YUKON — Tulsa Cascia Hall quarterback Sam Clancy said he had been looking forward to playing Tuttle in the Class 3A finals or semifinals.
When the football teams met Saturday in the semis, Clancy made the most of the opportunity. He threw two touchdown passes as Cascia Hall overcame its largest deficit of the season to beat Tuttle 13-10. Cascia Hall will play Sequoyah-Claremore in next weekend’s final. Sequoyah-Claremore defeated Clinton in overtime Saturday.
"Tuttle is such a good team. We knew this was going to be one the biggest challenges we could possibly face,” Clancy said. "But this is something championship teams have to do.”
The loss is Tuttle’s first of the season. The Tigers, who had looked so dominant for the first 12 games, ended at 12-1.
Early on, it was Tuttle’s defense carrying the day, forcing two first-half turnovers as Tigers led 10-0 with five minutes left in the first half.
Clancy connected with AZ Moyer for a 51-yard touchdown before the half ended to get Cascia Hall (12-0) going.
"That was the biggest play of the season,” Clancy said. "They came out and hit us hard. But we’ve been down before.”
Tuttle couldn’t get its offense on track as Cascia Hall did a great job on star running back Paco Moore. The senior finished with 97 yards on 25 carries.
Cascia Hall has won 27 straight games and has a chance to win its second straight state football championship after winning 2A last year.