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October 24, 2013

H.S. Football: Cayuga seeks to remain undefeated on Friday

PALESTINE — The Wildcats of Cayuga are still undefeated and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Coming off a 56-0 blowout of Itasca at homecoming, the Wildcats now will try to remain perfect on the season when they face Italy this Friday.

Cayuga coach Russell Holden believes that the way to keep an undefeated team motivated and undefeated is quite simple.

“The kids know that a chance for a district championship and a favorable playoff seeding are at stake, and they are mature enough to handle their business,” Holden said. “We have had a lot of players step up this season, but the senior leadership of Payton Wallace, John Vickery, Frankie Aviles and Cota Wilburn has had a huge impact on the team and how they prepare each week.

“They want to keep the great season going, and they take each practice as an important step in preparing to play,” he added. “Motivation is not an issue at all; most people seemed to have written Cayuga off this year, saying we were in for a down season and a rebuilding year.

“The kids are very motivated to prove everyone who doubted them wrong, and they have shown that intensity from day one.”

Having the intensity to keep up an undefeated season is something that can be difficult to do.

One of the things that has been key to the Cayuga team this year has been its success running the ball — being done this season through stellar play from the big guys up front.

“One of the reasons for the success in the running game has been the blocking of our offensive line,” Holden said. “The line is big and physical, and creates opportunities for our running backs to exploit. The line consists of Breck Alexander, Bryson Shaw, Kolby Radford, Jayson Johnson and Ja'shaun Epps.

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