Defense leads Cassville to 36-12 win over Aurora
AURORA -- Cassville's defense was as strong as the Wildcats could ask for against Aurora Friday, leading Cassville to a 36-12 win on the road in the season opener.
After getting a roughing the kicker call on Aurora's punt on it's first possession, Cassville overcame three more penalties on a drive culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run from Chase Jackson.
In the second quarter, quarterback Gabe Kirk put in a 6-yard touchdown run, then Brett Nickle picked a Houn Dawg pass and returned it 20 yards to give Cassville a 20-0 lead.
Aurora returned the favor with under a minute to play in the half, picking and returning one of Kirk's passes 45 yards to get on the scoreboard at the break.
Jackson started the second half the way he started the game, punching in a 7-yard touchdown run to put Cassville up 27-6 only minutes into the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Nickle came up big again, picking off a short Houn Dawg pass and allowing Cassville to run a couple minutes off the clock.
The Wildcats put immense defensive pressure on Aurora all game, only allowing the Houn Dawgs into their own offensive half once in the game's entirety.