The Cassville Wildcats freshmen football team picked up a 30-14 victory over the Buffalo Bison on Monday, Sept. 17
The Wildcats looked impressive early as the offense marched down the field, sparked by a 35-yard pass from quarterback Lee Cox to wide receiver Noah Hadlow.
Fullback Kane Keller punched in a 3-yard touchdown run to finish the drive and give Cassville a 6-0 lead.
After an impressive defensive series, the Wildcats quickly regained possession of the ball and struck on another long pass from Cox to Hadlow to put the Wildcats up 12-0.
The second quarter began with the Wildcats' defense forcing another Buffalo punt.
The Cassville freshmen quickly picked up where they left off in the first quarter with an explosive 40-yard run by Kellner to increase the lead to 18-0.
Buffalo, who had been frustrated early by the stiff Cassville defense, finally broke free and scored on a long run to keep the game competitive at 18-6.
The Wildcats' offense continued to roll as they launched a methodical drive just before the half to punch in another touchdown to take a 24-6 lead into the locker room.
Cassville continued to play great defense to open the second half, forcing a quick three-and-out.
The freshmen Wildcats punched in one more touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Cox, expanding their lead to 30-6.
Buffalo would not give up in the fourth as they marched down the field for another score to keep the contest within two touchdowns at 30-14.
That was as close as the Bison would get as the Wildcat offense picked up crucial first downs in the fourth quarter to run out the clock.
"I was incredibly proud of our kids tonight," said Cassville coach Danny Powers. "They showed a lot of character coming out and playing well this week."
The freshmen Wildcats improved to 1-2 on the season.