JV Wildcats notch first win
The Cassville Wildcats junior varsity football team traveled to Mt. Vernon for its second game of the year on Sept. 9 and earned a 28-12 win.
The team lost its first contest by a hair in the last minute against a very athletic Branson JV team.
The 'Cats would prove to be the better team on this night and run their record to an even, 1-1.
Big up front and running a lot of misdirection plays, the Mountaineers tried to confuse Cassville, lining up in several formations that the JV Cats had yet to see in the young season.
Despite new formations and running backs going in every direction, the Cassville defense would not be fooled for much of the night and controlled the line of scrimmage and the game.
With four minutes left in the second quarter, the Wildcats broke the scoreless tie.
Running back, Josh Brown received a pitch from quarterback Matthew Popanz and acted like he was going to try and run a sweep outside. Brown then pulled up and launched a spiraling throw 30 yards downfield to Alan Lambel to the 2-yard line.
Cassville needed only one play for Taylor Sanders to walk into the end zone for the first score of the night.
Paofue Vang added on the extra point with a kick straight down the pipe in between the uprights and Cassville led 7-0.
Mt. Vernon answered quickly with returning the kickoff to the Wildcats' 30-yard line. Three plays later a long pass play resulted in a touchdown.
The Cassville defense denied the 2-point conversion to leave the score at 7-6 in favor of the Wildcats.
Cassville received the kickoff and ran it out to the Mt. Vernon 20-yard line and had 1:25 to go in the half.
Brown and Isiah Phinney picked up 20 yards on back-to-back rushes.
Popanz then led the team through the air. He hit receiver Noah Hadlow on a slant for a 10-yard gain. Then he hit Hadlow on a deep fade for a 35-yard gain.
With 25 seconds left in the half, Popanz again completed a pass to Hadlow for a 7-yard quick out. The clock was stopped as he stepped out of bounds.
With time expiring, Popanz threw to Hadlow, who went to a full extension lay out at the goal line for a touchdown.
The Cats had covered 80 yards in a little more than a minute.
Vang knocked in the extra point and the JV Wildcats went into halftime ahead 14-6.
Cassville's offense could not be stopped in the third quarter.
The Wildcats chewed up much of the third quarter clock and ended the period with a 28-6 lead.
Brown and Phinney both scored touchdowns on the ground and Vang added the extra point each time.
It wasn't until a late drive in the fourth quarter that the Mountaineers would score for only the second time all night.