Wildcats hold off Houn' Dawgs, 21-20

Friday, August 21, 2015
Cassville senior quarterback Leigh Cox connects a pass to River Phelps (23) during the Wildcats' 21-20 home win over Aurora Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville tops Aurora for 11th straight year

Cassville's Kyle Ruark fights through a pack of Houn' Dawgs during the Wildcats' 21-20 win over Aurora Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

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.

Cassville's Kobe Mueller avoids a tackler during the Wildcats' 21-20 win over Aurora Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

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.

Cassville's Kyle Ruark, left, runs past a block during the Wildcats' 21-20 win over Aurora Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

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.

Cassville Head Coach Lance Parnell talks to his team after the Wildcats' 21-20 win over Aurora Friday. Cassville heads to Mountain Grove next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com
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