Wildcats get their revenge in Mt. Vernon
Cassville advances in district playoffs with 35-14 win
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.
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.
Cassville will visit Reeds Spring, which defeated East Newton Friday, in the second round of the playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.