Special to the Progress
The Catoosa Indians got off to a great start en route to a 43-14 victory over Tulsa Cascia Hall in the first round of the class 4A playoffs Friday night at Ray Siegfried II Stadium.
The Indians (8-3) will play at second-ranked Anadarko in the quarterfinals on Friday. Catoosa avenged a 35-17 loss to the Commandos (9-2) in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
The Indians jumped out to a 21-0 lead just over five minutes into the game. They also used a stout running game as they churned out 283 yards on the ground.
"We came out hot and stayed that way for four quarters," said Catoosa head coach Aaron Meier. "I thought the line played lights out on both sides. We had a plan and the kids executed. I am very proud of them."
Catoosa needed just 87 seconds and three plays to draw first blood. Devon Hemphill did the honors with an 85-yard touchdown run.
The Indians made it 14-0 after a 9-yard touchdown run from Hagen Harrison with 7:35 remaining the first quarter.
That score came three plays after Tre Harvey returned an interception 24 yards to the Cascia Hall 20 yard line.
Catoosa's Nathan Varano then recovered a deep onside kick at the Commando 32 yard line.
Three plays later, Harvey caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Wilsey at the 6:39 mark of the first period.
"We have a lot of senior starters so we knew what he had to do," said Harvey. "We came out and played our hardest all four quarters."
The Inidans surrenedered a touchdown late in the first quarter but stretched their advantage back to 28-7 when Hagen Harrison scored from five yards out at the 8:05 mark of the second period.
The Commandos got a long touchdown run just 18 seconds later to get within 28-14.
From that point on, however, it was all Catoosa.
The Indians registered a safety just 90 seconds into the second half after an errant snap out of the end zone with Cascia Hall in punt formation.
Catoosa then went ahead 36-14 when Hunter Harrison scored on a 6-yard run with 8:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Hagen Harrison's 11-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left capped the scoring.
"The defense really got the offense rolling and we stayed strong and kept going," said Hagen Harrison.