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Chisholm shows pride in 35-22 loss to Perry | National News




October 28 – NORTH ENID, Okla. – Forget the final score – Perry 35, Chisholm 22, at Longhorn Community Stadium on Thursday.

Longhorn fans could be buzzing with excitement from the final period when Chisholm’s Jackson Caudell caught 62-yard TD passes from Kelson Hamilton and 12 yards from Greyden Wasinger and tackled Perry quarterback Jake Thomas for a safety .

Chisholm kicker Auden Burd delivered two onside kicks, the second of which the Longhorns recovered at Perry 49 and led to the six where they were stopped with 2:06 remaining.

Caudell intercepted a pass in the third quarter

“In the dressing room, I thought to myself that this half should be personal for my seniors (who were playing their last game at home),” Caudell said. “They’ve been with me all the way.”

For Chisholm freshman coach Kimes Gilbert, it was a step toward building a program for the future. The Longhorns fell to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in District 2A-1. Perry is now 3-6, 2-4.

“Absolutely,” he said. “For us, it’s playing to our standards. The scoreboard doesn’t matter. All that matters is expecting your best on every try and every rep. We continued to beating and pushing. We kept fighting and making plays. I was proud of the effort.”

Chisholm returned after starting quarterback Gunnar Holder suffered an injury late in the third quarter. Holder joined Brandon Taylor on a 63-yard touchdown pass in the second period.

“They both threw the ball well,” Caudell said.

Gilbert said Holder’s injury was not serious.

“He’ll be fine,” he said. “He’s a tough boy.”

Gilbert said he played Hamilton and Wasinger “to see different kids.”

Caudell caught Hamilton’s pass at the Perry 40 and edged the Maroon defense into the end zone.

Perry stopped consecutive drives with interceptions, but Chisholm forced punts both times.

Caudell’s second touchdown was set up by a 66-yard run from Braden Flanagan to the Perry 13. A play later, Wasinger hit Caudell for the touchdown.

“I think success is contagious,” Gilbert said. “You’re successful and you get some momentum and that gets you rolling. It was hard for us to run the ball because they were loading the box, but we were throwing the ball (284 yards) and we were able to have some success there.”

After Perry held the Longhorns inside the five, Caudell threw Jake Thomas for a safety with 1:06 to go.

“Jackson Caudell was flying around and making plays,” Gilbert said.

“I just read my hole,” Caudell said.

Burd, who will compete in the national cross country meet on Saturday, did a good job showing off her kicks, Gilbert said.

“We work on it every week,” he said. “It’s a difficult kick to recover.”

Perry was able to take the lead thanks to special team opportunism and big offensive plays.

In Chisholm’s second set, punter Nick Barker was tackled alone after a bad snap. Two plays later, Thomas hit Jackson Stoops on a three-yard pass.

A punt that cost no yards from the CHS six set up Perry’s final touchdown — a six-yard run from Andrew Kukuk with 5:29 left in the third period.

The Maroons scored three touchdowns in the second period on a 53-yard run from Kukuk, a 13-yard pass from Thomas to Trey Bowman that was set up by back-to-back 12-yard runs by Thomas and 25 by Kukuk and a nine-yard run yards by Bowman with 1:30 left in the half that was set up by a 28-yard run from Thomas on a third-and-10 at CHS 37.

“Overall, I was proud of the way we fought defensively,” Gilbert said. “The first punt was a missed snap and the other was just a bad kick.”

It was the last home game for seniors Jaron Dodson, Randy Rossal, Lucas Easter, Alex Geesling, Cooper Ridgway and Samantha Grimes.

“This group has been through a lot (0-10 season last year),” Gilbert said. “It was tough, but they stuck with it. I’m very grateful to those guys.”

Chisholm concludes the season at Oklahoma Christian School next Friday.

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