Elgin wins Wichitas
ELGIN It was an under-thrown ball and Brett Lorah knew it.
But it didn't matter.
Elgin receiver Jake Castlebury positioned himself perfectly to haul in Lorah's pass for a 35-yard touchdown with 3:56 left in regulation, lifting Elgin to its first win of the season with a 29-26 triumph Thursday over Cache in the Battle of the Wichitas.
"We were just looking for a great play from Jake there. It was definitely under-thrown. I saw (Castlebury) in front a little bit and I just had so much confidence in him that he was going to catch it," said Lorah, who finished 15-of-20 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
Elgin (1-6, 1-3) closed Cache's overall lead in the series to 17-16, with much thanks to Castlebury. The senior finished with nine catches for 112 yards and his late touchdown provided the ultimate game-winning score. The teams traded the lead four times.
"We knew we needed the long ball. We had to put it away and get up. It was a good ball and I adjusted and caught it," said Castlebury, who, during the key drive, hauled in a one-handed catch for 16 yards on a 3rd-and-10.
Lorah and Castlebury's chemistry was evident.
"We were able to run the ball a little bit, but whenever we had to have it, Brett Lorah and Jake Castlebury made plays together," Elgin coach Jason Cunningham said. "I'm just really proud of our kids, how hard they played. Not having a win all season, it would have been easy for them to not practice hard and not prepare."
Junior running back Josh Wells ran 11 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns, both of more than 15 yards.
"He's just getting better and better. He's a receiver we moved to running back. He's got great vision and he's a great kid," Cunningham said.
Cache quarterback Terrance Young, who had been bothered by an ankle injury, entered the game on the second possession to replace Matt Seratte. Young was 14-of-24 passing for 185 yards and accounted for three of Cache's four scores. His nine-yard TD run with 6:54 left in the third quarter gave Cache a 19-14 lead after the Bulldogs (2-5, 0-4) trailed 14-0 early.