FROST – Cayuga used a crushing ground game to beat Frost 32-0 in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
The Wildcats (1-0) ran 55 times for 361 yards and four touchdowns. Casen Grasch led the way with 106 yards on 17 carries and two touchdown runs. He also caught a touchdown pass.
While penalties plagued both teams, the Polar Bears (0-1) missed some opportunities early in the game.QB Antoni Alvarado had trouble hitting receivers with continuous pressure from the Cayuga defensive line. Alvarado was sacked three times.
When the offense gained ground and seeming a surge of momentum, penalties negated the gain. Frost lost 85 yards due to seven penalties.
Though Cayuga had 13 penalties for 100 yards, the Wildcats bounced back with timely big plays. In the first quarter, starting a drive at their own 13-yard line and overcoming a false start and two holding penalties, they ran eight times to push the ball to the 48-yard line. Caden Mullican then hit Grasch running a wheel route around left end for a 52-yard touchdown pass and an 8-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Cayuga sustained another long scoring drive. Starting at their own 12-yard line, the Wildcats ran 10 consecutive times using six different backs. Mullican plunged over the goal line from one yard out putting Cayuga up 14-0.
Alvarado hit WR JD Hendricks on a 34-yard strike, and Bears offense sparked. Three plays later they lost the ball on a fumbled snap.
The Bears defense held Cayuga and forced a punt. With under a minute until halftime, tailback Ramon Manrriquez took a pitchback around left end, cut inside, cut back outside, and was pushed out-of-bounds after a 24-yard gain. On the next play, Manrriquez slipped as a hole opened around right end. On second down and 13, Marriquez took the pitchback and rolled right. He avoided a tackler and then attempted a pass, but he was hit while in his throwing motion. He received medical attention on the field, and he was sent to a hospital.
He finished with 40 yards rushing on seven carries. Meanwhile, officials ran off 10 seconds due to an offensive injury and ended the first half.
Cayuga opened the second half with an 18-play drive that covered 67-yards. The drive ate 8:20 off the clock and featured a fourth down conversion. When Grasch toted the ball 4 yards around his right end, the Wildcats were up 26-0.
Alvarado, completed 8 of 16 passes for 73 yards on the night,and seemed to spark the Polar Bears late in the third quarter. On first-and-10 from the Frost 47-yard line, he connected with Preston Rasco along the right sideline for 18 yards. However, the play was negated by a penalty. Three plays later Frost was forced to punt.
Cayuga capped off the 32-0 victory with a three-yard Kaden Joyce run early in the fourth quarter