Bulldogs spoil Cassville's homecoming

Friday, September 25, 2015
Zane Everett attempts to block a Carl Junction pass during the Wildcats' loss at home Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Carl Junction rips off 38 points in 1st quarter en route to win

Leigh Cox eyes a lane while running against Carl Junction Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Cassville football team knew an undefeated Carl Junction squad coming into town would be a tough matchup, and the Bulldogs made their presence felt, scoring 38 first-quarter points en route to a 58-14 win.

On the first play from scrimmage, Carl Junction went 65 yards for an 8-0 lead, only 13 seconds into the game.

Cassville was forced to punt on its opening drive, and on Carl Junction's second play from scrimmage, the Bulldogs completed a 71-yard pass and scored on a 1-yard run.

After another Wildcats' punt, a 72-yard return to paydirt was called off for a holding penalty. But the setback did not stall the Bulldogs' offense, as they drove 33 yards and scored on a 5-yard pass for a 24-0 lead.

River Phelps fights for yards against Carl Junction Friday night. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville found the scoreboard on the ensuing kickoff, as River Phelps juked and jived for a 90-yard score on the return.

After another Carl Junction score, the Wildcats began to put together a drive.

Going more than 60 yards with three first downs, Cassville stalled out at the 4-yard line and turned the ball over on downs. However, two plays later, Jacob Holz came up with an interception and Leigh Cox made good on the turnover with a 5-yard touchdown strike, bringing the score to 45-14 at the half.

With the clock running in the second half, the Bulldogs added two more scores. Cassville put together a 10-minute drive in the third quarter, but it stalled at the Bulldogs' 27-yard line.

Zane Everett (No. 45) and River Phelps bring down a Carl Junction runner during Friday's loss at home. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville hits the road next week, facing Mt. Vernon Friday at 7 p.m.

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