Cassville junior varsity ends season on high note

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Cassville Wildcats junior varsity football team visited the Aurora Houn' Dawgs on Oct. 21 and earned a 12-6 victory.

The Houn' Dawgs were ready to play from the onset of the football game.

They took the opening kickoff and steadily move down the field. Aurora ran a split-veer offense and gained five to six yards every rush. The Wildcats defense stepped up and made a play forcing a fumble to end the Aurora drive.

The Houn' Dawgs quickly forced the Wildcat offense to punt and much of the first half followed this pattern

Cassville struggled to get anything going offensively. Implementing a "bend but don't break" philosophy, the 'Cat "D" would stop Aurora deep in Wildcats' territory.

The first quarter ended scoreless and the second quarter wasn't much different until the last possession of the half for the Wildcats.

A screen pass to Cassville running back Josh Brown from quarterback Leigh Cox on third and long at midfield enabled Brown to rumble to the 8-yard line.

One play later, River Phelps swept around the left edge and outran everyone to the pylon for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead at halftime.

Aurora didn't fade and scored on its first drive of the second half to knot the score 6-6.

The Cassville defense stepped up and stopped the 2-point conversion.

The score stayed tied at 6-6 until the final three minutes in the game. The 'Cats marched down the field and faced a second and goal from the 8.

Cox rolled right and stepped up to avoid a blitzing linebacker and make a "spot on" throw to Phelps in the flat. With the edge walled off by defenders, Phelps turned up field and scored, giving the Wildcats a 12-6 lead with 50 seconds left.

With one last gasp, Aurora came out throwing the ball.

The Wildcats' defense allowed some yardage but Hunter Stringer ended the threat and the game with an interception at the 2-yard line.

The JV team finished the season 3-4-1.

"We were very pleased with the effort of the entire team and felt the team continued to get better and better as the year progressed," said Cassville JV coach Kyle Wood.

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