CASHION â€” The more Cashion's Jeremy Seaton keeps piling up yards and touchdowns, the more his phone keeps ringing.
College coaches notice football players who compile 1,700 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing in a season.
â€œI probably have four or five coaches call me every week now,â€ Seaton said.
Seaton scored three touchdowns Friday night to lead Cashion to a hard-fought, 25-16 Class A playoff victory over a Ringling squad that had no quit in them.
Seaton broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter with the kind of run that gets the attention of college recruiters.
He ran through two defenders and over another on a 75-yard gallop for a score. The 6-3, 240-pound senior quarterback carried 34 times for 246 yards and added two more short touchdown runs in the second half.
Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford calls Seaton one of the best players in the state regardless of class.
Oklahoma State is looking at him as a defensive end. Oklahoma wants him to walk on and play tight end.
â€œHe's starting to get a few more looks (from colleges),â€ Shackelford said. â€œHe plays quarterback at a Class A school and he's probably a tight end at a 6A school.
â€œI really think if he was playing tight end at Jenks or (Tulsa) Union, he would have had a verbal commitment somewhere a long time ago. I feel bad for him but I'm happy for us that he's here.
â€œHe's definitely the reason we win a lot of football games. I think they (Ringling) just got tired of tackling him. Between him and our offensive line kind of leaning on you all night long, he just gets better and better as the game goes on.â€
As good as Seaton was, it was his partner in the backfield who made the most crucial yards of the game.
Cashion (11-1) seemingly had control of the game late in the third quarter with a 13-0 lead after Ty Reasnor's interception set up Seaton's second touchdown.
But Ringling got back in the game when linebacker Jackson Dillon intercepted a Seaton screen pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
The Blue Devils suddenly had hope but the Wildcats quickly seized the momentum back on the next possession.
Running back T.J. Martin raced 52 yards for a touchdown on a crucial third-and-5 play.
â€œHe made a really great run,â€ Shackelford said. â€œHe made a great cut then another great cut down the field to get in the end zone.â€
Most people in the stadium probably expected Seaton to keep the ball like he had done on almost every third- or fourth-down play before.
â€œThey were flowing my way first,â€ Seaton said. â€œWhenever you have a double threat, it's great. It's huge having him. He's fast. People don't realize how good he is.â€
Ringling had cut the lead to 19-16 on 26-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Shores to Jon Tucker. Cashion needed to kill the last five minutes off the clock but did better than that. The Wildcats marched 73 yards in just 1:39 for the game-clinching touchdown.
Martin's 42-yard run to the Ringling 18 was the drive's biggest play.
Martin finished with 137 yards rushing on only eight carries. He ripped off another big run late in the game.
â€œT.J. has been playing really well and getting better every week,â€ Shackelford said. â€œIf he can continue to do that, we are going to be pretty good offensively the rest of the playoffs.â€
Ringling finished its season at 8-3.