Oklahoma Class A football: Cashion advances to semifinals with dominant win against Woodland
CASHION — Cashion quarterback Ben Harman faked a handoff and fired a bullet to Landon Lagasse.
As Lagasse cut inside on the slant route, Harman’s throw was perfectly placed between a pair of Woodland defenders near the goal line.
Lagasse made the catch, scoring a 6-yard touchdown on Cashion’s opening drive and setting the stage for a dominant game for the junior duo.
Harman and Lagasse connected for three touchdowns in the first half, and Cashion rolled to a 41-22 victory against Woodland in the Class A quarterfinals Friday night. The Wildcats will play Pawhuska (12-0) in the semifinals next week.
Harman finished 13-of-29 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns.
He had a great connection throughout the night with Lagasse, who had six catches for 146 yards.
Woodland’s defense placed an emphasis on stopping star senior wide receiver Brexten Green. That left Lagasse with opportunities to make plays.
“He’s athletic and can run and jump and catch,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “When you leave him out there one on one, he’s good enough to take advantage of that.”
Lagasse hadn’t played high school football until last year. He’s quickly become one of Cashion’s (14-0) top receivers, and his on-field chemistry with Harman continues to grow.
“We’ve been great friends since third grade,” Lagasse said. “Over the summer, we probably threw routes about four times a week. That really helped our chemistry.”
Along with Harman and Lagasse, senior running back Caden Harrell was outstanding in the first half for Cashion, which lost to Ringling in the state title game last year.
A powerful runner and a standout linebacker, Harrell finished with 17 carries for 182 yards and two scores. All but one of his rushing attempts were in the opening half.
Woodland (12-2), which is in Fairfax and roughly 65 miles northwest of Tulsa, was held scoreless until Nate Lockert returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Lockert, a quarterback, ran for two scores in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.