Cass capitalize off of turnovers in victory
by Staff Report
Sep 15, 2013 | 810 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High has a lot of players who stood out Friday night through their individual performances, but it was the team’s overall performance that drew coach Rick Casko’s praise immediately after the game.

“It was really a total team victory,” Casko said.

The veteran coach’s remarks could not have been more on the mark since the units on both sides of the ball made major contributions to the team’s 43-7 victory over Heritage, Catoosa.

The Colonels’ offense scored the team’s first touchdown with a quick drive made possible by a brilliant special teams play that saw Chris Morton field a punt, fake a handoff and run 58 yards downfield to set the Cass offense up in business at Heritage’s 14-yard line. It scored three plays later.

Three of the next five touchdowns and a field goal came after the offense capitalized the next series from turnovers caused by the defense. The Colonels’ defense scored the two remaining touchdowns.

The offense played a big role in the victory, too, with contributions from several playmakers. Those standouts included Chris Morton, who was on the receiving end of a 78-yard pass play, and freshman quarterback Trevor Lowe, who delivered the pass.

The defense had brilliant plays, too.

None of those contributors shone more brightly than Keylon Woodard, who intercepted three passes, including one he ran back 34 yards for a touchdown. Woodard ran back his final interception of the night 46 yards, from the Cass 24 to the Heritage 30, where he was shoved out of bounds while leaving the Colonels offense just on the outskirts of the red zone. Six plays later the Cass offense took advantage of the turnover and took a 30-0 lead. Woodard tacked on 12 yards his first interception, giving him 92 yards in returns after his interceptions.

Casko praised both Morton’s inspired play and Woodard’s three-interception night.

He said Woodard’s play is due in large part to the effort he continues to put in on the practice field.

“He works hard to keep getting better,” Casko said.

The coach said Woodard is a student of the game.

“He positions himself well and was able to get a jump on the ball,” Casko said.