By SCOTT TYLER
BETHEL — After having the passing game carry Cayuga the last two wins, the Wildcats got back to what took them to the state title game a year ago — running the football.
Cayuga ran over, past and around Overton Friday night for a 61-31 win at Scarborough Stadium.
“We have struggled the last couple of games running the ball up the middle,” Cayuga head coach Tommy Allison said. “But tonight, I was real proud of our guys for the way they were able to run the ball.”
Cayuga rushed for 486 yards, averaging over 13 yards a carry.
“We had good blocking up front and good intensity,” senior wide receiver Caleb Summerville said.
Quarterback Malcome Kennedy continued his excellent play rushing for 275 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 22, 57 and 62 yards.
“We had two or three games were we did not run the ball well,” Kennedy said. “But tonight, our offensive line was so much better and we were able to go right at them.”
Running back Traylon Shead, who has been banged up the last two games, rushed for 194 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns.
“It is great to have or leader back,” Summerville said of Shead.
Shead came into Friday night not having a rushing touchdown since the second week of the season and only five on the year. He had scores of 19, 3, 1 and 34 yards.
“Traylon is still not 100 percent but he looked much better tonight,” Allison said. “He is really getting close to be back all the way.”
Shead had two touchdowns called back because of penalties on the Wildcats’ first drive. But the Wildcats would not be denied getting into the end zone. Kennedy converted a fourth and 7 with an 18-yard run and then two plays later scored on a 22-yard keeper when he faked the handoff and went untouched up the middle of the field, giving Cayuga a 7-0 lead.
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