Wildcat freshmen start slow, fall to Carl Junction
Cassville unable to overcome first-half deficit against Bulldogs
The Carl Junction Bulldogs travelled to Cassville for a freshmen football contest on Monday, where the Bulldogs took advantage of a sluggish start by the Wildcats and jumped out to a quick 24-0 lead en route to a 38-20 victory.
Cassville scored all 20 of its points in the second half to close the gap, but was unable to overcome the early deficit.
Hard running by Anthony Tolbert, Evan Kessinger, and Michael Hunter, combined with some big plays from Ethan Hoppes, all contributed to the Wildcats' revival in the second half.
In addition, pass receptions by Jose Melchor and Trevor Morgan helped Cassville enjoy some offensive success.
"It was a tale of two halves," said Coach Jay Rogers. "We played uninspired, lethargic football in the first half and created a deficit we could not overcome. In the second half, we played much better and had some success.
"Our kids need to learn to bring great energy and effort to the game from the very beginning. If we had done that, we could have won this game."