By SCOTT TYLER
CORSICANA — Cayuga’s Tramon Shead could barely walk off the field on his own powers Friday night at the end of the Class A-Division II state quarterfinals.
That was an indication of what kind of game it was.
In a hard fought battle, the Wildcats outlasted Mart 42-28 to advance for the second straight year to the state semifinals.
“This is just a big win for our school and our program,” Cayuga head coach Tommy Allison said. “Mart is a very good football team and we knew we were going to have to fight to the end.”
Cayuga (12-1) has a semifinal rematch against Ganado, who defeated Falls City 24-21 in overtime Saturday night. The game will most likely be next Saturday, but by 2 a.m. Sunday a time and place had not been set.
Cayuga (12-1) led 28-7 at halftime, but Mart (9-5) was not going to go away easy in the quarterfinals. Mart scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to cut the lead to 28-21 and make it come down to a battle in the fourth quarter.
“We knew they were going to make a run at us,” Allison said. “We had some key people hurt and off the field but we found a way to hold them off,”
One of those players who was out of the game for a while was Shead, who suffered a shoulder injury in the first half and at one point had his shoulder pads off.
But in the fourth quarter, Shead came back in the game on the offensive line and defensive line.
“Tramon coming back gave us a boost,” Allison said. “The players saw him back on the field and fought that much harder.”
After Mart cut the lead to seven points at the end of the third quarter, the Panthers attempted an onside kick. It was recovered by Cayuga, giving the Wildcats great field possession on the 50-yard line.
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