NORMAN — Wynnewood running back Trey Knowles told his team to play harder.
After falling behind to Cashion in the second quarter, the senior running back delivered that message to his teammates.
The top-ranked Savages scored four straight touchdowns to take a commanding lead en route to a 41-28 victory in the Class A semifinals on Saturday at Harve Collins Field.
“We want it that bad, we just have to play that bad,” Knowles said. “We just went out there and played our game. Played how we can play and came out with a win.”
Wynnewood, which last won a state title in 1992, plays Ringling next week at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater for the Class A championship.
Knowles accounted for three touchdowns, two of which opened the second half, and 175 yards on 23 carries.
And while Wynnewood (13-0) continuously ran the ball with a plethora of rushers, that opened the passing game for senior Jace Brown.
During the four-touchdown onslaught, Brown threw two TDs. He first connected with Levi Phillips for 85 yards to answer Cashion quarterback Ty Reasnor's first touchdown. Brown later hit Gus Reinert for a 30-yard TD in the third quarter that made it 34-7.
“That's the gameplan every week,” Brown said. “Run the ball, wear 'em down a little bit, wear 'em down a little bit and then hit them over the top. That's just what we do.”
And it was a near flawless effort, putting Cashion (13-1) in a big hole it could not dig out of.
“The scary thing about Wynnewood, and we talked about this all week, is if you're slow out of the gate, you can find yourself in a position where you're just kind of in a panic mode,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “That's kind of where we got to.”
The Wildcats attempted a comeback, scoring two late TDs in the fourth, even getting an onside kick, before Phillips intercepted Reasnor's final pass with less than one minute remaining.
Reasnor completed 26 of 47 passes for 357 yards and three TDs, with most of his success coming in the second half.
“It's kind of the bend but don't break attitude,” Wynnewood coach Brad O'Steen said. “As long as they were milking the clock and just driving the ball, we were fine.”