Wesley Rigdon’s Play on Offense + Defense Send Cayuga to OT Playoff Win
JOSHUA — It took a one-on-one tackle at the goal line, but the Cayuga football team is back in the playoff win column.
Cayuga junior Wesley Rigdon stopped San Saba quarterback Kelan Verette as Verette tried to twist into the end zone, capping a 28-21, overtime victory for the Wildcats in their Class A Division I Region II bi-district playoffs at Owl Stadium.
Cayuga opened the scoring with a touchdown of its own on a 10-yard run by D’onte Jackson.
The Wildcats (8-3) take on Lindsay (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Burleson.
San Saba put together a 14-point comeback in the second half of the fourth quarter with running back Garrett Hartranft scoring two of his three touchdowns in the frame.
The first came with eight minutes to play and capped a drive that saw the Armadillos start with a short field because of a bad Cayuga punt.
Hartranft finished off the 28-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run on an option-pitch from Verette to make it 21-14 Cayuga.
He scored with two minutes to play from a yard out, pulling the Armadillos even for the first time since there were eight minutes to play in the first quarter.
But, Cayuga had time to try and move into position for a game-winning play in regulation, and the Wildcats did just that.
Behind the running of Chandler Rigdon, and a key personal-foul penalty on a late hit, the Wildcats set up kicker Drew Slater for a 32-yard try as time expired.
But, San Saba broke through the line, blocking the kick and forcing the extra frame.
Cayuga opened the game with a defensive stop and a touchdown drive, opened by a 32-yard scamber from Rigdon and capped when he hit Pat Boxie on a 33-yard touchdown pass to put Cayuga up 7-0.
Cayuga made it 14-0 when Rigdon submitted his highlight-reel play of the night, running 51 yards, breaking tackles and completely reversing his field before going in for the score.
Rigdon finished the game with 225 yards rushing on 25 carries, while Wesley Rigdon had 54 yards on seven carries.
Hartranft had 136 yards rushing and his three scores, while Verette added 120 yards of total offense, 60 both rushing and passing.