Wildcats bring home Barry County Brawl trophy 

Friday, September 22, 2017
Cassville junior quarterback Shannon Haney looks to pass during the first quarter of the Wildcats’ home game against Monett in the 2017 edition of the Barry County Brawl.
Jacob Brower jbrower@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville offense too much for Monett

A big first half offensively proved to be enough to bring the Barry County Brawl trophy back to Wildcat Stadium, as Cassville recorded its first shutout of the season against rival Monett Friday, 21-0. 

On the Cubs’ second punt of the contest, an errant touch by the Wildcats allowed Monett to scoop up a recovery. However, a 28-yard field goal attempt went wide right, giving the Wildcats the ball back. 

One play later, Cassville quarterback Shannon Haney hit D.J. White for an 80-yard touchdown strike. 

Monett’s offensive woes continued, as two mishit punts on consecutive drives led to Wildcat scores. Running back Logan Carlin punched in a 1-yard run. Then, after a good Monett punt and 32-yard run from scrimmage by Haney, White found paydirt again on a 35-yard pass with 34 seconds to play in the first half. 

Monett started moving the ball in the second frame, starting off with a good kick return. The Cubs marched to the Wildcats’ 17-yard line, but lost the ball on a fumble. 

Cassville’s drive stalled, and a punt pinned Monett inside its own 10, but once again, nothing would go for the Cubs. They were forced to punt once again, giving the Wildcats the ball at their own 42. 

Cassville suffered a penalty and some lost yardage, punting on fourth and 25. 

Monett then started a drive at its own 42. However, it didn’t last long, as a deep halfback pass by was picked off by Cassville’s Ethan Hoppes. 

Carlin then broke a long run, bursting 31 yards before being clipped by a touchdown-saving tackle by the Cubs. 

Monett’s defense held, forcing Cassville into a fourth and 18, and a second consecutive Cubs’ sack forced a turnover on downs. 

A fumble on the next play was recovered by Cassville, but Monett later recovered a Cassville fumble on a juggled pitch.

Monett’s drive stalled after two deep shots fell incomplete, allowing Cassville to run out the clock. 

Cassville heads to Seneca on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

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