Moment’s before Connell High’s Matt Hadley dashed off to celebrate the Class 1A football state championship with teammates, Cascade Christian coach Randy Davis embraced the senior and paid him the ultimate compliment.
“I told him,” Davis said, “I’m glad he’s graduating.”
The soon-to-be three-time 1A football state player of the year rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, lifting the third-ranked Eagles to a 28-7 victory the state finals Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
Davis and the fifth-ranked Cougars were plenty familiar with Hadley and Connell – they’ve met in the finals the past three seasons. The Eagles won in 2009 and Cascade Christian evened the score last fall, winning 42-35.
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