Wildcats end regular season with win

Friday, October 16, 2015
After recovering a fumble, senior guard Colton Dilbeck lays a stiff arm as he goes 33 yards to the 2-yard line, setting up River Phelps for his fifth touchdown of the night in a 40-12 wain over Seneca on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville tops Seneca on the road, 40-12

Senior Zane Everett makes a tackle during the Wildcats' win over Seneca on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

SENECA -- Cassville's football team will head into the postseason with a two-game win streak, as the Wildcats dispatched Seneca on the road Friday, 40-12.

After receiving the opening kickoff, Cassville and Seneca traded punts, and on the Wildcats' second possession, River Phelps broke through a hole up the middle for a 42-yard touchdown sprint.

Phelps struck again midway through the second quarter, rushing 54 yards to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead.

Seneca found the scoreboard on its next possession on a 14-yard reception, but Cassville answered near halftime.

Faced with a fourth down, Phelps fooled the Indians' defense by rolling right for the rugby-style punt, then jetting left for a 24-yard gain and fresh set of downs.

Garrett Knight then magically kept his feet to take the ball 25 yards to the 2-yard line, from which he pushed the pile into the end zone on the next play.

Freshman quarterback Shannon Haney winds up for a pass during the Wildcats' win over Seneca on the road Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Wildcat assault continued in the second half, when a halfback pass by Cox to Allen Lambel set up Phelps for a 6-yard score.

Following a long completion by Seneca on its next drive, the Wildcats forced a fumble.

Seneca moved the ball into the red zone on its next drive, but Cassville stopped a fourth-down pass and then went 81 yards to score again, with Phelps getting his fourth of the night from 15 yards.

Offensive lineman Colton Dilbeck recovered a Shannon Haney fumble and rumbled 33 yards from set up Phelps for his fifth and final score of the game.

After catching the toss from quarterback Shannon Haney, senior Leigh Cox prepares to send a halfback pass to Allen Lambel, which set up one of River Phelps' five scores in Cassville's win over Seneca Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville now heads to the district playoffs on Friday.

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