Wildcats held scoreless in Lamar loss

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tigers top Cassville 28-0 in season opener

After a 2-hour rain delay, Cassville and Lamar played a wet and sloppy game at Wildcat Stadium, with the Tigers coming out on top, 28-0. 

Lamar started the game with a time-consuming drive, eventually punching in a score inches from the goal like after a big third-down stuff by the Wildcats. 

With 5:51 left in the opening frame, quarterback Shannon Haney broke a 38-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. However, the play was called back for a hold and the drive stalled out after a couple missed passes. 

Lamar went on another drive, finding paydirt again from inside the 1 to take a 14-0 lead lead with 8:31 left in the first half. 

On its next drive, the Wildcats converted on fourth-and-1 and threatened from the 28-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs on the next series. 

Cassville got the ball back on a punt with 43 seconds left in the half, and with 5 seconds took a shot at the end zone, but it fell incomplete. 

The Wildcats were forced to punt on the first possession in the second half, and a Shannon Haney rugby kick went more than 70 yards and pinned Lamar inside the 1. 

The Tigers were up to the long-field challenge, breaking a big run to set up a 39-yard rush to the end zone. 

Cassville again stalled offensively, and a fake punt came up a few yards short of moving the sticks. However, a few plays later, Hunter Bailey recovered a fumble on a bad snap. 

Cassville was forced to punt, and Lamar later broke a 69-yard run to go up 28-0. 

Cassville took to the air more than in recent years, opening up the running threat and option plays for Haney and running backs Logan Carlin and Anthony Tolbert. 

The Wildcats hit the road next week to face Reeds Spring with a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

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