Freshmen bag win
In a game that started much like any other game, but ended so differently than most, Cassville's freshmen football team claimed an exciting victory at Lamar on Monday, 41-36.
Cassville scored on its first drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead. Lamar answered with back to back touchdowns to jump in front 14-7. Just before halftime, the Wildcats pounded into to the end zone again to close the gap to 14-13 at intermission. A routine, ordinary first half of football turned into a thrilling, heart-pounding second half.
Lamar scored the first points of the to claim a 22-13 lead. The teams traded scores and the Wildcats then grabbed with a touchdown and 2-point conversion reception by Trevor Morgan to get within 3 points, at 30-27. After a defensive stop by the Wildcats, the offense took over midway through the fourth quarter. Reaching deep into the playbook, the Cassville drive gained yards and momentum on a reverse pass from Ethan Hoppes to Shannon Haney. A few plays later, on fourth down, Haney reciprocated by throwing a strike to Hoppes in the back left corner of the end zone. The extra point gave the Wildcats a 34-30 lead with 2 minutes left in the contest.
Lamar put another touchdown on the scoreboard to take a 36-34 lead with less than a minute remaining on the clock. After the Lamar kickoff, Cassville took over near midfield out of timeouts, and trailing by 2. A Haney to Hoppes pass connection moved the Cassville offense deep into the Tiger territory, and Haney once again tossed a touchdown to Hoppes with 12 seconds remaining in the game, giving the Wildcats a 41-36 come-from-behind victory.
Anthony Tolbert and Haney each contributed two rushing touchdowns for Cassville, while Hoppes hauled in two touchdown passes. In addition to Morgan's 2-point conversion catch, Andrew Berndt added three extra-point kicks to contribute to the Cassville scoring total.