Wildcats hammer Miller Career Academy

Thursday, September 28, 2006
Cheerin' on the 'Cats Superfan Jordan Bailey helps pump up the crowd before the Wildcats game against Miller Academy Friday night. Photo by Robert Hoppie/Action Sports Photo (b)

Last Friday night, the Cassville Wildcats took on a new foe in Miller Career Academy, from St. Louis. Cassville was left wondering what to expect, having never played this team before.

Career was supposed to have what looked like a Division 1 type of receiver on their team as well as many other top-notch athletes. However when it came down to it Friday night, winning would not be measured in athleticism, but in discipline.

Cassville started with their running game to test Career. This would work very well for Cassville, as the Wildcats were able to score twice in the first quarter; one from Brian Elkins and the other from Lane Stubblefield.

Despite their athleticism, Career could simply not get anything going in the first quarter and was not able to score.

In the second quarter, Cassville again relied on their running game and were able to get two more touchdowns, these both on the back of Elkins. Again Career would not be able to produce much and again was left scoreless, leaving Cassville with a 28-0 half-time lead.

In the third quarter, both teams could not get the ball into the end zone. The fourth quarter would bring a little more action with a touchdown from both teams.

Cassville scored on another Elkins carry and Career was able to score on a bad hike that went sailing over the Wildcat punter's head and into the end zone. This brought the score to 35-6 in Cassville's favor, giving Cassville another lopsided victory.

Helping the Wildcats this week were Brian Elkins who rushed 26 times for a gain of 119 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw one pass for a completion of 46 yards. Lane Stubblefield rushed four times for 16 yards and a touchdown. Tim Orrell would also have a nice night running the ball for 81 yards on nine attempts. Danny Naugle also ran well, picking up 51 yards on 13 carries. Michael Baker caught one pass for 46 yards.

Defensively, the 'Cats looked in fine form. Senior Nick Pianalto looked like the All-State player he was last year as he led the defense with eight unassisted tackles, four tackles for a loss and one sack. Dannon Rose also did well coming up with five unassisted tackles, one assisted tackle and one interception. Others who looked good were Cory Howard, who had three unassisted tackles and one interception, Ethan Couch, who gathered five unassisted tackles, and Ryan Newman and Ryan Rowley, who each tallied one fumble recovery.

Aaron Jamieson was perfect again in placing kicking, hitting five of five extra points on the night. He also kicked off six times with an average of 55.8 yards per kick. Stubblefield punted once for 41 yards.

All in all, the Wildcats played a solid game and showed Miller Career Academy what discipline and hard work are all about.

The 'Cats face Aurora next week in a home game, which also happens to be homecoming. Aurora, in their first game of the season, upset a state-ranked Class 2 team in Strafford but have since fallen off, losing their last three.

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