Wildcats celebrate Homecoming with win

Thursday, October 9, 2008
Joseph Gouvion breaks a Nevada defender's tackle to pick up some yardage during Friday night's Homecoming football game. Gouvion had 15 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns to help the Wildcats earn a 43-6 victory. Action Sports Photos/Robert Hoppie

Last week Cassville celebrated homecoming with a full stadium as fans came to watch the Wildcats play the Nevada Tigers, and fans were not disappointed as Cassville earned a decisive 43-6 victory over their visitors.

The Wildcats were able to score first as Joseph Gouvion ran the ball in for a touchdown, followed by an extra point to give Cassville a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers quickly answered with an impressive 78 yard run that put six points on the scoreboard for the visiting team.

Cassville did not waste any time taking command of the game, however, as Jon Haney carried the ball from the Wildcat's 44 yard line to score again, pushing the lead up to 14-6.

The Wildcats then prevented the Tigers from scoring again and gained control of the ball for a successful drive that resulted in a Jake Nolan touchdown pass to Travis Northern to place the score at 20-6.

The second quarter brought more bad news for the Tigers as Robbie Coberly intercepted a pass that led to another scoring drive. Gouvion ran the ball in for a touchdown to raise the score to 27-6 going into half time.

At the start of the third quarter, Cassville kicked off and then forced the Tigers to turn the ball over. Haney then tallied more points for the Wildcats as he ran the ball in for a touchdown, followed by an extra point to make it 34-6.

On Nevada's next possession Coberly gained a safety for Cassville, which added two more points to the lead.

Cassville then took control of the ball and Gouvion found the end zone again to bring the lead up to 43-6, which would prove to be the final tally.

Nevada was unable to score in either the third or fourth quarter as Cassville was able to hold them off on a running clock. Bo Blisard also made an excellent play as he recovered a fumble off of a punt reception early in the fourth quarter.

Coach David Large was very pleased with the entire night.

"I was pleased with how focused our kids were with it being homecoming," said Coach Large. "I was also proud of the community turnout and our manager Trent Hobbs being voted Homecoming King by the student body."

The offense this week was very successful against Nevada, accumulating 436 yards for the game.

The Wildcats had 377 yards rushing with Gouvion leading the game with 151 yards in all. Haney followed with 135 yards, Jake Nolan tallied 54 yards, Zach Vititoe carried for 18 yards, Jake Musser ran for 12 yards and Brent Elkins was able to pick up seven yards.

Nolan passed for a total of 73 yards, with one touchdown pass. Northern had two receptions with a sum of 54 yards receiving, while Trevor Tanner had one reception for 19 yards.

The offensive line was also very effective this week in holding off the Tiger defense.

"I was really pleased with how our offensive line played," said Large. "They had by far their best game of the season."

On the defensive side of the ball, the Wildcats also dominated the Tigers. This week the defense picked up four sacks: one for Coberly, two for Matt Stockton and one for Tanner.

Chris Smith led the game in tackles with a total of four. Ethan Couch, Elkins, Nathan Riehn and JR Woodruff tallied three apiece, Josh Lewright, Cody Pierson and Tanner accumulated two each, and Coberly, David Lunsford, and Stockton all achieved one tackle.

Cassville also had two interceptions and one fumble recovery for the night.

"Our defense played well all night against a very good quarterback," said Large.

The special teams performed well this week with Aaron Jamieson contributing five extra points, 397 kick-off yards and 142 yards punting.

Elkins returned for 58 yards on punts and 14 yards on kick-offs, while Haney was able to accumulate 21 yards in kick-off returns.

This Friday, the Wildcats will travel to Carl Junction to face off against the Bulldogs.

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