Wildcats garner host of postseason awards
Ryan Rowley did it all for Cassville this season. The senior played in the defensive backfield, played at receiver and went back to return kicks and punts. For all intents and purposes, Rowley was wherever the ball was and this week he was rewarded for that hard work.
Rowley was named to the AP's second team and Coaches' third team All-State squads.?In addition, Rowley was named to the All-District first team. On the season, Rowley had 11 catches for 279 yards and four touchdowns. He also had one pass for 60 yards and a touchdown and three rushes for 22 yards.
He finished with 45 tackles on the season, including four for a loss. His contributions on defense also included a fumble recovery, an interception, a blocked kick and a touchdown.
Rowley had seven kick returns this season and led the Wildcats in this category, averaging 25 yards per return. He also had four punt returns and led Cassville again, averaging 23 yards. Overall, Rowley finished with 589 all-purpose yards for the Wildcats.
Senior Dannon Rose was Cassville's next most acclaimed player. Rose was named to the third team All-State and first team All-District teams by the coaches for his play at linebacker.
Rose was a menacing force in Cassville's defensive front. He tallied 53.5 tackles with one sack and a team-high six tackles for losses.
Cassville garnered 17 selections in total on the All-District teams this season. Six of those selections were on offense.
Billy Wright headlined this group. The senior played up front for Cassville and powered a line that helped Cassville average 215 rushing yards a game. Michael Baker, Cory Howard, Tyler Smith and Aaron Jamieson were all named to the All-District second team.
Baker was Cassville's top receiving tight-end and was also a good blocker. Howard was the Wildcats' top receiver with close to 300 yards and five touchdowns. Smith was another part of that dominant Cassville offensive line, and Jamieson was Cassville's very talented kicker.
Junior Jake Nolan also received honorable mention honors for his play at quarterback.
A total of 11 members of the Wildcat defense were selected for All-District honors.
Kenneth Taft and Danny Naugle were both nominated for their play on the defensive line. Taft played the interior and was key to filling the roles left by last year's senior class. He totaled 22.5 tackles this year with two for a loss and two fumble recoveries.
Naugle made a change this year. The senior who had played both offense and defense for Cassville last year tried to focus on just defense this season. Naugle had 35 tackles from his end position this season with a team-high four sacks and six tackles for a loss. Naugle also had two fumble recoveries.
The Wildcats had three players named to the second team squad for defense. Nathan Riehn, Howard and Jamieson all made the cut.
Riehn, a junior, was another bull in the middle for Cassville, and Howard led the Wildcats with eight interceptions. Jamieson was the 'Cats full-time punter.
Jacob Gouvion (DE), Ethan Couch (LB) and Phillip Cooper (DB) also garnered All-District honorable mentions for the squad.