Cassville's freshmen football squad traveled to Logan-Rogersville last Monday night for a clash of the Wildcats. Thanks to a stingy defense and a quick strike offense, the Wildcats from Cassville were able to claim a 28-14 victory.
Gabe Kirk, behind some good blocking from the line, broke loose on two long touchdown runs in the first half. Unfortunately, a couple Cassville turnovers led to two Logan-Rogersville scores. At intermission, the score was tied 14-14.
The second half was controlled almost entirely by Cassville. The defense made some crucial stops, including a fourth down stand to stop a long Logan-Rogersville drive.
Some defensive standouts included Chase Brattin and Justin Dunivant, who both made big tackles in the opponent's backfield.
Offensively, Cassville spread the ball around between backs and receivers. Jordon Fisher, Isaiah Phinney and Brattin all had important receptions to keep drives alive. Cody Olson, Lane Madison and Phinney all ran the ball hard to keep the offense moving. In the end, however, it was Kirk who added two more touchdown runs, resulting in the final score.
Overall, the coaches were pleased with the effort of the Wildcats.
"We got better as the game went on," said Coach Robbie Artherton. "I think we learned what is expected of a Cassville football team. It was good to see some enthusiasm in the second half."
"Obviously, Gabe had a big night for us carrying the ball," added Coach Danny Powers. "However, he could not have done it alone. The line, receivers and other backs all have to do their job for us to be successful. While there is certainly room for improvement, I'm pleased with the effort and outcome of tonight's game."
The freshmen football team will be in action again on Thursday, Sept. 8 when the young Wildcats host Prairie Grove, Ark.