Defense leads Cassville to 36-12 win over Aurora

Friday, August 22, 2014
Cassville senior quarterback Gabe Kirk high steps his way to a touchdown in the second quarter of the Wildcats' 36-12 win over Aurora on the road Friday night. Junior Colton Dilbeck, left, and junior Allen Lambell are celebrating the score. Kyle Troutman/

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.

Senior running back Chase Jackson evades a group of Houn Dawgs during the Wildcats' 36-12 win over Aurora Friday night. Kyle Troutman/

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.

Senior defensive back Brett Nickle hugs Wildcats football Head Coach Lance Parnell after returning an interception to give Cassville a 20-0 lead over Aurora Friday night. Kyle Troutman/

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.

Lance Parnell, head coach of the Cassville football team, speaks to his squad after the Wildcats' 36-12 win over Aurora on Friday night. Kyle Troutman/

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.

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