By SCOTT TYLER
WHITEHOUSE — For Traylon Shead, the win was much more important than the record.
The Cayuga running back set the all-time state touchdown record in the Wildcats’ 38-29 win over Lovelady Friday night in the Class A-Region III, Division II semifinals.
“The touchdown record is nice, but it is even bigger that we got the win tonight,” Shead said after his 320-yard, three touchdown performance.
His three touchdowns gave Shead 137 career touchdowns — one more than Jazquizz Rodgers’ record 136.
“What a special night for Traylon,” Cayuga head coach Tommy Allison said. “This is just icing on the cake.”
Cayuga (11-1) advances to play Mart in the Class A-Region III, Division II state quarterfinals. Mart defeated Tenaha 25-22 Friday night. The game will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Corsicana.
In Whitehouse, Shead and quarterback Malcome Kennedy spearheaded a running attack that accumulated 603 rushing yards. Kennedy rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns and the backfield duo had all but 82 of Cayuga’s total yards.
“Our offensive line and the guys on the edged just did a great job blocking all night,” Allison said. “Then Traylon and Malcome ran with heart and desire.”
Cayuga led early but Lovelady, who was undefeated coming into Friday night, were not going to go away quietly.
An interception by Jordy Denson to start the second half put the Lions on the Cayuga 29-yard line. Four plays later and Christian Harris scored on a 6-yard run as the Lions cut the lead to 25-22.
On Cayuga’s ensuing possession, the Wildcats faced a third and eight when the ball went to an unlikely candidate. Chance Caldwell took a reverse and with the defense flowing the other way to stop Kennedy and Shead, Caldwell reached the edge and got much more than just the first down. The Cayuga wide receiver raced down the sideline getting to the Lovelady 4 for a 63-yard run.
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