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Wildcats are tri-Big 8 champions after Seneca win

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Wildcat football team claimed a share of the Big 8 Conference championship on Thursday night when they defeated Seneca 28-14 on the road.

The Wildcats got out in front quickly, scoring three times before half-time.
On Cassville's first possession, the squad ran a trick play. After hiking the ball, quarterback Jake Nolan gave it off to wide-receiver, Cory Howard, who was seemingly running a reverse around the end, but Howard never reached the end. Instead he dropped back and launched the ball to a wide open Ryan Rowley, who took it the rest of the way for a touchdown.
Seneca answered this score in the second quarter. Josh Day completed a 14-yard pass to Nathan Enyart, making the score 7-6 after a failed two-point conversion.
However, the Wildcats wasted no time extending their lead again as Lane Stubblefield hit a nine-yard touchdown run just two minutes later.
Cassville added even more points with another trick play at the end of the half. Nolan threw a pass to Michael Baker at approximately the 20-yard line. Instead of running the ball, Baker pitched the ball back to Rowley who took it the rest of the way in for the score, effectively completing the hook and ladder play.

In the second half, Seneca threatened the 'Cats by scoring again. Day completed two 20-yard passes and converted on a fourth down to help Seneca narrow Cassville's lead to 21-14, but the Wildcats remained resilient.

Nolan scored on a six-yard run to give Cassville the victory and final score of 28-14.

Rowley, a senior, had a terrific final game. The receiver scored half of Cassville's points. He caught a 59-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 20-yard rush/lateral.
Nolan also had a good night. The junior had 54 rushing yards with a score and 67 passing yards with another score.
Senior Laith Hayward led Cassville's backfield, rushing 19 times for 88 yards. Stubblefield also did well, amassing 30 yards and a touchdown.
Howard threw one pass in the contest for 59 yards and a touchdown and then caught two passes for 26 yards.

Defensively, Coach Large was impressed with Ethan Couch, who recorded 12 solo tackles and an interception that he almost returned for a touchdown. The junior also had two tackles for a loss.

Senior Dannon Rose, one of Cassville's other linebackers, had two tackles for a loss in the contest.

The Wildcat defensive line simply overpowered Seneca. Jacob Gouvion, Danny Naugle, Nathan Riehn and Kenneth Taft combined for four sacks, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery.
The Wildcats finish the season with an impressive 9-1 record overall and a Big 8 mark of 6-1.
"Anytime you don't make the playoffs it's disappointing," said Coach Large. "Nobody (at the beginning of the season) thought we would be one play away from 10-0, and that's a credit to these boys," Large added. touchdown pass and scored on a 20-yard rush/lateral.
Nolan also had a good night. The junior had 54 rushing yards with a score and 67 passing yards with another score.
Senior Laith Hayward led Cassville's backfield, rushing 19 times for 88 yards. Stubblefield also did well, amassing 30 yards and a touchdown.
Howard threw one pass in the contest for 59 yards and a touchdown and then caught two passes for 26 yards.

Defensively, Coach Large was impressed with Ethan Couch, who recorded 12 solo tackles and an interception that he almost returned for a touchdown. The junior also had two tackles for a loss.

Senior Dannon Rose, one of Cassville's other linebackers, had two tackles for a loss in the contest.

The Wildcat defensive line simply overpowered Seneca. Jacob Gouvion, Danny Naugle, Nathan Riehn and Kenneth Taft combined for four sacks, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery.
The Wildcats finish the season with an impressive 9-1 record overall and a Big 8 mark of 6-1.
"Anytime you don't make the playoffs it's disappointing," said Coach Large. "Nobody (at the beginning of the season) thought we would be one play away from 10-0, and that's a credit to these boys," Large added.



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