Last Friday night the visitor stands were packed at Aurora as Wildcat fans came out in force to watch their team take on the Houn' Dawgs in what turned out to be an impressive victory for Cassville.
The Wildcats started the first quarter on defense, but it did not take long for the Wildcats to put points on the scoreboard as Cody Pierson intercepted a pass during Aurora's first drive and carried the ball 30 yards for touchdown. Trevor Tanner ran the ball in for a two-point conversion to make the score 8-0.
The Wildcats' defense held off the Houn' Dawgs again, forcing Aurora to punt. Cassville made a 49-yard punt return for another touchdown and extra point to make the score 15-0.
Jon Haney went on to run the ball 20 yards for another touchdown later in the quarter to extend Cassville's lead to 22-0.
On Aurora's next possession, Josh Lewright intercepted a pass that gave Cassville the ball back, allowing Haney the opportunity to run the ball in for another touchdown and give the Wildcats a 29-0 advantage going into the second quarter.
Cassville began the second quarter with possession, and on their first drive, Tanner was able to put more points on the scoreboard, pushing the lead up to 36-0.
The Wildcats were not done yet, as Brent Elkins intercepted a pass on Aurora's next drive and ran the ball in for what would turn out to be the final touchdown of the game, leaving the score at 43-0 going into half-time.
The second half of the game was a defensive battle that left both teams pointless for the remainder of the last two quarters, giving the Wildcats the shut-out.
This week, the offense ran the ball successfully against the Aurora defense, gaining 148 yards rushing.
"I thought our running backs ran very hard," said Coach David Large.
Haney was able to run for 78 yards, Seth Myers picked up 29 yards, Joseph Gouvion gained 18 yards, Zach Vititoe carried for eight yards, and Bo Blissard and Jake Musser carried for five yards each, Tanner had three yards rushing, and Kyle Dunivant ran for two yards.
The defensive game was once again very solid this week.
"The defense did a great job of setting the tempo of the game with some really good plays," said Large.
The Wildcats had six sacks for the night, two by Nathan Riehn, and one a piece for Robbie Coberly, Elkins, Larry Franklin and Woodruff.
Pierson led the defense in tackles, accumulating six in all. Elkins had four tackles, Ethan Couch, Riehn and Woodruff each had three, and Andrew Cole, Tanner and Zach Vititoe tallied two each. In addition, 13 Wildcats were credited with one tackle apiece.
There were also three interceptions by Pierson, Lewright and Elkins that impacted the score of the game greatly and helped to secure the victory for Cassville.
The special teams did a great job of receiving and kicking this week. Aaron Jamieson had seven kick-offs for 380 yards. Matt Angel had four punts for 138 yards, and Jamieson had two punts for 74 yards. Tanner had a great night with three punt returns for 105 yards.
"Our kids did a great job of being focused and coming out ready to play. I am very proud of our young kids for stepping up when they got the chance to play," said Coach Large.
This Friday, the Wildcats will go to Lamar to face the Tigers in what should be a very challenging game as they try to keep the momentum going from their three-game winning streak.