Mustangs spoil Wildcats' homecoming
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.
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.