Wildcats beat Reeds Spring with big 2nd half
Haney, Tolbert lead 39-point offensive charge
REEDS SPRING — It was a tale of two halves for Cassville in Reeds Spring, as the Wildcats put up 25 in the second to secure a 39-28 win.
Cassville started the game strong, forcing a punt and taking over at its own 38-yard line. On a planned first play from scrimmage, quarterback Shannon Haney hit Anthony Tolbert on a wide open pass up the middle. Haney then ran 21 yards and Tolbert punched the ball in from the 5-yard line to take a 7-0 lead.
In the second frame, Logan Carlin recovered a fumble to start a drive at Cassville's 26-yard line. The drive ended with Haney cutting right, juking past a man and scampering 37 yards for a score and 14-6 lead.
With 2:48 left in the half, Reeds fair caught a punt. On the first play after, the Wolves ran 73 yards for a score, but fell short on the 2-point conversion.
However, a late Cassville punt and long pass play set Reeds up for a short field goal to take a 15-14 lead into the break.
Cassville came out with a renewed energy in the second half, with Carlin going on a 20-yard-plus run to the 48. Haney then kept on the option read and went 52 yards to the end zone for a 21-15 lead.
The Wildcats, after a Wolves punt, extended the lead to 27-15 with a 1-yard Haney touchdown to cap off a 72-yard drive.
Two possessions later, Jonny Medina recovered a fumble on a bad Reeds pitch. But the series ended in Haney's third pick of the night.
Reeds then broke a 60-yard run to bring the score to 27-21, but Tolbert cut through the middle on the next drive to score from 17 yards for the 33-21 lead.
A Medina interception and another Haney touchdown pushed the score to 39-21. Another long Reeds run brought the 39-28 final.