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Cashion blanks Prague, improves to 2-0

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    WILDCAT PACK - A host of Cashion defenders converge on a Prague ball carrier during the team’s win last week. They include, Jacob Farrow (34), Ryan Baker (57), Bryce Miller (bottom) and Hayden Branch (far right). [Photo by Brad Stone]

A slow offensive start against a team that’s going to almost exclusively run the ball doesn’t lend itself to an explosive football game on the scoreboard.

However, Cashion had just enough fireworks after settling down to improve to 2-0 with a 28-0 win over Prague in the Wildcats’ home opener last Friday.

Cashion took just 35 offensive snaps while Prague ran the ball 60 times in a game that was wrapped up in under two-and-a-half hours.

“We went three-and-out on our first drive and on the next two were - at one point - facing 2nd-and-25 and 3rd-and-30,” recalled head coach Lynn Shackelford.

“That makes it tough to convert, but eventually we got some things going.”

The Wildcats got just enough going in the second quarter to see Ben Harman throw his first touchdown pass of the season, a 17-yard strike to Brexten Green.

Harman sat out last week’s opener with a sore knee.

In the second half, he connected with Green again, this time for a 9-yard score.

Prior to that, T.J. Roberts scampered 34 yards for a TD.

Austin Vandruff capped the scoring in the fourth with a 20-yard reception from Harman.

Harman finished 11 of 19 for 152 yards. Alex Nabavi caught a team-high five passes for 36 yards. Green’s four catches garnered 72 total yards.

The Wildcats added 187 yards on the ground, 158 from Roberts on just 11 carries.

Although Cashion eventually got four touchdowns, one proved to be enough against the Red Devils’ Wing-T offense.

“I thought the defense was really good, especially for not really ever seeing that type of offense,” Shackelford said.

The Red Devils netted just 99 yards rushing, averaging .6 yard per carry.

Shackelford said most all of his defense was exceptional, but praised the play of linebacker Caden Harrell and lineman Ryan Baker.

Harrell had a team-high 13 tackles, 2.5 for a loss.

Baker added six tackles.

Bryce Miller added 11 tackles and Sam Brown

10. They combined for 4.5 tackles.