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Oklahoma Class A football: How Cashion and Thomas match up in state final

Cashion's Landon Lagasse makes a catch as Thomas's Caleb Rainwater defends during a game on Sept. 18. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Cashion's Landon Lagasse makes a catch as Thomas's Caleb Rainwater defends during a game on Sept. 18. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

No. 1 Cashion Wildcats (15-0) vs. No. 2 Thomas Terriers (12-1)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wantland Stadium, 100 N University Dr, Edmond

Live streaming: Available via the NFHS Network


Cashion: Lynn Shackelford (15th season)

Thomas: Bob Ward (14th season)

How they got here

Cashion: 56-6 against Wynnewood, 42-0 against Elmore City, 60-22 against Hooker, 41-22 against Woodland, 7-6 against Pawhuska

Thomas: 49-22 against Cordell, 44-8 against Tonkawa, 35-34 against Pawnee, 28-27 against Ringling

All-time record: Cashion leads, 3-1

Previous meeting: Cashion beat Thomas, 28-7, in 2020 nondistrict play

State championship history

Cashion: Three state titles in seven appearances, last appearance in 2019

Thomas: 10 state titles in 12 appearances, last appearance in 2014

Player to watch

Cashion: Caden Harrell, Sr., RB/LB: There is perhaps no player more fierce come game time across the state. Harrell is a bull in a china shop. He’s not afraid to run over you when he has the ball, and he’s not shy from contact when he’s on defense.

Thomas: Aden Kelley, Sr., OL/DL: The Oklahoma State signee is a monster to try and block. He fights off double and triple teams to make his way into the back field, and if he’s able to get going, Thomas’ defense will benefit.


Cashion: Control the line of scrimmage. Cashion was able to limit Kelley in the first matchup, and it paid off with a late scoring flurry to pull away. The Wildcats have myriad skill position players who can make impacts, but they have to control the line of scrimmage to win.

Thomas: Simple execution. Ward said Thomas has struggled with turnovers the past couple weeks in its one-point victories. If the Terriers can avoid big mistakes and play simple football, it could help propel them to yet another state title.

Cameron Jourdan, Staff writer

Reporter Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at or by using the link at the top of this page.

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 ›