Cache rolls over Elgin
CACHE Bring the Battle of the Wichitas trophy back to the west.
The Cache Bulldogs seized the hardware and the bragging rights back in a 21-6 win over rival Elgin Friday night at Ulrich Stadium.
After receiving the Battle of the Wichitas trophy, each and every Bulldog on the Cache football team was grinning from ear to ear as they were wrapped arm-in-arm while chanting C-A-C-H-E and singing their school fight song along with the Cache faithful in the stands.
Cache coach Faron Griffin said that in the summer and early this season there was plenty of talk about avenging last year's 8-7 loss to Elgin in overtime, but this week it was barely brought up.
"I knew it was in their mind. I didn't have to say anything," Griffin said. "They were really intense in practice, and we had two of the most intense practices ever here. They fought hard all week and I knew we were going to have a good ball game tonight because of it."
Indeed, Cache meant business as the Bulldogs' defense tallied six sacks, snagged three interceptions and snuffed out the run holding Elgin star running back Lewis Shepherd to just 62 yards and no touchdowns on 18 carries.
Cache (4-1, 2-0 4A-1) has given up a mere 12 points on its three-game winning streak.
"Anytime you're in a big ball game, turnovers are a factor and you want to be on the positive side of that," Griffin said. "I couldn't be happier with our defense."
Cache senior defensive back Devin Pauley had himself a hat trick, coming down with all three interceptions. The senior picked off the first on Elgin quarterback Braeden Shackelford's first pass attempt of the game. The ball was tipped and floated into the senior's hands.
Pauley's pick set up Cache in the red zone and quarterback Jayden Garcia scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 3:17 in the first.
At halftime, Cache led only 7-0 in a game that featured only 154 yards of total offense combined and it appeared the game would run a similar course to last year's low-scoring affair.
Cache got the ball rolling, but not before a Hayden Nunley 45-yard touchdown run was wiped off the board due to a late clipping call.
"We had to get behind each other, tap each other on the butt and say, 'We gotta keep going," Cache running back Grant Goodman said. "We have to keep driving. We can't let them come back in this game. You know they're our rivals so they're gonna try to come back and get us. We just had to keep pushing forward."
The Bulldogs did exactly that. Rather than mourn the points taken off the board, the Cache offense marched back down the field on a methodical drive capped off by Goodman's five-yard touchdown run to give Cache a 14-0 lead with 4:07 in the third.
"It was huge. Our kids told me at halftime, they could whip 'em up front," Griffin said. "They said, 'Coach, keep pounding the football.' We came back out after that penalty and I said, 'Guys, we're just gonna stick it to 'em.' Our team responded really well."
Elgin finally got on the board when Shackelford who completed 10 passes for 139 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions found Pepper Ferrell wide open for a 30-yard touchdown pass down the seam. That capped off a 74-yard drive to cut into the Cache lead, 14-6 at the start of the fourth.