Casady Holds Off Oakridge’s Late Surge: 20-16

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Pierce Sapper - Photographer

Friday Night Lights at Casady has never felt better. It was a big night for Casady Football. The Casady Cyclones played Oakridge last Friday and racked up a 20-16 victory in a defensive battle.

The Cyclones started off the game grabbing a 13-0 lead starting with a beautiful TD pass by Quarterback Ryan McNeill (’18). A powerful TD run by Reid Fisher (’17) extended the lead to two touchdowns to end the first quarter.

However, Oakridge responded with a touchdown, making the score 13-7 in the second quarter. The Cyclones put up another touchdown, taking a 20-7 lead. Little did they know that was the last TD they would score in the game. The halftime score was 20-14.

The second half was full of controversial calls and defense. Things especially got interesting toward the end of the fourth quarter. The Cyclones kept their 20-14 lead all throughout the second half, however Oakridge took the ball with about five minutes left.

The team drove to ball to Casady’s 40 yard line. However, the Cyclones’ defense forced a fourth down and stopped Oakridge on the next play. Despite the stop, the referees called a Pass Interference and Oakridge got a new down of plays. Oakridge continued their drive into the Casady 10 yard line.

The tensions were very high in the Cyclones’ student section, as the game could take a turn for the worse. However, it was the Cyclones’ sophomore cornerback, Quinton Baden (’19), who came up with a clutch interception to seal the game. The Cyclones took over at their 1 yard line and eventually gave up a safety. Following that, the Cyclones’ defense came up clutch again stopping Oakridge’s potential game-winning drive with a little over a minute left.

Casady sealed their fate with a 20-16 victory against Oakridge. They rang the bell, and the night ended with the traditional chant, “SPC! SPC! SPC!”