Associated Press Wire Report
Coleman Bentley passed for 405 yards and five touchdowns Saturday afternoon, leading the Canadian Wildcats to a 40-25 win over Elysian Fields in the Class 2A Division II state championship game at Gordon Wood Stadium.
In winning its first state title, Canadian (15-1) also ended a drought for Texas Panhandle football, becoming the first team from the area above the Class A level to win state since Dumas (Class 3A) crown in 1962. Canadian’s title also was the Panhandle area’s first at the 2A level since White Deer won in 1958.
Elysian Fields (14-2) was denied its first state title, losing for the third time in 10 years in the 2A Division II championship game.
Bentley threw three touchdown passes to Alex Reyes, who finished with seven catches for 149 yards, and one TD each to Danny Reyes and Tim Brock. Danny Reyes also ran 12 yards for a touchdown while Canadian was scoring 33 straight points to rally from an early 13-0 deficit to take a 33-13 halftime lead.
Clay Cockrell finished with 192 yards rushing and receiving combined, including a 90-yard run that set up one of the Wildcats’ four second-quarter touchdowns. Canadian gained 539 total yards against an Elysian Fields defense that came in allowing 6.3 points.
The Yellow Jackets managed a modest 242 offensive yards, but they converted five Canadian turnovers into three touchdowns, including two scores 19 seconds apart in the third quarter. Joel Rose’s interception set up Justin Alkire’s 2-yard scoring run. Then, defensive end Kyle Kriegel scored on a 37-yard fumble return, rallying the Jackets to within 33-25 with 8:17 left in the third quarter.
Bentley’s 59-yard touchdown pass to Alex Reyes extended Canadian’s lead to 40-25 with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Moments later, the Wildcats’ defense stopped running back Joe Benefield on a fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line, protecting Canadian’s 40-25 lead.
Benefield ran for 68 yards and a TD, and Tim Curry passed for 95 yards and a score for Elysian Fields.