Tigers pounce on Wildcats in opener

Friday, August 19, 2016
Cassville's Troy Rose rounds the corner on a kickoff return during the Wildcats' loss to Lamar on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville struggles to keep up with stong Lamar squad

LAMAR -- The Cassville football team in its season opener was no match for Lamar on the road, as the Tigers scored early and often en route to a 50-0 win Friday night.

After a three-and-out on Cassville's first possession, Lamar drove opened the scoring with a 2-yard quarterback keeper, tacking on a 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 8:51 still to play in the opening frame.

Cassville quarterback Shannon Haney rolls out and looks for a pass during the Wildcats' loss to Lamar on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

A fumble on the Wildcats' next possession led to another Lamar score, an 11-yard touchdown pass.

The Wildcats showed life in their theird possession, getting two first downs on a run and a catch by River Phelps, but their own 46-yard line would be the closest they got to the end zone in the first half.

The Tigers continued to terrorize, scoring points with runs from 61 yards and 72 yards, along with two 1-yard scoring runs and a safety in the second quarter.

Cassville's Troy Rose, right, looks for a lane during a kickoff return behind the blocking of teammate Garrett Knight during the Wildcats' loss to Lamar on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville had a couple bright spots with long kickoff returns from Troy Rose and Garrett Knight, but Rose's was called back for a hold, and Knights was called back for a block in the back.

Enetring the second half with Lamar holding a 43-0 lead, the clock began to turn quickly, and the scores began to slow.

After trading possessions through most of the third and fourth quarters, Lamar tacked on one more score, an 11-yard run, after a dropped punt return by Cassville.

Cassville's Riley Fletcher goes in for a block during the Wildcats' loss to Lamar on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Wildcats head back home next week, hosting Reeds Spring. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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  • Ugly loss for sure----work on problem areas and focus on next Friday....

    -- Posted by LW on Sun, Aug 21, 2016, at 6:29 AM
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