Wildcats claw past Mt. Vernon
Big 4th quarter snaps 3-game skid
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.
The Wildcats take to the road next week to face East Newton at 7 p.m.