Cassville JV loses tough game to CJ

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hard-fought effort Chuck Nickle Photography Hunter Speakman, #39, brings down a Carl Junction ball carrier during the Cassville JV's disappointing 20-13 loss to the Bulldogs.

On Monday night the JV Wildcats hosted the Carl Junction Bulldogs. The game was a hard-fought battle with several of the Wildcats turning in their best performances of the year, but it was is in a losing effort as Carl Junction scored a late touchdown to seal the deal and win the contest by a score of 20-13.

The Wildcats played the game shorthanded with the injury bug taking several of the JV players in the past several weeks, but this would not stop the Wildcats from playing a physical and emotional charged game.

The Bulldogs would open the scoring on a 35-yard pass but would be stopped short for the two-point conversion. After the first drive of the game for the Bulldogs, the Wildcats would make them punt on each drive for the rest of the first half.

The Wildcats would answer Carl Junction's score at the beginning of the second quarter. Brent Thompson would take a pitch at the 25-yard line down the right side line, cut back at the 10-yard line and trot in for a touchdown. Bradley Lueckenhoff would make the extra point, and the Wildcats would take a 7-6 lead going into half.

Cassville opened the second half with the ball and were unable to get a first down and were forced to punt. Carl Junction would go down the field and score on a two-yard dive. CJ was able to convert the two-point conversion and would take the lead 14-7.

The score would stay 14-7 only for a short while. Brent Thompson would score again for the Wildcats on a sweep play, this time from over 50 yards away. The extra point missed, and the score was 14-13.

The fourth quarter was a defensive battle with both teams giving everything they had. The Wildcats had stopped the Bulldogs on third down, and Carl Junction rolled the dice on fourth and 12 on Cassville's 25-yard line.

With 2:30 left on the clock, Carl Junction's quarterback rolled out looking for an open receiver and found one just beyond the reach of Cassville's Tyler Peterson. Peterson tipped the ball but did not get enough of it as it landed in the hands of the Bulldog receiver for a touchdown. Cassville was able to stop the two-point conversion and the score would stand at 20-13.

Cassville would try to mount a late drive but was unable to getting anything going.

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