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December 12, 2009

Cayuga Wildcats heading to state

SHENADOAH — The Cayuga Wildcats are headed back to the big dance.

For the second straight year Cayuga defeated Ganado — this time 41-19 at Woodforest Bank Stadium — in the Class A, Division II state semifinals.

“This just feels wonderful to be going back,” Cayuga senior Malcome Kennedy said. “We have worked really hard this year to get to this point.”

A year after falling to Stratford for the state title, Cayuga faces Albany for the top prize. The Class A, Division II state championship game will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Mansfield.

“We left Abilene last year with such a sour taste, that we talked as a team that we would do anything to get back,” Cayuga head coach Tommy Allison said. “I am so proud of what these guys have accomplished.”

Cayuga (13-1) came out quickly to take a 20-0 lead over Ganado, but after a lull in the second quarter, the Wildcats had to hold off a tough Indian squad who has proven the last two weeks they can make a comeback.

“We knew they were a very good football team and they showed it tonight,” Allison said of Ganado. “They were physical up front and we had to earn everything we got.”

Cayuga moved the ball mainly on the ground, rushing for 404 yards. Traylon Shead rushed for 218 yards on 25 carries and Kennedy had 193 yards on 20 carries.

“We really wanted to focus on running the ball tonight,” Allison said. “Our offensive line got off the ball and our backs did a great job picking up what the defense gave us.”

On Cayuga’s first possession, Shead broke through the defense for a 57-yard touchdown and Cayuga led 7-0.

It was some trickery that led to Cayuga’s next touchdown. Kennedy took the snap and sprinted to the left on what looked like a run play, but then he stopped in his tracks and found a wide open Chris Turner who made the diving 42-yard touchdown in the end zone.

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