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Cache surprises Elgin early, rolls to 49-14 victory

CACHE — From the opening kickoff, Cache made its intentions clear. The Bulldogs would impose their will on Elgin until a third consecutive victory in the Battle of the Wichitas was all but certain.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, that moment came sooner rather than later.

Behind some tricks, wrinkles and brilliant execution, Cache got up on rival Elgin early and stayed there, handling the Owls 49-14 Friday night at Ulrich Stadium.

With Clinton’s loss to Chickasha and Weatherford’s win over Newcastle, Cache’s game at Clinton next week is for second place in District 4A-1, as well as a home playoff game. The winner of Elgin’s game against Newcastle will claim a playoff spot.

Rather than letting kicker Ralph Fawaz boot the kick into the end zone, Cache head coach Faron Griffin called for a surprise onside kick. Fawaz executed it beautifully, squibbing the kick just past the necessary 10 yards and falling on the ball to recover it. Four plays later, quarterback Hunter Glenn found Phoenix Medina for a 33-yard touchdown pass. And while some coaches put wrinkles in during the week, Griffin didn’t decide to unleash the surprise kick until about four hours before kickoff.

“I got to thinking about it around 3 p.m. today,” Griffin said. “I felt like if they lined up a certain way, I was gonna give Ralph the thumbs up to do it. They did, he did it and executed it well.”

On Elgin’s first offensive play, Cache’s Kierce Franzen punched the ball out of Austyn Madison’s hands and Daniel Spaulding pounced on the ball at the Owls 22 yard line to give the Bulldogs yet another possession. Three plays later, Hunter Tate took an end-around 10 yards for a touchdown to make the score 14-0 with just 2:32 gone off the clock.

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