By Robert Przybylo
One play most certainly does not define a game. But when Cascia Hall QB Sam Clancy found WR AZ Moyer for a 51-yard TD late in the first half, the Commandos were ready to roll.
Cascia Hall, down 10-0, came back and won 13-10 against Tuttle on Saturday at Yukon in a 3A semifinal. I picked Cascia to win, so I CAN say I saw it coming.
Let me explain the Boneman logic (oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one). I figured Tuttle would come out and show its strength early. It would try to send a message that Tuttle is 3A while CHall is 2A. The Tigers did. They were forcing turnovers, the Commandos running game was next to nothing and Clancy was in trouble all half.
But something happened. The pass protection got better, Clancy wasn’t rattled and found his receivers in stride with chances to run after the catch.
I was especially impressed with Pete Testa. That man’s a gamer, I says. Cascia Hall had too much balance as Tuttle just relied on Sterling Koons and Paco Moore.
Normally, that works. But the Commandos brought their big boy pads. Tuttle didn’t earn its first first down in the second half until 8 minutes were left in the fourth.
There is a reason why Cascia Hall has won 27 straight games. It’s no fluke. So we go from a potential Tuttle-Clinton rematch for it all to a Cascia Hall and Sequoyah-Claremore showdown for the 3A crown. Eh, who knew?
Tuttle has nothing to be ashamed of. It was a very well-played game and felt like a championship (no offense to Sequoyah-Claremore).
It’ll be interesting to see if Cascia has a letdown. Head coach Joe Medina was already preaching that after the game: “This was nice. But we’re not satisfied. We’ve got one more.”