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Verdigris senior receiver Toby Willis (2) makes a catch along the sideline against No. 4 Perkins- Tryon in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday night. Willis finished with 191 yards receiving and three touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 42-28 win. Verdigris plays No. 3 Plainview in the semis.

VERDIGRIS — The Cardinals will be practicing on Thanksgiving Day.

Verdigris shocked No. 4 Perkins-Tryon and its stout defense, racking up 481 yards on the way to a 42-28 win in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday night.

The seventh-ranked Cardinals (10-2) will play No. 3 Plainview in the semifinals on either Friday or Saturday next week. The Indians (10-1) dismantled No. 8 Checotah, 58-34, to advance.

The Demons (10-2) came into the contest with the second-ranked defense in the class, surrendering only 10.2 points per game. 

However, Dylan White picked P-T apart though the air, completing 17 of 23 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns.

His favorite target, Toby Willis, caught seven of those throws for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

At halftime, Willis had more receiving yards (162) than the Demons had total yards (147).

P-T finished with 310 yards.

Ty Moore also caught a touchdown pass, finishing with 127 yards on four receptions. He also notched an interception on P-T's first drive of the game.

Meanwhile, Verdigris running back Caden Parnell rushed for 93 yards and a score on 23 carries.

Demons quarterback Austin Mages had thrown only four interceptions all year, but he tossed two more to the Cardinal defense.

Carson Calvert notched one of those picks in the end zone with P-T deep in Cardinal territory, returning it 70 yards to the Demon 30-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Mages completed only 6 of 15 passes for 67 yards, but he also rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries.

P-T running back Ayron Lawson tallied 16 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Check back this weekend for the full story—including thoughts from Verdigris coach Travis East and several players—from Progress sports editor Kevin Green.

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