Mustangs spoil Wildcats' homecoming

Friday, September 8, 2017
Cassville's Anthony Tolbert is flipped up after a tackle in the game against McDonald County on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville falls to McDonald County, 21-14

For the first time in 15 years, Cassville did not come out on top over McDonald County, falling to the Mustangs at home, 21-14. 

Cassville started the game by chewing the clock. Kicked off by a big keeper by quarterback Shannon Haney, Cassville went 78 yards in just more than 6 minutes. 

DJ White bears down on the Mustanges quarterback in the game against McDonald County on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Anthony Tolbert made good on the drive with a 2-yard punch up the middle into paydirt. 

After trading punts, McDonald County embarked on a drive of its own. The Mustangs scored on a 27-yard run out the right side, taking a 7-6 lead with 7 minutes left in the half. 

The Wildcats had an answer just minutes later when Haney tossed a pass to D.J. White that was tipped but still caught. White trotted in after the grab for a 35-yard score, giving Cassville a 14-7 lead. 

With under a minute until halftime, Braden Strahan picked off a Mustangs pass to allow the Wildcats to run off the clock. 

In the second half, the teams traded punts, then McDonald County punted again, pinning Cassville at its own 7. A turnover set up McDonald County inside the 5. 

Cassville mustered a sack, but on the next play, the Mustangs scored on a 6-yard pass to the side of the end zone. The pass knotted the score at 14 halfway through the third. 

McDonald County then went on a deflating, long drive capped off with a 1-yard rush for the score with just under 7 minutes to play. 

The Mustangs defense then forced a Wildcats punt after three consecutive tackles for loss. 

Cassville's defense forced a 3rd and 16, but a personal foul after the play made it a 3rd and 1. The Mustangs barreled through the middle for a first, the ran the clock out . 

The last time McDonald County defeated Cassville was in 2002, by a score of 32-3. 

Cassville hits the road to St. James next Friday. 

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