Wildcats earn win in home opener

Friday, August 26, 2016
Cassville quarterback Shannon Haney (No. 17) pitches the ball to running back River Phelps during the Wildcats' 27-6 win over Reeds Spring on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville gets big plays in 27-6 victory

Cassville's football team did not let its loss to Lamar bleed into Week 2, as the Black and Gold played with high intensity in its home opener and came away with a 27-6 win over Reeds Spring.

The Wildcats' first drive ended with only one first down and a punt, but the rest of the first half was all Cassville.

Cassville running back River Phelps blows past the Wolves' sideline on an 81-yard touchdown run during the Wildcats' 27-6 win over Reeds Spring on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

River Phelps then broke a 60-yard run up the middle for the Wildcats' first touchdown of the season.

On the ensuing drive, Zack Burton forced a fumble, which Steven Hunter recovered on Reeds Spring's 21-yard line. A handful of plays later, Cassville's sophomore quarterback Shannon Haney followed three blockers around the right end for a 5-yard score and 14-0 lead.

Phelps showed his scoring ability again three minutes later, taking a pitch to the right sideline and bursting 81 yards to find paydirt.

Reeds Spring got a drive going near halftime, punching in a 3-yard keeper to send the squads into the break at 21-6.

Throughout the half, the Wildcat defense was hitting hard, getting multiple gang tackle sacks. Kyle Ruark also made the pads pop a number of times, including on one kickoff return where he flew to the ball unimpeded.

The second half saw much of the same. Midway through the third quarter, Phelps went into motion at the line and sprinted up the middle, where Haney found the senior for a 64-yard touchdown strike and a 27-6 lead.

Later in the third quarter, Garrett Knight showed his hands with an interception on a floating Wolves pass.

Strong line play, tackling and clock management helped the Wildcats hold on for the win.

Cassville's Troy Rose bears down on a Wolves player during the Wildcats' 27-6 win over Reeds Spring on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville returns home next Friday to face East Newton.

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