thoroughly dominated the game from start to finish in route to a 61-7 victory.

“We did a lot of really good things tonight and I was very impressed by the way we were able to throw and catch the football in the rain and the way our defense rallied to the ball on every play,” Cascade coach Steve Turner said. “This was a solid victory that gives us good momentum going into the playoffs.”

Cameron Molan had two touchdown receptions from quarterback John Schirmer, and senior running back James Baxter had the longest run of the night with an 84-yard touchdown scamper after intercepting a Klamath Union pass three plays earlier.

“We gave a really great team effort tonight and we have been playing our best football at the right time,” Molan said. “We had some struggles in the beginning but this team has really come together over the course of the season.”

After taking a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter, the Cougar got the ball back on the Klamath Union 39-yard line after the defense forced a three-and-out.

On first down, Schirmer dropped back and lofted the ball to Molan, who was streaking down the sideline. The ball was under thrown, but Molan was able to rip it away from a defender and waltz into the end zone for the score.

“It’s nice having a receiver like Cam where I can just throw the ball up to him and I know he is going to make a play for us,” Schirmer said.

The pair connected again in the second quarter when Schirmer hit Molan down the seams for a 30-yard score, which gave the Cougars a 47-0 lead that put the game completely out of reach for Klamath Union.

“John and Cam have been key players for us for a while now, but they are guys that always continue to get better,” Turner said. “They have been really been clicking these last three games and they just really help us do what we want to do offensively.”

Both Schirmer and Molan were all-conference selections last season and they both hope to finish their Cascade careers by making a run at the state title.

“It is important for us to take everything in stride and make sure we are staying humble and continue to do the things that got us in the position,” Molan said.

Even though the Cougars are a viable threat in the state playoffs, Turner wants to make sure his boys take one game at a time.

“We just need to make sure we focus on one opponent at a time and I think things will fall into place for us,” Schirmer said.

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