Canadian’s Grant McCook leaps in for a touchdown during the first quarter of a Class 3A Division II regional semifinal against Cisco on Friday on Leo Brittain Field at Lions Stadium. [Alan Hale/ For Press Pass Sports]
Head coach Chris Koetting wanted to see his Canadian Wildcats turn it up a notch entering the Class 3A Division II regional semifinals.
His team answered the bell, and then some.
Canadian scored 21 points on its opening 17 plays of the first quarter on the way to a rout of Cisco 55-28 on Friday afternoon on Leo Brittain Field at Lions Stadium in Vernon.
The score wasn’t as close as the score indicates.
The Wildcats jumped all over the Loboes (11-2) from the opening drive to the halftime whistle, opening a 41-0 lead.
“Our guys showed up,” Koetting said. “The first half was pretty amazing. Both sides of the ball were outstanding, and I couldn’t be happier. Our backups got in second half, so everyone got in. It was really good.”
Canadian scored on its first four plays of the game, capped off on a Grant McCook 4-yard sweep, putting the Wildcats up 7-0 with 10:31 left in the first.
After Cisco’s only stop, the Wildcats struck on the second play of their third possession when McCook found a wide open Tate Mitchell streaking down the sideline for a 63-yard score, extending the advantage 14-0, leaving the Loboes and their fans in silence.
I was a little surprised to get off to that start,” Koetting said. “Cisco is an amazing program, and they instill winning. But all I can say is i’m happy to be going to next round.”
Canadian was in total domination by halftime. At the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats had racked up 230 total yards, while Cisco was still looking for a first down. The
The Wildcats defense forced and recovered four Loboes fumbles on Friday. [Michael Kerrigan/ Press Pass Sports]
Wildcat defense was hard-hitting, forcing two first half fumbles that resulted in points, and totaled four fumbles for the game.
By halftime, Canadian had racked up 336 yards to Cisco’s 100.
McCook ended his day going 9 of 14 for 226 yards with two touchdown tosses. He added 59 yards on the ground with three more scores.
Jake Kreihbiel and Hayze Hufstedler did damage on the ground. Kreibhiel carried it eight times for 84 yards, with Hufstedler adding 84 yards.
The No. 1-ranked Wildcats are now 13-0 and headed to the state quarterfinals for a seventh straight year.
Canadian gets a rematch with Abernathy in the quarters, at 7 p.m. Friday on J Ferg Field at Buffaloes Stadium in Canyon.
The Antelopes (12-1) made quick work of Friona 62-14 on Friday at PlainsCapital Park-Lowrey Field in Lubbock. Quarterback Bryson Daily had 250 yards rushing against the Chieftains (9-3) with five rushing TDs.
Canadian 55, Cisco 28
Canadian 21 20 7 7 — 55
Cisco 7 21 — 28
CAN —Grant McCook 3 run (Edgar Salazar kick), 10:31
CAN —Tate Mitchell 66 pass from McCook (Salazar kick), 6:30
CAN —Jake Krehbiel 1 run (Salazar kick), 2:32
CAN —McCook 5 run (Salazar kick), 11:33
CAN —Salazar 29 field goal, 5:51
CAN —Salazar 38 field goal, 3:26
CAN —Mitchell 14 pass from McCook (Salazar kick), 1:10
CAN —McCook 1 run (Salazar kick), 8:41
CIS —Dawson White 39 pass from Gibson Hearne (Layne Edgar kick), 4:47
CIS —Stanley Callahan 30 run (Edgar kick), 11:31
CIS —Hearne 69 run (Edgar kick), 8:33
CAN —Krehbiel 75 run (Salazar kick), 8:14
CIS —Hearne 43 run (Edgar kick), 3:38
First downs 23 16
Rushes-Yards 41-276 46-312
Passing Yards 238 101
Total Yards 514 413
C-A-I 10-21-1 7-19-0
Punts-avg. 3-37.3 5-36
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-4
Penalties-yds 6-50 4-20
RUSHING —Canadian: Jake Krehbiel 8-110, Hayze Hufstedler 10-80, Grant McCook 16-55, Ethan Jackson 4-30, Landon Smith 2-2, Israel Guerrero 1-(minus-1). Cisco: Gibson Hearne 13-162, Stanley Callahan 19-72, Isaac Acosta 4-29, Andrew Acosta 2-29, Hunter Long 4-8, Stephen Bird 1-6, Jailynn Humphries 2-5, Cam Nichols 1-1.
PASSING —Canadian: McCook 8-13-0—218, Josh Culwell 2-8-1—20. Cisco: Hearne 7-17-0—101, Long 0-1-0—0, Team 0-1-0—0.
RECEIVING — Canadian: Twister Kelton 4-87, Tate Mitchell 2-80, Hufstedler 1-33, Gary Anderson 2-20, Reagan Cochran 1-18. Cisco: Dawson White 3-36, Bird 2-29, Callahan 1-26, Haven Will 1-10.