Wildcats run wild on Mustangs, 42-14

Friday, September 4, 2015
Allen Lambel turns the corner on a McDonald County defender during en route to a 45-yard touchdown reception. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville tops McDonald County

ANDERSON -- With four scores from 35 yards or more, Cassville's football team put a hurting on McDonald County Friday, winning 42-14 on the road.

The Mustangs opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run after a nearly 70-yard drive, but the Wildcats answered quickly.

Devin Messbager wraps up the legs of a McDonald County runner while Leigh Cox (No. 2) and Kyle Ruark (No. 45) provide support. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Only 1:34 later, Leigh Cox faked a handoff, slipped two tackles and broke untouched down the left sideline for a 51-yard run to paydirt. Cassville came up just short on the 2-point conversion, putting the score at 6-6.

After Allen Lambel batted down a pass on the next Mustangs possession, the Wildcats were forced to punt. Two plays into the McDonald County drive, Lambel recovered a Mustang fumble, and Cassville caught McDonald County on a safety blitz and a Cox pass to Lambel, who turned quick on his man, led to a 45-yard catch and score.

Kyle Ruark made good on the 2-point conversion this time, giving Cassville a 14-6 lead.

Leigh Cox hurls a pass to Allen Lambel (No. 5) during the Wildcats' win over McDonald County Friday night. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

In the second quarter, a 51-yard Dusty Huett touchdown reception was called off for illegal motion.

Neither team could punch in another score before halftime.

River Phelps came alive after the break, leading the Wildcats on a 55-yard drive ending in a 16-yard rush for the score.

Allen Lambel dives on a McDonald County fumble during the Wildcats' win over the Mustangs Friday night. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

After a 67-yard Mustang score was called off for a block in the back, Phelps struck again with a 56-yard run for a 27-6 lead.

Cox tacked on another 4-yard run, and Braden Strahan struck from 37 yards to invoke the mercy rule at 42-6.

McDonald County scored again on a 64-yard rush, and Cassville finished the game in victory formation.

River Phelps fights his way across the goal line for a score during Cassville's 42-14 win over McDonald County Friday night. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com
Cassville Head Coach Lance Parnell yells, "Good job,"to his defense after a big stop in the Wildcats' win over McDonald County Friday night. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com
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