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December 12, 2009

Cayuga Wildcats heading to state


“We saw on film that they would be a aggressive against the run,” Allison said. “That was a big play for us to help open other things up.”

Cayuga made it 20-0 in the final seconds of the first quarter when Kennedy faked the toss to Shead, and while most of the defense went Shead’s way, Kennedy sprinted 88 yards for the touchdown.

Cayuga did not do much else after that as Ganado cut the lead to 20-7 going into halftime. The Indians had a chance to cut the lead to one score in the third quarter, but Cayuga’s defense stepped up, making a fourth down stop in their own territory.

“The coaches made us go over every play Ganado ran during practice so we got to see it all,” Kennedy said. “Then it came down to execution.”

After the fourth-down stop, Cayuga took six plays when Shead got through the line, broke a leg tackle and juked the final defender for a 48-yard touchdown. Shak Jenkins added the two-point conversion on a run and the Wildcats led 28-7.

Ganado cut the lead to 28-13 when the Indians took advantage of a short field after a bad snap on a punt but going into the fourth quarter, the Wildcat running game took over.

On 12 running plays, Cayuga moved the ball 90 yards, finishing off with Shead punching it in from 1-yard out to increase the lead to 34-13.

The Wildcats sealed the win when Shead scored on a 14-yard touchdown run with four minutes left in the game. The touchdown gave Shead 143 touchdowns for his career.

Notes: Shead eclipsed the 10,000 rushing yard mark for his career, becoming only the second player in Texas high school history to do so. He has 10,147 career rushing yards. ...Deon Hale had an interception in the first quarter to stop Ganado’s drive inside Cayuga territory. Then Chris Turner had a fumble recovery on Cayuga’s own 6-yard line in the third quarter. ...Shead threw is first career pass, completing a 23 yarder to Turner.

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