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High school football: Cashion more experienced this season

Wildcats return a veteran quarterback in Matt Harman, protected by an offensive line full of seniors.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 19, 2014

— Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford thinks his team flew under the radar last season.

On the surface, that statement seems odd for a team that made the Class A quarterfinals. But a 2-2 start to the season with a freshman quarterback makes it plausible.

It just won’t be the case for the Wildcats this season.

Quarterback Matt Harman is more experienced. Receivers like Peyton Maroney have proven themselves. The offensive line is made up entirely of seniors.

“It’s nice to have that much experience coming back,” Shackelford said. “We feel like we’re just picking up where we left off, where last year at this time it was so much teaching and so much install. It just took us awhile before it all came together.”

But once it did come together, the Wildcats were impressive.

They scored 50 or more points five times during an eight-game winning streak, all while Harman continued developing.

He finished with 2,754 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, relying on a group of experienced receivers that returns nearly intact this season, headlined by Peyton Maroney.

Maroney caught 79 passes for 779 yards and three TDs last season. He’ll be joined this season by Josh Hampton, who moved in along with running back Blakely Liebman from Piedmont.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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