By Joey Nosler
The Cassville Wildcats (7-0/4-0) traveled to East Newton (0-7/0-5) for a Big 8 Conference game and walked away with a 43-6 victory.
It was a game that Cassville dominated throughout. The Wildcats had 237 yards rushing compared to East Newton's 119. The Wildcats also had 86 yards giving them total yardage of 323. East Newton tallied 187 total yards of offense.
"East Newton is still an awful young team," said Coach David Large. "They have a lot of
freshmen and sophomores, so with us being an older group, you've got to play good early and we did, so I was proud of them. We had a fumble early that
could've let them score, but the defense played good to stop them and everyone played good throughout the whole game."
Cassville's first touchdown came off a 32-yard run by junior Brian Elkins, putting Wildcats up 7-0 after senior Nick Schlichtman kicked the field goal. Elkins visited the end zone for a second time with an one-yard run. The extra point kick was blocked.
Elkins tallied another touchdown in the first quarter off a four-yard run, and Cassville entered the second quarter with a 20-0 advantage.
Junior quarterback Tim Orrell passed to senior Scott Fitzpatrick for a 17-yard touchdown and then Elkins followed that up with a pass interception and 26-yard touchdown. Cassville's final touchdown of the game came in the second quarter off of a 26-yard run by Elkins, putting the Wildcats up 40-0 after a Schlichtman extra point.
In the third quarter, neither team would score, but that was short lived as senior Jason Bromley came into the game to kick a 25-yard field goal and give the Wildcats the 43-0 lead.
Cassville's hope for a shutout was halted after East Newton scored off of a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter. After a missed extra point attempt, the score was 43-6.
Thanks to the help of the offensive line, Elkins had 12 carries go for 157 yards and four touchdowns. Orrell went five-of-six for 79 yards and one touchdown, and freshman Jake Nolan went one-for-one for seven yards.
Two passes were completed to junior Michael Baker for 35 yards, one pass with Elkins for 20 yards, one pass with Fitzpatrick for 17 yards and one touchdown, one pass with junior Scott Prisk for seven yards, and one pass with sophomore Clint Reed for seven yards.
Defensively, junior Shelby Hollingsworth was a force to reckon with as he was credited with 10 tackles. He was followed closely by sophomore Dannon Rose who had nine tackles. Other notables on defense were: senior D.J. Meadows, who was credited with two tackles and one interception; senior Tony Sizemore, who was credited with three tackles and one interception; junior Jared Bouzek, who was credited with two tackles and one interception, and Elkins, who was credited with three tackles and one interception. Freshman Ethan Couch tallied four tackles, one being for a loss.
Special teams also did their job, as Jason Bromley had eight kick-offs for a total of 480 yards, an average of 60.0 yards, three punts for 177 yards, an average of 39.0 yards, and one field goal, a 25 yarder. Schlichtman went four-for-six in extra points.
When asked about last week's game, Fitzpatrick said, "We had a pretty good game all around. We had a couple of mistakes in the first half that they could've capitalized on, but we stopped them."
This Friday, Monett comes to Cassville for the district opener and what could be the biggest game of the year for both teams. Monett (6-1/ 4-0) is coming off of a 34-20 conference win against Lamar.
"We plan to go out there and have a great week's practice," said Hollingsworth, who was honored this week for his play on defense and offense. "We need to play our best game and come away with a win."