Wildcats win 1-point nailbiter

Friday, October 14, 2016
Cassville Quarterback Shannon Haney shakes off a would-be tackler during the Wildcats' 30-29 win over Mt. Vernon Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Blocked field goal in final seconds seals 30-29 win

Wildcat Nation was left holding its breath with 4 seconds left in the game Friday, and a sigh of relief left the stadium when a blocked field goal preserved a 30-29 win over Mt. Vernon.

The Wildcats fumbled on their first drive, the Mountaineers went all the way across the field for the game's first score.

Cassville's River Phelps looks for a running lane during the Wildcats' 30-29 win over Mt. Vernon Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville then got pinned deep on its own end. On fourth down, River Phelps faked the punt and saved the drive.

The Wildcats then marched down the field, getting a 10-yard Gilbert Medina touchdown run.

With 1:39 left in the opening quarter, Mt. Vernon's offense finally took the field. However, Cassville got the next score on a 14-yard run by Phelps.

The Mountaineers then scored on a 12-yard pass, and took a 15-14 lead.

With the half coming to a close, Cassville set up for a field goal with 5 seconds in the half. The Mountaineers took back-to-back timeouts trying to ice Phelps, but the senior still knocked in a field goal to take a 2-point lead into the break.

After trading 6-point scores, Mt. Vernon took a 29-23 lead on an 83-yard passing play. Cassville regained it by a point with a 1-yard run by Shannon Haney.

With a couple minutes on the clock, Mt. Vernon started driving, ending up at fourth down on the 10 and preparing to kick a field goal to win. After Coach Lance Parnell took back-to-back timeouts, the Wildcats went offsides, putting the ball at the 3.

From there, Devin Phelps blocked the kick to preserve the win.

Cassville opens district play against East Newton at home Friday at 7 p.m.

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