#1 Wildcats advance to Final Four; #4 Pawnee awaits

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#1 Wildcats advance to Final Four; #4 Pawnee awaits

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 11:00
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The Cashion Wildcats are one game away from playing in the state championship. 

The #1 team in Class A took care of business against Barnsdall last Friday night, beating the Panthers 28-6 in treacherous conditions. Not even the rain or the muddy field could slow down Cashion. The Wildcats scored on its first two offensive possessions of the game, as TJ Roberts scored on 8- and 4-yard runs to put the Wildcats up 14-0 with 7:51 left in the first half. 

Roberts added his third touchdown of the half, scoring on a 7-yard run to put the Wildcats in front 20-0 at halftime. 

Roberts finished the night with 64 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Cashion attempted only nine passes on the night, but quarterback Ben Harman connected with Alex Nabavi on the opening possession of the third quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Nabavi added a two point conversion to put Cashion in front 28-0. 

The Cashion defense was once again impressive.  The Panthers ran 51 plays and only managed 169 yards of total offense. The Panthers lone touchdown came on a 55-yard fumble return. That touchdown would be Cashion’s 105th point allowed this season. It’s the furthest point in a season that the Wildcats have surrendered its 100 point of the year since moving to Class A. The previous longest was 2018, when they allowed its 100 point on game nine. 

The Wildcats allowed only 82 rushing yards against Barnsdall. The defense will be tasked this Friday with stopping the ground attack of the #4 Pawnee Black Bears.

Pawnee dominated Mangum in its quarterfinal match up last Friday, winning 64-7. The Black Bears rushed for 415 yards and seven touchdowns on 45 carries. They haven’t attempted a single pass in their last two games. 

Quarterback Blake Skidgel led the Black Bears in rushing against Mangum, rushing for 199 yards and five touchdowns. 

The win secured Pawnee’s first trip to the state semifinals since winning the 2004 state championship. After the win over Mangum, Pawnee senior offensive lineman Zach Buchanan told the Stillwater News Press, “We’re just doing what we do. No one can stop us.”

That comment has already garnered some attention on social media, setting up what could be a classic game this Friday as both teams are looking to reach the state championship at Wantland Stadium next Saturday. But to get there, each team will have to face the best opponent they have all season. The two will battle it out this Friday at Cushing High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.