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Oklahoma high school football: Ben Harman’s 3 TDs leads Cashion past Thomas

CASHION – Mason Manning didn’t have time to do much when the pass hit his hands.

A Thomas defender immediately hit him with a big blow, but Manning, a junior wide receiver, kept his feet. He turned to the outside and ran up the left sideline, stiff arming one tackler and juking out another, watching as the defender flew past him to the sideline, before sprinting to the end zone.

Cashion’s sideline and stands went crazy. Manning’s second touchdown reception of the night was the final strike in the Class A No. 2 Wildcats’ 28-7 win against No. 4 Thomas on Friday at Maxon Field. Manning finished with three receptions for 76 yards and two scores and was one of three receivers who excelled for Cashion.

Senior Brexten Green had seven catches for 98 yards while junior Landon Lagasse had three receptions for 80 yards and a score. Junior quarterback Ben Harman finished with 269 passing yards and three scores.

Even with two interceptions, Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford was impressed with Harman.

“Some of the things we were asking him to do, making reads off the run game and stuff, I thought he did a really good job with what we asked him to do,” Shackelford said. “He gave us the opportunity to be ahead throughout the game.”

Manning opened the scoring on Cashion’s first drive with a 22-yard catch and run for a score. The Wildcats (4-0) then forced Thomas to punt. Three plays later, Harman found Lagasse for a 48-yard touchdown strike. 

Thomas settled in and went on a long drive, with two long passes being the difference. Quarterback Jaxon Ward found Noah Rainwater for Thomas’ only score on an 11-yard fade in the second quarter. 

Cashion led 14-7 at half and the teams traded punts in the third quarter and couldn’t establish much offense, but the Wildcats’ scored on the first play of the fourth quarter when Caden Harrell barreled into the end zone from 2 yards out. 

He finished with 63 yards on 13 carries. 

Cashion, though younger on the offensive and defensive line, did well keeping Thomas star lineman Aden Kelley quiet. The Oklahoma State commit had a couple of tackles for loss, but he didn’t disrupt many plays defensively. 

On defense, Cashion held Thomas (1-1) to 83 rushing yards on 34 carries. 

Cashion enters district play looking as if it could be the state’s best team in Class A, but Shackelford says there’s more work left.

“We’ve got a chance to be a really good offense,” Shackelford said, “and this has got a chance to be the best defense we’ve had. We can lean on it when we need to. There was a couple times tonight we did and they came through.”

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Cashion's Ben Harman throws a pass during the high school football game between Cashion and Thomas at Cashion High School in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Cashion's Ben Harman throws a pass during the high school football game between Cashion and Thomas at Cashion High School in Cashion, Okla., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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