Cassville blows by East Newton, 54-7

Friday, October 9, 2015
Junior River Phelps avoids an East Newton tackler during the Wildcats' win over the Patriots Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Phelps scores 5 touchdowns in final home game

Freshman quarterback Shannon Haney dives for extra yards during the Wildcats' win at home on Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville's football team snapped a four-game winless streak in blowout fashion Friday, routing East Newton 54-7 in front of a capacity crowd at the final home game of the season.

The Wildcats forced a punt on the Patriots' opening drive, and after a strong return by Garrett Knight, drove 35 yards for a 2-yard rushing score by junior River Phelps.

After a Troy Rose interception, Phelps kept the scores coming, scampering 25 yards to paydirt.

Freshman Shannon Haney made his presence felt on Cassville's next possession, connecting with Allen Lambel on his first pass of the game for a 71-yard touchdown and 20-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Phelps added two more scores, from 29 yards and 15 yards.

Jacob Holz, left, and Devin Messbarger, middle, push an East Newton runner backward while Kobe Mueller, right, looks on during the Wildcats' win over East Newton on Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Leigh Cox also found the scoring column, picking off a Patriot pass on a fake punt, then making good on the turnover with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Cassville took a 40-0 lead into the break, did not punt once in the first half and forced East Newton to punt on every possession.

The onslaught continued in the second half, with Phelps returning the kickoff 78 yards to the end zone.

East Newton put together its first drive on its next possession, connecting on a 59-yard pass that would have gone the distance if not for a touchdown-saving tackle by Devin Messbarger. They finished the drive with a 2-yard score.

Many Wildcat underclassmen started to get minutes, including freshman Anthony Tolbert, who rushed for a 12-yard score.

Freshman Zack Burton bears down on the East Newton quarterback during the Wildcats' win over the Patriots on Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville travels to Seneca on Friday for the season finale.

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