Connell 28, Cascade Christian 7, FINAL: The Eagles ran out the clock and captured the state title, avenging 2010's loss to Cascade Christian.
Connell 28, Cascade Christian 7, 4:42 left 4Q: Connell quarterback Chandler Salisbury was just carried off the field after going down in a heap on an incomplete pass play.
Cascade Christian has the ball back and needs a quick score to have any hope.
Connell 28, Cascade Christian 7, 6:42 left 4Q: Connell's Tyson Brook picks up a sack and the Eagles have the ball back in Cascade Christian territory.
Kade Eppich is out of the game with an injury.
Connell 28, Cascade Christian 7, 8:03 left 4Q: So much for a long drive, as Matt Hadley goes untouched 70 yards to put Cascade Christian in a big hole.
Hadley now has 124 career touchdowns and eight career state championship game touchdowns.
Connell 21, Cascade Christian 7, 8:40 left 4Q: The Connell defense has played extremely well today and forces a four-and-out.
The Eagles have the ball at the 35, looking to salt away this game.
Connell 21, Cascade Christian 7, 10:13 left 4Q: Connell forced to punt and Cascade Christian again has a short field.
Connell 21, Cascade Christian 7, 11:52 left 4Q: Connell comes up with the big play, as Matt Hadley intercepts a pass at the goal line.
Connell 21, Cascade Christian 7, :11 left 3Q: Cascade Christian is facing a third-and-goal from the 3.
The Cougars could get right back into the game with a touchdown here.
Connell 21, Cascade Christian 7, 4:46 left 3Q: Kade Eppich just intercepted his third pass of the game, tying the Class 1A state championship record.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Chandler Salisbury then threw a pick and the Cougars have the ball in Connell territory.
Connell 21, Cascade Christian 7, 6:30 left 3Q: Matt Hadley just took a pitch, ran over three Cascade Christian defenders and then was off to the races, scoring from 40-yards out.
The touchdown gives him 123 in his career.
The drive was set up by two big completions by Chandler Salisbury to Kade Eppich and Ryan Heinen. Salisbury and Eppich are having very solid games.
Connell 14, Cascade Christian 7, 10:57 left 3Q: Connell's defense looks sharp early, forcing a three-and-out.
Connell 14, Cascade Christian 7, 12:00 left 3Q: The second half is underway. Cascade Christian has the ball at its own 26.
Connell 14, Cascade Christian 7, half Kade Eppich intercepts his second pass of the game to end the first half.
The Eagles didn't play their best yet lead 14-7.
Connell 14, Cascade Christian 7, :20 left 2Q Huge play by Connell.
On third-and-10, Chandler Salisbury hits Kade Eppich for a 43-yard touchdown pass with time running out in the half. Cascade Christian's defender tried to jump the route, didn't and Eppich spun by him and was off to the races.
Connell 7, Cascade Christian 7, :57 left 2Q Connell has the ball back and is across midfield, but time is running out on the Eagles.
Connell 7, Cascade Christian 7, 6:04 left 2Q Cascade Christian's defense held and the Cougars are across midfield offensively.
The Cougars wanted to keep Connell's offense off the field and they are doing a good job so far.
Connell 7, Cascade Christian 7, 10:35 left 2Q Connell's Kade Eppich just produced a highlight reel interception, toeing the sideline as he fell out of bounds.
The Eagles are driving once again.
Connell 7, Cascade Christian 7, end 1Q Cascade Christian has the ball near midfield, facing a 2nd-and-8 to open the second quarter.
The Eagles have to feel good since every break has gone the Cougars' way, but the game is tied.
The touchdown by Hadley, was the 122nd of his career.
Connell 7, Cascade Christian 7, 1:30 left 1Q The Eagles quickly respond, going on a 13-play drive capped by a Matt Hadley touchdown from the 1. Hadley had 31 yards on seven carries on the drive. Quarterback Chandler Salisbury had a 15-yard completion to Ryan Heinen to set up the touchdown.
Cascade Christian 7, Connell 0, 8:04 1Q The Cougars marched down and scored on a 3-yard run by Hunter Austin to take an early lead. Connell was twice penalized for pass interference on third down plays in the end zone, costing the Eagles defense dearly.
Connell 0, Cascade Christian 0, 11:43 1Q A huge early break for Cascade Christian, as its opening kickoff bounced off the face mask of a Connell player and the Cougars recovered.
The captains are at midfield and we are about 5 minutes from kickoff of the Class 1A state championship game here in the Tacoma Dome.
Connell will face Cascade Christian for a third consecutive time in the state title game. Connell won in 2009 and Cascade Christian won in 2010.
The Eagles are on a 10-game winning streak, while the Cougars have reeled off six consecutive wins.
Connell wins the coin toss and elects to receive.
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