Canadian Wildcats vs. Gunter Tigers
Canadian 17, Gunter 7
In an era of high-scoring, high-flying offenses, defense was the word of the day in this 3AD2 State Semifinal game.
Gunter recorded 255 yards of total offense to Canadian’s 263 yards of total offense.
Canadian scored all the points they would need in the 1st quarter. Casen Cavalier twice connected with Garrison McCook for touchdown passes in the quarter. The first was a 26-yard pass with 5:44 remaining in the quarter. The second was a 3-yard pass wiath 2:44 remaining in the quarter.
Gunter would cut the Wildcats lead to 14-7 on a 18-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Everson to Peyton Lowe with 2:31 remaining in the first half.
Canadian would add 21-yard field goal from Edgar Salazar with 2:31 remaining in the 3rd quarter to push the lead to 17-7 and produce the final score.
Cavalier would lead the Wildcats in passing completing 20 of 32 passes for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns and in rushing with 41 yards and 19 carries. McCook was the leading receiver for the Wildcats with 118 yards receiving on 13 receptions.
For the Tigers Dylan Jantz would be the leading rusher with 62 yards on 12 carries. Ethan Everson completed 13 of 35 passes for 138 yards and 1 touchdown. Colby Brown was the Tigers’ leading receiver with 3 receptions for 432 yards.
Newton Eagles vs. East Bernard Brahmas
Newton 21, East Bernard 14
The Newton Eagles entered this game, and the season, as prohibitive favorites. But they need a late score to advance to the State Championship this week in Arlington.
East Bernard got of the board first with 26 seconds remaining in the 1st quarter on a 1-yard run from Hunter Goudeau to take a 7-0 lead.
Newton answered back with 8:28 remaining in the 2nd quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run for Valdarion Fowler to tie the game at 7.
Newton took a 14-7 lead with 6:43 remaining in the 3rd quarter on a 36-yard run from Darwin Barlow.
East Bernard tied the game at 14 with 2:08 remaining in the game on a 3-yard touchdown run from Kameron Matthews. The run capped a 17-play, 96-yard drive that ate over 9 minutes off the clock.
Newton then drove the field and scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run from Barlow with 13 seconds remaining in the game.
Newton had been averaging 505 yards total offense per game for the season and was held to 253 yards total offense.
East Bernard recorded 114 yards of total offense.