The first quarter seemed to set the stage for a quiet scoring night as the Kings were nursing a 7-0 lead 12 minutes in, but the second quarter told quite a different story, as Cass and Eastern traded big plays and scores back and forth through the stanza.
The Comets tied it at 7 following Caleb Aaron’s three-yard scamper. Cass responded with a two-play drive culminating with Welch’s 50-yard run.
Eastern came up big on its next possession when junior signal caller Austin Bates hooked up with Cree Johnston on a third-and-eight from the Cass 25 for a score. The Kings answered 1:14 later with Wilburn’s first TD run of the game, a 24-yard scamper, but Cass missed the PAT, settling for a 20-14 lead.
Just :20 later, Bates and Johnston hooked up on a 64-touchdown bomb, the point after giving the Comets their first and only lead of the contest.
“I thought Austin did a great job,” Edwards said. “He controlled our offense, managed the clock well and executed our passing game very well.”
Bates finished 18-32-2 for 261 yards. He also led the Comets ground game with 101 yards on 22 carries.
Johnston finished with 133 yards and two touchdowns on seven grabs. Braden Gibson had five catches for 43 yards, while Will Porter had 50 yards on four grabs.
Payton Young finished with 90 yards on nine carries for Cass. Wilburn finished with 76 yards on the ground while McGehee ran for 71.