Riley Olsen looks to pass

Hillsboro-Central Valley junior quarterback Riley Olsen, left, looks to lateral the ball against Central Cass Aug. 20 in a 31-12 loss to the Squirrels. Olsen made his varsity debut under center in the nonconference matchup.

HILLSBORO – Central Cass converted 80 percent of its third downs en route to a 31-12 victory over Hillsboro-Central Valley on Friday, Aug. 20 at the Hillsboro Sports Complex.

On a wet and sloppy field, the Squirrels went 8-of-10 on third down and 2-for-2 on their fourth-down attempts to keep their offense on the field as they rattled off 17 straight points to hold on to a 24-6 lead into the fourth quarter. 

“We weren’t going to be afraid of any situations, (we were) just going to play with absolute freedom,” Central Cass head coach Tommy Butler said after the win. 

“And, honestly, I think you saw it tonight. Any adversity that came up, none of our guys panicked.” 

Senior quarterback Brendan Maasjo finished 11-of-15 through the air for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while the Squirrels finished with 330 yards of total offense.

Junior running back Owen Wiersma finished with 118 yards on 32 carries and two touchdown runs (10, 1 yards).

“I’m sure on defense our attack angles were off,” H-CV head coach Scott Olsen said after the nonconference, season-opening loss. 

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