Wildcats hang on for win over Mustangs

Friday, September 9, 2016
Cassville's River Phelps follows a a block on a run during the Wildcats' win over McDonald County Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville stifles late McDonald County push

ANDERSON -- Momentum was key in Cassville's game at McDonald County Friday, and the Wildcats did just enough to hold on for a 33-22 victory.

The Mustangs came out with passion, gaining big yardage on a jet sweep and then burning the Wildcats on a hook and ladder for a 44-yard touchdown to take a 6-0 lead only 1:04 into the game.

Cassville's Kyle Ruark attempts to avoid a tackle during the Wildcats' win over McDonald County Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

However, Cassville then gained the momentum and struck back with a 55-yard drive, capped off with a 17-yard, diving touchdown rush.

Phelps kept the points coming, scampering for a 42-yard touchdown just more than 3 minutes later.

The Wildcats' secondary stepped up on the next drive, with Troy Rose picking a long pass and getting a decent return to set up Phelps again for a juke and jive up the middle for a 35-yard run to paydirt.

Cassville's Braden Strahan, left, and River Phelps break up a pass during the Wildcats' win over McDonald County Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The momentum swung back to the Mustangs in the second quarter, as McDonald County brought the game back within one score with a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Anthony Tolbert then provided Cassville its second interception of the night, but with the clock winding down, the Wildcats could not punch the ball in, sending the teams into the break at 21-7.

Continuing the trend of momentum by quarter, Cassville received the kickoff and embarked on a long drive. Garrett Knight added to the score with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Cassville's River Phelps dives on a fumble during the Wildcats' win over McDonald County Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Mustangs regained momentum in the final quarter, punching in a 1-yard run to bring the score to 27-22 with 8 minutes left.

The Mustangs threatened again after a punt, but Cassville forced a turnover on downs, then drove to the 1-yard line, where quarterback Shannon Haney punched in the final score.

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