OKEENE — Dylan Kordelski’s two-yard touchdown run capped a 15-play, 97-yard drive in the fourth quarter that gave Cashion its first lead since the second quarter, and the Wildcats held off a late Okeene drive, stopping the Whippets at the 3-yard line with 35 seconds remaining to advance with a 14-7 upset win Saturday in a tightly-contested Class A playoff contest.
Both teams drove up and down the field, but had trouble converting their drives into points.
Cashion (10-2) scored first after Kaleb George blocked an Okeene punt and took it 10 yards into the end zone for a 6-0 lead, but Cashion missed the extra point. The Wildcats opened the game with an impressive 14-play drive from their own 28-yard line, but Kordelski fumbled and lost the ball at the 15-yard line leading to Okeene’s first possession and the blocked punt.
The fourth-ranked Whippets took the lead in the second quarter on Scott Dobrinski’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Blake Boeckman, and the Whippets took a 7-6 lead into halftime.
Each team had impressive drives in the second half that came up short, but the most costly proved to be Okeene’s failure to convert on fourth and two after driving 81 yards when Dobrinski came up one yard short on fourth-and-2 at the Cashion 4-yard line, turning the ball over on downs and leading to Cashion’s game-winning 97-yard drive that consumed 6:25 on the clock.
The winning drive was kept alive on a 27-yard completion to the Okeene 17-yard line from Matt Harman to Peyton Maroney on third-and-11. Maroney ran for the two point conversion after Kordelski’s 2-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7.
Okeene’s last-gasp drive featured two critical conversions; an 18-yard pass completion to the Wildcats’ 38-yard line from Scott Dobrinski to Mike Dobrinski on fourth down, and a 21-yard run by Scott Dobrinski on fourth-and-five that took the ball to the 12-yard line with under two minutes left. However, the Wildcats’ defense stiffened on fourth-and-eight from the 10-yard line when Scott Dobrinski came up one-yard short of the first down on a seven yard run and Cashion secured the 14-7 win.
The victory avenged Cashion’s season-opening 26-14 loss to Okeene. The Whippets finish the season at 10-2.
Kordelski rushed for a game-high 138 yards, and Harman went nine-of-10 passing for 80 yards. Cashion outgained Okeene 285-241 yards, and now faces No. 7 Talihina (12-0), a 46-26 winner over Hominy, in the next round of the playoffs.
HENNESSEY 41, WASH. 7
HENNESSEY — The Hennessey Eagles raced out to a 28-0 first-half lead and never looked back, defeating Washington 41-7 Saturday to earn their seventh-straight trip to the Class 2A quarterfinals.
It was the second straight year Hennessey eliminated Washington in the second round of the playoffs, defeating the Warriors 56-21 in 2012.
Hennessey (11-1) was paced by Tabor Johns’ 143 yards and three touchdowns rushing.
The Eagles got on the board with an Abraham Ortega 19-yard touchdown run and built up a four touchdown lead on Johns touchdown runs of 61, 3 and 8 yards before Washington scored on Luke Ladlee’s 30-yard run that made it 28-7 at halftime.
Hennessey built its lead to 35-7 on Edgar Fierro’s 32-yard touchdown strike to Stephen Matousek and then finished off the scoring when Jose Sanchez scored on an 18-yard pass from Tony Mendoza that made it 41-7.
The fourth-ranked Eagles dominated the Warriors, outgaining Washington 388-74 yards, including 320 yards rushing.
Washington finishes the season at 9-3.
Next up, the Eagles host a quarterfinal rematch against No. 3 Vian (12-0).
The Eagles and Wolverines will be meeting in the quarterfinals for the third straight year. Vian bounced Hennessey in the quarterfinals last season 43-13, while the Eagles defeated the Wolverines 18-7 in 2011 on their way to a second straight 2A title. Vian advanced to the quarterfinals with a 41-20 win over Salina on Friday.
CHEROKEE 38, BALKO 14
CHEROKEE — Tanner Bowman rushed for four touchdowns as undefeated, No. 2 Cherokee defeated Balko 38-14 in a Class C quarterfinal playoff contest Saturday.
The Chiefs (10-0), who had given up only six points all year and shutout all eight opponents in the regular season, found themselves trailing in a contest for the first time all year when Balko’s Jordan Bush scored and then coverted a two-point conversion run for an 8-0 lead. But the Chiefs, and Bowman responded quickly.
Bowman’s first touchdown, a five-yard run and a conversion run tied the game at 8-8 and he gave Cherokee a 14-8 lead with a six-yard score. After the 2-point conversion failed, Balko struck again to tie the score at 14-14 on Wyatt Casper’s 24-yard touchdown pass from Bush. But from there it was all Cherokee.
Bowman’s 11-yard run helped Cherokee to a 22-14 halftime lead, then he unleashed a 48-yard scamper for his fourth touchdown, and the Chiefs went up 30-14. Cherokee closed out the scoring on Alex Castro’s two-yard run and Bowman’s two-point conversion for the 38-14 final.
The Chiefs had 384 yards in offense, 366 of which came on the ground. Balko finished with 198 yards of offense. The Bison end the seaon at 8-3.
Cherokee moves on to a Class C seminfinal match againt Shattuck (10-1), which defeated Arkoma 65-14 on Friday.
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