CASHION — Ty Reasnor grew up wanting to be like Cashion's quarterbacks before him.
He saw Cayden Cochran practicing before school nearly each day. He also looked up to Jeremy Seaton, hoping to be like both his junior and senior years.
Now, though, Reasnor might be the better quarterback at Cashion, leading the undefeated Wildcats into the Class A semifinals for the first time at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Norman High School against No. 1 Wynnewood.
“It was always the dream to be the quarterback here,” the 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback said.
In doing just that, Reasnor has posted eye-popping numbers this season with 3,239 yards passing, 45 touchdowns and just two interceptions — one last week against Talihina and one earlier this season against Minco.
“We've been pretty good at not throwing a lot of picks here,” Reasnor. “I think all of the results is our good play-calling and stuff like that.”
Following players like Cochran and Seaton can be challenging. Cochran is playing at Division II Valdosta State (Ga.), while Seaton is a walk-on tight end/fullback at Oklahoma State who is starting to see playing time.
“Cayden's work ethic was really something I looked up to and tried to match,” Reasnor said. “Probably didn't, but I tried as much as I could.”
But to Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford, Reasnor has replaced them admirably.
“He's been what you want from a quarterback, from a leader,” Shackelford said. “Someone that you can depend on that's going to try to make everybody else around him better, and that's what he's done and he's reaped the rewards this year.”
Cashion has also reaped the rewards, making its first semifinal appearance under Shackelford.
And the Wildcats will throw the ball Saturday. After all, it's what they have always done.
“It's like anything else,” Shackelford said. “If you go to Wynnewood, their younger kids are learning how to trap block and running wing-T stuff. Here we're going to throw it. There's no magic recipe to it.”