CHS JV, freshmen football squads are off and running
The Cassville freshmen and junior varsity Wildcats football teams' season is off to a hot start.
On Sept. 10, the young Cassville teams traveled to Missouri Southern to play the Lamar Tigers.
After rain over the past couple of weekends, Lamar's football field was deemed unplayable and so the team and coaches pounced on the idea to take the shorter bus trip to Joplin instead of Lamar.
The JV 'Cats would not disappoint in forging a 38-8 victory.
The Wildcats needed a little luck to get started.
Lamar won the toss and elected to receive. The Tigers returned the kickoff to the Cassville 5-yard line, but a holding call wiped away a long return.
Lamar's offense put a nice drive together after the penalty but was stopped on fourth and short inside the Wildcats' 25-yard line.
The Cassville offense turned the ball overafter one play, forcing the defense onto the field again. This time the defense would attack the Lamar's offense and force a three and out.
Cassville's Chase Jackson earned tough yards all night for the Wildcats. He scored two touchdowns from 4 yards out, one in the first and the other in the second quarter.
Marcus Weatherman hit tight end Jordan Adams for a 25-yard scoring strike to end the first half and give the black and gold an 18-0 halftime advantage.
The Wildcats remained strong on defense. Every Lamar running attempt ended in a swarm of Wildcat tacklers.
The second half was reminiscent of the first.
Cassville moved the ball on offense consistently, and Lamar struggled to solve the Wildcats defensive puzzle.
Weatherman found Glen Thomas for a 30-yard score to open the third quarter. Bradley Lueckenhoff added the PAT to swell the lead to 25-0.
Cassville activated the running clock in the fourth period with touchdowns from Josh Brown and Isaiah Phinney.
Lamar scored its only points of the night with four seconds to go in the game on a long pass.
"I was very proud of how our defense flew to the ball," said Cassville coach Kyle Wood. "The boys played hard all night and never let down their intensity."
The freshman Wildcats got behind early and fell 44-7 to the Tigers.
"It was a tough loss. Now let's use it as motivation to get better," said Cassville coach Robbie Artherton.
On Sept. 3, Cassville's JV and freshmen teams combined to earn a 49-30 victory over Mt. Vernon.
Cassville started the scoring parade with 21 first quarter points.
Isiah Phinney found the end zone first on a 12-yard run. Weatherman and Jackson added touchdown runs of 8 and 4 yards respectively.
In the second period, the Mountaineers posted two touchdowns to cut the Wildcats' advantage to 21-14 at the break.
After halftime, the Wildcats came out and seized control.
Weatherman and Jackson both scored their second touchdowns of the game to give the Cats a 35-14 edge to start the fourth quarter.
In a wild final period, Cassville's Cody Olson increased the Wildcats' lead to 42-14 with an 8-yard scamper.
The pesky Mountaineers tacked on two scores with two-point conversions, before freshman Taylor Sanders doused the comeback attempt with a 5-yard touchdown run.
"Olson, Kane Kellner and Jordan Adams all had very good nights on the defensive side of the ball," said Cassville coach Clay Weldy. "All three were played very physical and plays were made all over the field. I am pleased with scoring 49 points but would like to see the opponet score a lot less."
In week one, the JV 'Cats traveled to take on the Branson Pirates.
The game proved stereotypical of most first games at any level with both defenses dominating.
The Wildcats were able to get out of the first game funk in the second half to pull away from Branson and chalk up a 16-0 win.
After Branson's drive, the JV defense, led by Olson, Dalton Jett and Kordell Roberts, controlled the line of scrimmage.
After a few halftime adjustments and the score locked at 0-0, the JV 'Cats came out clawing in the third quarter.
The defense drew first blood, getting the Pirates to snap the ball over the punter's head deep in their own territory for a safety to take a 2-0 lead.
Weatherman provided two scores on the ground for the Wildcats, and Bradley Lueckenhoff was two for two on extra point attempts to provide the final margin of victory.
"I was pleased with the second half effort," said Weldy. "It is always good when you can get the first win of the season."