CRESCENT — Cashion receiver Nate Lee has a knack for the big games.
The 6-foot senior also has a flare for the dramatic. Lee saved his biggest catch Thursday night for the seventh-ranked Wildcats' final play, a 31-yard, fourth-down touchdown grab with 6 seconds remaining over a Crescent defender to clinch a 36-29 victory.
“I didn't think he was going to throw it to me,” Lee said. “I just looked up and the ball was there. I caught it somehow.”
It was a last-ditch effort that completed a drive in just more than one minute after No. 8 Crescent had taken a 29-28 lead on Preston Walker's 6-yard TD run.
But Cashion quarterback Ty Reasnor found Lee on the first play of the drive for a 19-yard pass. Then he connected with Joe Neece for a 12-yard gain. Three plays later, he threw the ball to the back corner of the end zone to Lee.
“I thought we were done for,” Reasnor said. “I thought they had us this year, but coach told me to believe and be a senior. I had faith in the boy, and he made a play in the end zone.”
Lee caught six passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. His first TD was similar to the final one as he leapt over a defender to make the grab for a 25-yard score.
Cashion (8-0) has now beaten Crescent five straight times, dating back to the origin of the rivalry.
Crescent trailed 28-22 after Grant Quast scored with 4:13 remaining on a 1-yard run.
Reasnor, though, missed an interception that set up Crescent's go-ahead TD by Walker, who threw for 204 yards for the Tigers (7-1). He totaled four touchdowns, three on the ground.