BREWSTER — Dennis Merritt ran for 300 yards on 12 carries and four touchdowns and added a fifth score on a 97-yard kickoff return to lead Cascade to a 62-27 win over host Brewster on Friday.
With the win, the Kodiaks (4-3 CTL) wrapped up the fourth and final playoff berth from the Caribou Trail League, eliminating Brewster and Quincy. Cascade will travel to take on Northeast A League champion Freeman on Friday.
“We played well on offense,” said Cascade coach Elia Ala’ilima-Daley. “We didn’t punt the whole night. The offensive line did a good job; when we’re confident up front, that helps out a lot, and when Dennis gets outside, it’s hard to catch him.”
Tristin Parton, making his first start of the season at quarterback for the Kodiaks, threw for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
“He did what we were looking for — manage the game,” Ala’ilima-Daley said. “He did a good job of running the option for us.”
Mitch Boesel threw for 248 yards for Brewster (2-5 CTL), Cade Smith had seven catches for 146 yards, and Hayden Bayha ran for 110 yards.
Okanogan 43, Omak 7
Justin Rivas ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and TJ Morris added 148 yards on the ground to lead Okanogan to a win over visiting Omak.
The Bulldogs racked up 430 total rushing yards.
“That’s our main strength,” said Okanogan coach Erick Judd. “When we had (injured quarterback) Clay (Ashworth), we were more balanced, but now we can give the ball to any of four (runners). We’re balanced in a different way.”
Okanogan (6-1 CTL), as the second seed, will play host to Lakeside, the No. 3 team out of the NEA, on Friday in a loser-out, winner-to-state contest.
The Pioneers’ CTL record fell to 0-7.
Cashmere 52, Quincy 26
League champion Cashmere roughed up visiting Quincy, posting 427 rushing yards.
Mason Elliott had 118 yards on the ground, while Casey Ruether added 111.
“When you have a fullback like Rex (Pittsinger), everybody thinks about our inside running game, but Casey gives us an outside running option,” Cashmere coach Phil Zukowski said. “And our two slots (Dylan Boyd and Elliott) had 69 and 118 yards.”
Dallas Bassett threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns for the Jackrabbits (3-4 CTL).
The Bulldogs (7-0 CTL) will take on Medical Lake, the No. 4 seed from the NEA, at home on Friday or Saturday.
Chelan 48, Tonasket 7
Tanner Hendricks had 65 receiving yards and 102 passing yards in Chelan’s win over host Tonasket.
Hendricks caught two touchdowns and threw for another, working well with Luke Gleasman in the Goats’ quarterback platoon.
“One of our goals for tonight was to be efficient throwing the ball, and we were pretty balanced,” said Chelan coach Travis Domser. “(Defensively) we gang-tackled well. Tonasket’s not a bad team — they’re physical up front, but we did some things to keep them on their heels.”
Chelan (5-2 CTL), the third seed, will travel to take on NEA No. 2 Riverside on Friday.