Wildcats bounce back big against St. James

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cassville records road victory, 33-6

ST. JAMES — A three-hour drive and undefeated opponent meant nothing to Cassville Friday, as the Wildcats topped St. James 33-6. 

The game started with swapping punts, and on Cassville's second possession, quarterback Shannon Haney found Bowen Preddy on a screen pass for a 53-yard touchdown strike and 7-0 lead. 

The Tigers had an answer of their own through the air, as a busted coverage led to a 21-yard touchdown catch. St. James missed the point-after attempt, keeping Cassville's lead at 7-6. 

From there, the rest of the half was all Wildcats. 

After getting held back by an offensive pass interference call, Haney launched a punt that was stopped inside the 1-yard line by the Cassville special teams. 

Two plays later, the Tigers' quarterback was flushed and forced into a swing pass, and Jonny Medina was there to stick the receiver for a safety and 9-6 Cassville lead.

The Wildcats struck again on the next possession with a 15-yard pass to Wyatt Goade. 

St. James on its next possession was forced to punt, and a time out by Cassville Head Coach Lance Parnell gave the Wildcats 1:17 to add to the lead. Getting up to the 27, another time out with 3 seconds allowed Drake Reese to blast a 37-yard field goal for a 19-6 halftime edge.

The onslaught continued after the break, as Cassville took the kick at the 35 and marched 63 yards to set up Anthony Tolbert for a 2-yard run to paydirt.

Garret Knight made his presence felt on defense with an interception and return to the Tigers’ 21. Haney later scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper. 

The Cassville defense remained strong, as well, holding St. James on a 4th and goal in the final frame to take over and run down some clock. 

Cassville returns home on Friday to host Monett, aiming to reclaim the Barry County Brawl trophy for the first time since its 27-0 win in 2013.

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