Wildcats run wild on Mustangs, 42-14
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.
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.
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.
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.