Wildcats disarm Patriots, 43-6
The Cassville Wildcats football team, fresh from their shutout victory over Monett, stormed past the East Newton Patriots on Friday, Oct. 11, posting a 43-6 win on the field at Granby.
This was a hardhat and lunch bucket type win for Cassville. The Wildcats reprised their game plan from the Monett contest, controlling the line of scrimmage and the clock while wearing out the East Newton defense.
The Wildcats mounted long clock-killing drives for their first two scores. The closest thing to a trick play was the reverse that saw Hayden Prater score the game's first touchdown from 12 yards out.
On their next scoring drive, the 'Cats marched 60 yards to the goal line in two plays, hiking the score to 20-0.
Brent Thompson led all rushers on the night. His 70-yard scoring gem was a one-play drive, and then the Wildcats only had to go four yards for the final score of the half after the Patriots fumbled deep in their own territory.
To start the second half, Gabe Kirk ignited the crowd by running the kickoff back 78 yards for a score.
Kirk's kickoff return was one of those accidental highlight plays. East Newton's Colby Thomas squibbed the second half kickoff to avoid the deep returners, and Kirk scooped up the ball at the 22-yard line. He broke up the field, cut a hard right to the sideline, and turned on the jets to outrun the final coverage man to the pylon.
Bradley Lueckenhoff connected with a 40-yard field goal with 8:00 left on the third quarter clock to finish the Cassville scoring.
The varsity took the second half off as Lance Parnell gave his bench a lot of snaps in the clock-shortened second half. East Newton avoided a shutout when Ross Nagle broke off right tackle for a 15-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats broke through to block the PAT, and the score remained at 43-6 to the end.
Thompson led the Wildcats to victory, amassing 202 yards on 20 carries and scoring three touchdowns in the first half.
Prater also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Unofficially, Cassville rolled up 355 yards rushing on 49 carries against the Patriots. The first-string offense accounted for 291 yards in the first two quarters of play. Kirk completed only one of four passes, adding 11 yards to the game chart.
The Wildcats improved to 3-4 with the victory, while East Newton slipped to 1-6. Cassville will entertain Aurora on Friday, Oct. 18 at Wildcat Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Big 8 roundup
Carl Junction kept its conference record perfect with a 62-34 win over Seneca. The Bulldogs have scored 49 points or better in every game this season except for the 52-29 loss to defending state champion Webb City.
Lamar handled Monett, 47-0
Aurora squeaked past Mt. Vernon, 14-7
Cassville handled East Newton, 43-6