Cassville drops two to Lamar
The Cassville junior varsity and freshmen football teams dropped a pair of games to Lamar on Sept. 16.
The Cassville JV football team battled the visiting Tigers on Monday, falling 14-8.
"We played with a lot of heart," said Cassville coach Kyle Wood. "We fell short in a fourth quarter scoring surge."
The game was a defensive struggle for most of the night.
A big play in the first half by Lamar gave the visitors an edge at half.
A run off the right side for 40 yards got Lamar into a scoring position and a third pass gave the Tigers a 7-0 halftime lead.
The Wildcats came out re-energized after halftime and got a quick three and out on defense.
The offense turned the ball over on downs and the Lamar Tigers marched down the field to make the score 14-0 at the end of the third quarter.
With time winding down in the fourth quarter, the Wildcat offense showed some life.
The 'Cats got the ball with 2:30 left in the game after a Lamar punt.
Matthew Popanz, Cassville quarterback, and his receiving core went to work on the Lamar secondary.
In only a minute and 40 seconds, the 'Cats drove the ball down the field through the air. Passes to Zach Rabourn, Noah Hadlow and eventually a touchdown pass to tight end Kane Kellner, got the job done.
Popanz punched in the two point conversion.
In desperation, the Wildcats tried an onside kick that was unsuccessful.
"We were proud of the team's effort and competing to the end," said Wood.
The Lamar Tigers freshmen football team made the long bus trip to Cassville worth their time as they posted a convincing 45-13 victory over the Wildcats.
A kick return touchdown by River Phelps and a touchdown pass from Phelps to Troy Rose became about all the 'Cats could do to move the ball.
Cassville had a difficult time slowing down Lamar's misdirection offense and keeping them out of the end zone.
"Lamar won every facet of the game tonight," said Cassville coach Jay Rogers. "We need to play with more emotion, and execute plays on both sides of the ball. We still have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be.
"We will go back to work this week and do our best to prepare for our next game," concluded Rogers.