Casady senior Trainor Crossno had kicked before, but hadn't really practiced in the preseason.
When normal kicker Sam Smith exited Friday night's football game against Holland Hall early with an ankle injury, Crossno had little idea he would become key for the Cyclones.
He easily made two field goals early, but he also caught seven passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns in Casady's 27-21 season-opening victory against the Dutch.
“I play soccer, so I'm kind of the kicker they put in and I hope that Sam gets healthy soon,” Crossno said. “But if he can't, then I can kick. He's very talented at it, so I'm just kind of in there.”
Crossno's final TD catch, a 54-yard run after a short reception, put the Cyclones up 27-15 with 3:31 remaining, proving the difference.
Holland Hall made one final rally attempt, even scoring a touchdown when quarterback Jake Fox connected with Branson Stickney for a 28-yard strike with less than a minute remaining. But the Dutch failed to grab the onside kick.
For Casady, the win sends an early statement after it missed the Southwest Preparatory Conference playoffs last season by virtue of a tiebreaker with Holland Hall, which beat Casady 41-18 in Week 3 last season.
“It was absolutely vital,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said. “All summer, all we've talked about is the Dutch, because this game is huge. They're the ones who keep us out of it more than any other team.”
But the Cyclones dominated the Dutch this time, even after falling behind early.