Wildcats defeat Prairie Grove, Ark., 32-6

Thursday, September 18, 2008
Senior Jon Haney makes his way into the endzone on Friday night. Haney had 61 yards rushing for the night with two touchdowns as the Wildcats defeated visiting Prairie Grove, Ark., 32-6. Action Sports Photo/Robert Hoppie

The fans showed up last Friday to see another great game in Cassville as the Wildcats hosted Prairie Grove (Ark.) and earned a 32-6 victory.

The game was hard fought from the beginning, and Cassville got on the scoreboard first with field goal by Aaron Jamieson to give the Wildcats an early 3-0 edge.

Cassville's next score came after the Wildcats recovered a fumble. This defensive play led to a touchdown by Trevor Tanner to increase Cassville's lead to 9-0.

During the second quarter, Cassville was able to use its improving offensive line to protect their backfield and allow a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Nolan to Travis Northern. An extra point, courtesy of Jamieson, made the score 16-0.

Prairie Grove was unable to score any points for the second quarter in a row, as the visitors eventually allowed Cassville to make another field goal to put the score at 19-0 going into halftime.

Senior J.R. Woodruff brings down a Tiger ball carrier during last Friday night's game against Prairie Grove, Ark. Woodruff had 11 tackles for the night. Action Sports Photo/Robert Hoppie

In the third quarter, Jon Haney was able to make a touchdown to give the Wildcats a huge 25-0.

Prairie Grove was held off during the next drive, as the Wildcats eventually recovered a fumble on the Tigers' 33-yard line. The drive led to another touchdown run by Haney, followed by a Jamieson extra point, which made it a lopsided 32-0 in the Wildcats' favor.

Prairie Grove finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, and after a missed extra point attempt, the night ended with a final score of 32-6.

This week, the Wildcats improved on both sides of the ball.

"I am proud of how we played both offensively and defensively," said Coach David Large. "The defense did a great job against a very good offensive line all night."

Cassville was able to get a lot of players into the game and the tackles column reflected that with 19 Wildcats tallying one tackle or more against the visitors.

JR Woodruff and Ethan Couch led with 11 tackles each and Tanner followed close behind, tallying 10. Five different players recorded eight tackles each. There were Brent Elkins, Josh Lewright, Garrett Mahurin, Cody Pierson and Nathan Riehn.

Couch, Mahurin and Matt Stockton were credited with a fumble recovery each, and Pierson had an interception, which he returned for 21 yards.

The Wildcat offense was able to drastically improve its game and open up the run a bit more for the team.Cassville recorded 148 yards on the ground. Jon Haney carried the ball 13 times for 61 yards, and Joseph Gouvion had seven carries for 30 yards. Bo Blisard, a sophomore making his first varsity debut, had one carry for seven yards. Seth Myers carried the ball twice for 17 yards.

The Wildcats' passing game was also very accurate against Prairie Grove.

"Jake Nolan threw the ball very well, and the offensive line did a great job protecting him," said Coach Large.Nolan completed 14 out of 18 attempts for a very good and productive night against the Tigers. The Wildcats tallied 227 passing yards and used five different receivers.

Tanner caught seven passes for 91 yards and Northern caught three for 74 yards. Gouvion had two catches for 32 yards, and Couch and Jamieson each had one catch for 11 and 19 yards respectively."This was the best performance of the year, and we have to keep building on it," said Coach Large.

This Friday, the Wildcats hope to gain more success as they head to the road to face the Aurora Houn' Dawgs as Cassville looks to nail down its second Big 8 Conference win.

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