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Cascade snaps Tommies winning streak

M-P quarterback Denay Stell, left, tries to recover a fumble near the end of the Tomahawks 14-0 loss to Cascade at Quil Ceda Stadium Oct. 12. Lunging for the ball is Cascade outside linebacker Junior -
M-P quarterback Denay Stell, left, tries to recover a fumble near the end of the Tomahawks 14-0 loss to Cascade at Quil Ceda Stadium Oct. 12. Lunging for the ball is Cascade outside linebacker Junior
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MARYSVILLE The Tomahawk football teams four-game winning streak came to an end in dismal fashion against Cascade.
In an Oct. 12 match-up of two running-oriented, defensive-minded teams, M-P errors made the difference. The Tomahawks gave up four fumbles, an interception and a blocked punt to the Bruins for a 14-0 loss. The errors on special teams made it an especially disappointing loss.
M-P head coach Brandon Carson said they start every practice with special teams drills and there was no excuse for the foul ups that occurred.
We turned the ball over far too much, he said after the loss. Its frustrating for the kids.
Both teams had nice games in the first half, playing to a scoreless tie at halftime.
Senior quarterback Denay Stell led the M-P offense with 84 rushing yards and 50 through the air, but the turnovers prevented the Tomahawks from converting on any of their drives.
The Tomahawks woes began about a minute into the second half.
With 11 minutes left on the clock, M-P fumbled on a punt return. The defense was able to hold off the Bruins on the following drive.
They were not so lucky when Cascades Andrew Faung blocked a punt midway through the third quarter. The Bruins recovered the ball at the Tomahawk 24-yard line, setting up what would be Cascades game-winning touchdown. The score came on a run by senior Nick Morrison.
Morrison got the games only other score early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run.
Late in the fourth, M-P cornerback Andy Abadam broke up a Cascade fourth-down play with an interception. The turnover came as the Bruins attempted a field goal fake to keep their drive alive.
After the game, Carson said he was happy how the offense moved the ball during the first half, but was disappointed with the turnovers.
For Cascade coach Jake Huizinga, the standout performances came on defense.
It was a hellacious defensive game. They did a great job of bottling us up in the first half, Huizinga said, crediting the Tomahawks with stifling the productivity of fullback Lorne Bridgford. He just kept working hard. They did a great job bottling him up. We didnt have the productivity we thought we would.

Matt Doran contributed to this article.

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