Wildcats claim victory over Indians
The Wildcats hosted the Seneca Indians last Friday night for their second district contest of the season with Cassville coming away with the narrow 14-13 victory in overtime.
The game was close all night with both teams having very few possessions due to a series of very long drives.
Cassville kicked off to start the game, and the Indians began moving the ball down the field on an eight and a half --minute drive that led to the first touchdown of the game as they ran the ball in and scored an extra point to take a 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats were unable to score at all in the first half, having only two possessions between the first and second quarters, but were successful at keeping the Indians out of the end zone and the score remained unchanged going into half time.
As the third quarter got underway, the Indians kicked off and Cassville quickly moved the ball down the field.
Quarterback Jake Nolan made a pass to Travis Northern for 36 yards and followed it up with a 34-yard pass to Trevor Tanner that resulted in a touchdown. Aaron Jamieson made the extra point to knot the score at 7-7.
Neither team was able to make anything happen in the rest of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Indians moved the ball down the field on another long drive that could have cost Cassville the game as they found the end zone. However, a holding penalty on the play removed the points from the scoreboard and pushed the Indians back, giving the Wildcats a chance to regain control of the ball after Seneca missed a field goal.
As the quarter ended, both teams were still even in points and the game went into a climactic overtime duel.
Seneca enjoyed the first possession of overtime and took advantage, scoring a touchdown.
Brent Elkins and Cody Pierson then made a crucial play as they blocked the kick for the extra point, leaving Seneca with a 13-7 lead as Cassville took control of the ball.
The Wildcats moved the ball down the field with great success and were able to score as Jon Haney made an impressive dive over the defensive line into the end zone to tie the game at 13-13.
Jamieson then put the winning point on the board as he kicked the extra point to give Cassville a 14-13 victory.
Coach David Large was proud of how his team achieved victory despite the fact that the Seneca offense had control of the ball for a larger portion of the game, gaining a total of 295 yards in offense compared to the 169 yards that Cassville accumulated.
"I was pleased at how our kids never gave up and found a way to win," said Coach Large. "That was a game I am not sure we deserved to win. Seneca did a great job of controlling the game."
This week, the offense did well during the short time they had the ball. Nolan accumulated 94 yards in passing. Tanner received for 54 yards to lead the game, while Northern had 37 yards and Gouvion tallied three yards receiving.
Haney led the game in rushing with 29 yards. Gouvion was second with 21 yards, Northern gained 16 yards, Nolan carried for eight yards, Tanner rushed for four yards, and Elkins ran for three yards.
On the defensive side, Robbie Coberly led the 'Cats in tackles with 10 for the game. Ethan Couch followed closely with nine for the night, Josh Lewright had seven tackles, J.R. Woodruff tallied six, with one sack, Elkins, Pierson, Nathan Riehn and Trenton Tanner tallied five apiece, Chris Smith had four, Matt Stockton accumulated three, Tyler Skinner achieved two tackles, including one sack, and Garrett Mahurin had one tackle for the night.
Jamieson had five punts totaling 167 yards, and two kick-offs for a total of 120 yards in the game.
Trevor Tanner returned for a total of 21 yards in the game, and Gouvion had a total of 18 yards in returns on the night.
Coach Large hopes that the fans will come in high numbers to support the Wildcats at home for their final district game of the season as they play the East Newton Patriots this coming Thursday.
"I was a little disappointed with our atmosphere Friday night," said Coach Large. "Hopefully we will have a great turnout this Thursday."
Kick-off time will be 7 p.m. as usual. The game will also be celebrated as Senior Night with football, cheerleading, cross country and band seniors recognized before the start of the game.