Cassville freshmen top Reeds Spring, 26-16
Wildcats' Tolbert bags 4 touchdowns in win
Cassville's freshmen football team traveled to Reeds Spring on Monday to challenge the Wolves and came home with a 26-16 victory.
The Wildcats opened the scoring on their second drive of the game, when Anthony Tolbert blasted into the end zone for his first of four touchdowns on the evening. Tolbert, running behind the blocking of an offensive line consisting of Jacob Anderson, Jesus Perez, Peyton Stringer, Jacob Beaulieu, Jacob Stattler and Zach Burton, crossed the goal line once in each quarter of the game.
Evan Kessinger also made a big contribution by acting as the blocking back on many of Tolbert's runs.
After Cassville's first score, the Wolves answered with a touchdown on a well-executed screen pass. A 2-point conversion gave the home team a brief 8-6 lead. However, from that point on, Cassville would dominate the action to claim the victory. Tolbert's second-quarter scamper gave Cassville a 12-8 halftime advantage.
A strong running attack, combined with a stingy defense, allowed Cassville to dominate the second half and hold a 26-8 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Ethan Hoppes had several nice option runs, and Tolbert added a touchdown in each quarter of the second half. Big defensive plays by Tolbert, Perez, and Burton kept Reeds Spring from making any real scoring threats until late in the game. A late fourth-quarter touchdown by the Wolves closed the gap to 26-16. After Tim Bee recovered an onside kick for the Wildcats, the offense simply had to run out the clock to claim victory.
Coach Robbie Atherton said this may have been one of the team's best defensive efforts.
"In some games this year, we've not been aggressive enough at the start of the game," he said. "Tonight, I felt like we played a tough, physical style of defense from the very beginning. I'm pleased with the improvement I saw this week."
Coach Jay Rogers said Tolbert's big night would not have happened without teh help of his teammates.
"I felt like the offensive line had one of their better games, and Evan Kessinger was very unselfish tonight making many key blocks for Tolbert," he said. "I also was very pleased with how well Ethan executed our option. It was a good team effort and a nice win."