Wildcats claw past Mt. Vernon

Friday, October 3, 2014
Cassville's River Phelps sprints past a Mt. Vernon tackler in Friday's homecoming game. Kyle Troutman/editor@casville-democrat.com

Big 4th quarter snaps 3-game skid

Cassville quarterback Gabe Kirk looks to get past a Mt. Vernon defender during Friday's game. Kyle Troutman/editor@casville-democrat.com

After a slow start and two lost fumbles, Cassville turned the tide in the fourth quarter to take a 35-20 win over Mt. Vernon and snap a three-game winless streak.

Both teams struggled to hold on to the ball early. A Gabe Kirk fumble led to a 50-yard drive and 1-yard Mountaineer touchdown run.

The Wildcats fumbled again on the next play from scrimmage, then forced a Mt. Vernon fumble and drove 50 yards, converting on fourth down to stay alive. River Phelps finished the drive with a 4-yard rush off the right side.

Mt. Vernon jumped to a 12-7 lead again with an 11-yard scoring run with 6:58 left in the half.

In the first half, the Wildcats fumbled four times, recovering two.

Cassville's offense found its form after halftime. Kirk completed a 47-yard pass to Cade Pendergraft, which set up Phelps for a 27-yard touchdown run.

After Mt. Vernon took a 20-14 lead, Phelps struck again, going 75 yards on the kickoff return. On Cassville's next possession, Leigh Cox found paydirt from 15 yards, then forced a fumble on the kickoff, leading to a 23-yard rushing score by Kirk.

Cassville's Leigh Cox signals the Wildcats recovery of a Mt. Vernon fumble on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@casville-democrat.com

The Wildcats take to the road next week to face East Newton at 7 p.m.

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