Always a Wildcat

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Brent Thompson, 2014 Cassville graduate, stiff arms Monett’s Jim Randall on Saturday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

More photos from the contest may be found in a gallery at: http://www.cassville-democrat.com/gallery/30491

The full game video may be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/223381804/1c69feab6e

Rodney Rambo picks up some yards on the ground during alumni football action on Saturday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville Alumni fall to Monett in gridiron tilt, 6-0

For 48 game minutes, dozens of Cassville football alumni, some with gray hair and others with no hair, turned back the clock as if they were in high school again.

On Saturday, the Alumni Wildcat football team fell to Monett, 6-0, in the inaugural Barry County Brawl: Alumni Edition.

Taran Holt breaks free during alumni football action Saturday at Monett. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The game, for all intents and purposes, was well played on both sides. A defensive struggle, as expected, only yielded one score — a Tyler Going 10-yard run on the Cubs’ opening possession.

In reality, there were no losers. Rodney Rambo, a 2004 graduate of Cassville, set the tone for the defense with several bone-jarring hits.

“This game was everything I hoped for,” Rambo said. “It was a great opportunity to get out there and do what we were made to do. Bob [Cazet, Alumni Football USA president] said our skills would still be there and they were.”

Jason Bromley punts for the Wildcats during football action on Saturday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

There were no major injuries, just general soreness, lots of sweat and the realization by more than a few players that they were not as fast as they were in high school.

However, none of that mattered.

For Rambo, it was not whether the team won or lost, but just the fact of turning back the clock and feeling young once more.

“It hurts a bit more than it used to,” Rambo said. “But, it is as thrilling as it ever was. It was a hell of a time, it was just like high school, and we hope that this game will be played at our place next year.”

Cazet talked to both teams after the game and encouraged them to make a difference in other people’s lives and

provide them opportunities just like he had provided them.

“This company started because I wanted to play just one more game,” Cazet said. “I didn’t think it would impact so many people this way. God had allowed me to reach out and help brighten these players’ lives. My message to them was not to let it stop here tonight. They need to try to brighten others’ lives as well.”

There is a good possibility that Alumni Football USA will return to Monett. Aurora is looking for an opponent and has a September date in mind.

Will it be made official? Only time will tell.

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