Alex Nabavi

Retreating back to the Wildcats own 15-yard line, Alex Nabavi hauled in the punt and turned up field. Darting to his right, Nabavi picked up a big block before changing direction to his left. He eluded two Crescent defenders before spinning out of a tackle, taking it to the end zone along the Cashion sideline to put the Wildcats up 40-0 with 11 seconds remaining in the first half. 

It was that kind of night for the top-ranked Wildcats, as they cruised past arch rival Crescent 47-6 to remain unbeaten on the year. 

Nabavi was electric in his final game against Crescent, scoring twice on the ground, once through the air, and once on a punt return for 186 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. 

Brexten Green continued his hot start to the season, hauling in four receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. 

Quarterback Ben Harman led the high-powered Cashion attack, completing nearly 74 percent of his passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Cashion Head Coach Shackelford says he’s only going to get better from here.

“I said this about Ben in May, I said it about him in July, and I’ll say it in November, the more he plays the better he’s going to get,” Shackelford said. “He just needs time to play. We need him to get reps and to get some pressure and throw it around. I thought he played really well tonight.”

The Wildcats got on the board first on the opening drive of the game when Caden Harrell punched it in from one yard out. On Cashion’s second drive, on the first play from scrimmage, Harman found Sam Brown for a 49-yard touchdown to put the Wildcats up 13-0. 

Harman would find Green and Nabavi on the next two possessions to push their lead to 26-0. Nabavi added a rushing touchdown before the punt return to give Cashion a commanding 40-0 lead at halftime. 

Nabavi added his final touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a 2-yard run before Crescent scored its lone touchdown on a 5-yard run by Dominic Descher. 

As good as the Wildcats were on offense, it’s the Cashion defense that has been turning heads in Class A. Through three games, the Cashion defense has surrendered only 14 points total. Cashion held the Tigers to six points, which came in the fourth quarter with the starters on the sidelines. The Wildcats allowed only 100 yards of total offense against rival Crescent, 73 of that came on the Tigers scoring drive in the fourth quarter. 

“I think they’re playing really well right now,” Shackelford said about his defense. “I don’t know if they could play a whole lot better to be honest with you. Obviously we watch film and there are things we can correct, but as far as running to the football and being physical, I think they’re playing really well. If we can keep that up, I think we have a chance to be pretty good.”

The top-ranked Wildcats will get their first true test this week when they host Class A state runner-up No. 4 Christian Heritage for a pivotal district match up. Christian Heritage is 4-0 on the year and have been dominant up to this point in the season. The Crusaders are averaging 35 points per game and are looking to make it back to the state finals. 

“I haven’t seen much of them, yet, but I know those guys do a great job of coaching up their kids and they’ll have a really good game plan for us,” Shackelford said. “We are going to have to play our best to beat them.”

The Wildcats will look to take control of the district this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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