Wildcats hold off Houn' Dawgs, 21-20
Cassville tops Aurora for 11th straight year
For the 11th year in a row, Cassville's football team has defeated Aurora, bagging a 21-20 win on Friday in the home and season opener.
After the teams traded punts, the Wildcats took a 7-0 lead after stringing together a drive ending in a 21-yard keeper by quarterback Leigh Cox.
Aurora then drove to the Wildcats' 2-yard line at the end of the first quarter, but Cassville held strong. With the help of a tackle by Cox and a pass breakup in the end zone by Allen Lambel, Cassville forced a turnover on downs.
The Wildcats then drove 94 yards to a score after Cox broke away from two tacklers and scrambled to the pylon to dive for a score.
After a botched point-after attempt, a pass for 2 was caught, but was less than a yard outside the end zone. The score gave Cassville a 13-0 lead with 5:35 left in the half.
Aurora did not go silent into the break, connecting on a 7-yard pass with 52 seconds left to bring the score to 13-7.
Cassville kept Aurora's big defense on its heels, mixing runs by Cox, Kyle Ruark and River Phelps, and forcing two facemask penalties in the first half.
The second, however, was a different story. A lost fumble and interception slowed the Wildcats offensively, and Aurora capitalized on both mistakes to take a 20-13 lead.
Cassville came alive again in the final quarter, with Cox rushing 1 yard for his third touchdown, and River Phelps converted the 2-point play for a 21-20 Cassville win.