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.