Late Canadian rally falls short in Wildcat's 21-16 loss to Newton in state title game


    The Canadian Wildcats fell 21-16 to Newton in the Class 3A Division II state championship game at AT&T Stadium on Thursday. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Amanda Atwell)

    Football is a game of inches and that was never more true than in the No. 3 Canadian Wildcats in their 21-16 defeat in the Class 3A Division II state title game against the No. 1 Newton Eagles on Thursday at AT&T Stadium.

    The game came down to the last play as Canadian quarterback Casen Cavalier threw an interception at the goal line to seal the Eagles second consecutive state title and fifth in school history.

    After Newton struck first on its second drive, Cavalier threw a pick-six to give the Eagles an early 14-0 lead. On the ensuing Wildcat drive, a fumble set up Newton in prime position as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the break.

    However, proving that football is a game of two halves, the Wildcats mounted a furious comeback in the second half with a touchdown on a quarterback draw early in the third and two point conversion, that was set up by a safety where the Canadian defense forced an intentional grounding call in the Eagles end zone to make it a 21-10 game.

    In the fourth, the Wildcats continued putting the pressure on the Eagles as Cavalier to Grant McCook with 3:12 left in the game. However, Canadian's two point try fell incomplete leaving the score 21-16 in favor of the Eagles.

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