Cassville tops St. James at homecoming, 21-12

Friday, September 16, 2016
Anthony Tolbert (No. 35) and River Phelps tackle a St. James player during the Wildcats' 21-12 win over the Tigers Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Wildcats win 4th in a row

Garrett Knight picks up a bouncing ball after a St. James punt during the Wildcats' 21-12 win over the Tigers Friday. Kyle Troutman/

The football field at Wildcat stadium may have taken a beating in the soggy conditions Friday, but Cassville's team came out on top of new opponent St. James, 21-12.

St. James struck first in the game, as its scrambling quarterback hit a receiver on a well-executed screen pass that led to a 75-yard run up the Tigers' sideline for a score.

River Phelps chased the receiver to the goal line and made a diving tackle, but St. James' receiver still fell ball-first into the end zone to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead only 50 seconds into the game.

The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds to set Cassville up at its own 35. Phelps started the drive with a 13-yard slash up the middle. About four minutes later, Phelps capped the drive with a 1-yard dive over the pile to give Cassville the lead, 7-6.

Cassville quarterback Shannon Haney (No. 17) follows blockers on his way to a score during the Wildcats' 21-12 win over St. James Friday. Kyle Troutman/

It took until just under three minutes left for any more points to be scored. After surviving a fourth-and-4 with a Phelps rush, sophomore quarterback Shannon Haney found wide receiver Collin Pearman for an 8-yard touchdown strike.

The teaching catch on the goal line gave the Wildcats a 14-6 lead going into the break.

Taking the kickoff in the second half, Cassville embarked on a drive lasting 5:11 and culminating in an 8-yard rushing touchdown by Haney behind two blockers on his right.

The Wildcats largely controlled the clock throughout the second half, also handling St. James' hurry-up offense with relative ease.

A trio of Cassville players take down a St. James runner during the Wildcats' 21-12 win over the Tigers Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville heads north to Monett next Friday for the Barry County Brawl. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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