Wildcats rebound, defeat Seneca

Friday, September 30, 2016

Phelps leads Cassville with 6 scores in 59-26 win

Led by River Phelps' six touchdowns, the Wildcats rebounded from the Barry County Brawl loss with a 59-26 barnburner win over Seneca at home Friday.

Cassville struck first in the contest when a Kyle Ruark block opened up a lane for River Phelps to find paydirt, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.

Cassville struck again at the start of the second quarter. A Troy Rose interception set up River Phelps to cap a drive with an 11-yard run.

Seneca, however, did not take long to answer this time, breaking two big runs and bringing the score to 14-7 only 33 seconds later.

After trading possessions, Phelps embarked on a series of runs to find paydirt yet again, scoring from the 23-yard line.

The Indians would not go into the half quietly, getting to the 1-yard line with 17 second left and punching it in with only 14 second to go in the half. The score sent the teams into the break at 21-14.

The second half for Wildcat fans became another episode of the Phelps show. After taking the kickoff, Phelps cut past a Seneca defender and rumbled 42 yards to get back the two-score lead.

Then, helped by a Garrett Knight punt return to the Indians' 23-yard line, Phelps punched in his fifth score of the night.

Despite the three-score deficit, Seneca refused to let up and rushed for two more scores to bring the game to a 9-point difference.

Quarterback Shannon Haney then rushed 40 yards and picked up a penalty for another 15, which led to a 1-yard score by Ruark. Phelps later added a 74-yard strike, and Cassville recorded a safety to put the Indians away.

Cassville head to Aurora on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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