Wildcats roll by East Newton, 42-16

Friday, September 2, 2016
Casvsille's Kyle Ruark goes on a run during the Wildcats' 42-16 win over East Newton on Friday. Kyle Troutman/edoitor@cassville-democrat.com

Phelps tacks on a trio of rushing touchdowns

Cassville quarterback Shannon Haney avoid a tackle during the Wildcats' 42-16 win over East Newton on Friday. Kyle Troutman/edoitor@cassville-democrat.com

The Wildcats exerted their offensive might at home against East Newton Friday, moving to 2-1 on the season with a 42-16 win.

The Wildcats gave up a first down on East Newton's opening drive, but forced a punt four downs later, and Kyle Ruark broke through to block the kick. Troy Rose recovered the ball on the Patriots' 25.

Cassville made good on the field position, with running back River Phelps finding paydirt from 10 yards on the right side.

Phelps found the end zone again from the 2-yard line just after the end of the first quarter.

Refusing to be shut out, East Newton went on the offensive. The Patriots chewed 7 minutes off the clock in a drive that included a 12-yard fourth down conversion. East Newton capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion for a 14-8 scoreline.

However, Cassville refused to yield. Phelps continued his dominance on the ground, taking a toss to the right but using his screen to cut to a hole on the left for a 61-yard touchdown run.

With the clock winding down to halftime, sophomore quarterback Shannon Haney put his name in the book, connecting a pass to Rose, who picked up 23 yards after the catch for a 32-yard touchdown strike.

After the break, Phelps broke a long kickoff return, and Anthony Tolbert finished the possession with a 7-yard touchdown run.

East Newton, after converting two fourth downs, then scored a 33-yard touchdown through the air on fourth-and-12.

Cassville's Garrett Knight dives for a tackle during the Wildcats' 42-16 win over East Newton on Friday. Kyle Troutman/edoitor@cassville-democrat.com

Ruark kept the scoreline wide in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard run to paydirt.

Cassville hits the road to face McDonald County on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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