The Bulldogs received the ball to start the game, and their offense went to work. Running behind one of the biggest JV lines the Wildcats had faced, the Bulldogs picked up four to five yards every play as they drove to the end zone to take an 8-0 lead.
Cassville's offense sputtered after three plays and was forced to punt. Bradley Lueckenhoff's kick sailed high into the air, allowing the Wildcat punt team to circle the punt returner only to see him fumble the catch.
The Wildcats pounced on the loose ball and ran their offense back on the field. While Cassville would not cash in on this opportunity, it provided a spark that would last the rest of the game.
Cassville began the second quarter with a long sustained drive. Fullback Josh Brown and quarterback Marcus Weatherman led the ground attack on the possession. A Weatherman-to-Tyler Peterson connection moved the ball inside the Bulldogs' 25-yard line.
After the catch, the ground game took over. On a fourth and goal inside the 1-yard line, Weatherman barreled into the end zone. Lueckenhoff added the extra point, and Cassville went into halftime trailing 8-7.
The second half was a stalemate until late in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats, with a less than two minutes remaining in the game, marched the length of the field and took a 13-8 lead on Weatherman's 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Carl Junction had enough time left for two desperation heaves, but the Wildcats' defense held firm and preserved the win.