Freshman 'Cats outgun Lamar 28-24
The Cassville Wildcats freshman football team took on a conference foe Monday night as they battled the Lamar freshman in their fifth game of the season. The Cassville freshman again proved their mental toughness at they beat Lamar 28-24.
The Wildcats look impressive early as the defense forced a quick three and out from Lamar. Cassville's first possession was an impressive one as they took over seven minutes off the clock before freshman quarterback Gabe Kirk connected a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Fisher.
Kirk made the two-point conversion on a broken play as running back Lane Madison pitched the ball to Kirk who received a nice block from wide receiver Brett Nickel, putting the Wildcats up 8-0.
Lamar proved its freshman offense was just as explosive as its varsity's as the Tigers put up two scores in the second quarter to take an 8-12 halftime lead.
To begin the third quarter, the Wildcats were all set to receive the opening kickoff when Lamar surprised the 'Cats by successfully recovering an onside kick. Lamar took the ball down to the Cassville one-yard line and looked to jump ahead by two scores and potentially put the game out of reach. However, the Wildcat defense stepped up and held the Tigers on all four downs to regain possession.
It did not take long for the young Wildcats to take advantage of the momentum swing as Kirk took the ball 60 yards down the side for a score to retake the lead 14-12.
Lamar would again answer as the Tigers quickly mounted a scoring drive to give themselves an 18-14 lead to start the fourth quarter.
The Wildcat offense proved up to the task of matching the Tigers touchdown for touchdown as Kirk again connected with Fisher, who broke a tackle to take the pass 60 yards for the touchdown. Lane Madison ran in a much needed two-point conversion to put the Wildcats back in the lead 22-18.
Unfortunately, the Wildcat defense could not stop the Tigers on their next possession. Lamar punched in another touchdown to retake the lead 24-22 with four minutes left in the game.
The Wildcats responded with a 35-yard touchdown run by fullback Chase Jackson to give Cassville the lead. This would be last lead change of the game as Cassville prevailed 28-24 and improved their record to four wins and one loss.
"I was incredibly proud of our kids tonight," said coach Danny Powers. "Lamar's defense confused us and gave us trouble in the first half. Fortunately, our kids did a great job of being coaching and making the necessary adjustments for the second half."
"Our defense gave up some yards and points tonight, but they came big for us when we needed them," added coach Robbie Artherton.
The Cassville freshman will resume action next Monday, Oct. 10 at home.