Cavalier junior quarterback Ryan Cook puts on a clinic in his varsity debut
SEATTLE - Clackamas High's football team made an impressive showing under first-year head coach Joe Bushman Saturday, defeating one of Washington's top teams, O'Dea of Seattle, 35-21, in the Cavaliers' season opener at Husky Stadium.
'I was really happy with the way the kids battled back and competed, after being down 13-0,' said Bushman. 'It says a lot about their character.'
Trailing 21-14 at halftime, the Cavaliers held their hosts scoreless after the intermission.
'We had a game plan to try to wear them out,' said Bushman. 'We ran outside a lot and tried to turn it into a track meet, and eventually it worked.'
Depth was also a factor, as Bushman played 22 starters.
The Cavaliers' offensive stars were junior quarterback Ryan Cook, senior wide receiver Ricky Cookman and senior running back Brad Wagner.
Cook was next to sensational in his first varsity start, hooking up with receivers on 16-of-22 attempted passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Ten of those passes were hauled down by Cookman, a two-time, first-team all-league receiver. The 6-0, 180-pound senior had 164 yards in reception yardage and scored two touchdowns.
Wagner headed the Cavalier ground attack, rushing 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns. The 5-11, 180-pound senior also had three receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Clackamas outside linebacker Kyle Taylor was huge on defense. The 6-0, 200-pound senior played a part in 12 tackles, deflected two passes, and recovered a fumble at the O'Dea 9-yard line that set up the touchdown that knotted the score at 13-all in the second quarter.
Cavalier defenders were aggressive all game long, and they forced no fewer than four turnovers.
Senior linebacker Adam Gossett was in on seven tackles and forced two fumbles.
Senior linebacker Justin Inahara made six tackles; junior linebacker Victor Nunn recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass; senior safety Chance Martinez also had an interception.
The Cavaliers went ahead for good in the third period, when Cook hooked up with Cookman and Wagner with touchdown passes of 40- and 42 yards respectively.
Junior Kyle Salgado was a perfect 5-for-5 on PAT kicks.
The Cavaliers return to Clackamas this Friday, when they host Barlow in their final tune-up for Three Rivers League play.