Wildcats get their revenge in Mt. Vernon

Friday, October 23, 2015
Zane Everett fights off a tackle after grabbing an interception in Friday's 35-14 win over Mt. Vernon. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville advances in district playoffs with 35-14 win

Senior Zack Boley gives Cassville Coach Lance Parnell a celebratory hug after Friday's 35-14 win over Mt. Vernon. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

MT. VERNON -- Sweet revenge came for Cassville in the form of a 35-14 win over Mt. Vernon in the first round of district playoffs.

The Wildcats started the game at the 30 after a short River Phelps return, driving to the Mountaineers' 17-yard line, but turning the ball over on downs.

However, the focus on pass defense in practice this week paid off, as Zane Everett picked a Mt. Vernon pass to set up Leigh Cox for a 15-yard touchdown run.

Mt. Vernon found the scoreboard in the second quarter, completing a pass for a fourth-and-two at the 4-yard line and punching the ball in to bring the score to 7-7.

With 3:11 left in the opening half, the Wildcats embarked on a 66-yard drive. Quarterback Shannon Haney broke an 18-yard run, and a few plays later, and with only 14.9 seconds left in the half, Phelps went up the middle to score from 9 yards.

River Phelps cuts up a hole in the middle during Friday's 35-14 win over Mt. Vernon. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Wildcats extended the lead in the second half when a 36-yard Phelps run set up a 2-yard Cox score.

On their next possession, a Cassville fumble led to a 74-yard score on the recovery for Mt. Vernon.

But, Phelps righted the ship by giving Cassville a 28-14 lead on a 50-yard cut through the middle and sprint to the pylon. Cox added another 1-yard score for good measure.

Cassville staved off Mt. Vernon attacks in the fourth with Colton Dilbeck recovering a fumble and Everett getting his second pick of the night.

A pair of Cassville players hit a Mt. Vernon receiver, and the loose ball pictured was scooped up by Zane Everett for his second interception of the night in Friday's 35-14 win over Mt. Vernon Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville will visit Reeds Spring, which defeated East Newton Friday, in the second round of the playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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