Wildcats drop road game to Lamar, 38-6
Punt return for score, interception plague Cassville in loss
The Cassville football team had a tall task in taking on Class 2 No. 1 seed and defending state champion Lamar on the road Friday, and the Tigers ran away with the contest in the third quarter, topping the Wildcats, 38-6.
After a second three-and-out, the Wildcats were forced to punt from their own end zone, giving Lamar prime field position at the Cassville 38-yard line. Lamar, held back by a penalty and overthrown pass, were forced to kick a field goal for the 3-0 lead.
Cassville, however, was stymied by the Lamar defense and was forced to punt again. The short kick led to a breakdown in coverage, and the Tigers returned the punt for a touchdown and 10-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, the Wildcats were intercepted, leading to a second Lamar touchdown in only 7 seconds of play, putting Cassville down 17-0.
Eventually down 38-0, Cassville broke the scoring barrier with 2:30 left in the game, when Steven Hunter capped off a 4-play, 59-yard drive with a short run for the score.
Cassville finished the contest with 106 yards on the ground and none through the air. Running back River Phelps led the squad with 45 yards on 15 carries. Quarterback Leigh Cox rushed for 12 yards, and Hunter rushed for 26 yards an the touchdown.
Head Coach Lance Parnell said little mistakes made the difference in the Wildcats' last of three straight road contests.
"We've talked about it a lot the last three weeks," he said. "It's those little mistakes we made. We played great defense most of the night. But, you can't make mistakes against a good football team, and Lamar is that."
Cassville returns home to host Monett Friday in the Barry County Brawl. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.