Wildcats pinned in Barry County Brawl

Friday, September 18, 2015
Quarterback Leigh Cox sheds a tackle during the Wildcats' loss to Monett Friday at home. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville falls to Monett, 34-6

Cassville's football team had bright spots in Friday's Barry County Brawl, but the Wildcats' defense struggled to stop the Monett run game and the home team fell to the Cubs, 34-6.

Cassville opened the game with two first downs, then River Phelps faked a punt on the next fourth down to save the drive.

Allen Lambel carries the ball for Cassville during the Barry County Brawl Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

However, the effort was for naught, as a pair of sacks led to a turnover on downs.

Monett took advantage of the turnover, capping off a 66-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown catch by Jonah Paszek for a 7-0 lead.

Cassville's offensive woes continued, as the Wildcats punted the ball, but forced Monett to punt after a sack led to a fourth-and-15.

Garrett Knight (No. 25) runs off the right tackle during Friday's game against Monett. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Pinned at their own 5-yard line, Cassville could not move the ball and punted.

Monett took advantage of the prime field position, and Michael Branch busted free for a 29-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead.

Cassville's next drive, aided by three offsides penalties and a facemask, ate up nearly 6 minutes, but stalled with a turnover on downs at the Cubs' 6-yard line.

Cassville's Cole York, left, breaks up a Monett pass during the Wildcats' game against the Cubs Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

In the second half, the Wildcats broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down. The turnover led to and 85-yard juke and jive for Cassville's only points of the night.

Monett went on to put up 3 more rushing touchdowns, sealing the 34-6 win and the Barry County Brawl trophy for the second straight year.

The Wildcats stay at home next week, hosting Carl Junction for homecoming.

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