Junior varsity ‘Cats top Indians

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coaches say defense played big role

Cassville’s junior varsity football squad squared off with the Seneca Indians Monday at Wildcat Stadium, and a solid defensive effort combined with a strong ground game resulted in a 28-12 victory for the Wildcats.

Early in the 2nd quarter, Carson Jacobson got the ‘Cats on the board with a 15-yard touchdown run. Deven Bates scampered in for a two-point conversion to give Cassville an 8-0 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Seneca fumbled near its own 35-yard line and Andrew Prier scooped up the ball and rumbled for another Wildcat touchdown. A failed conversion attempt left the ‘Cats with a 14-0 lead at the halftime break.

The Indians, after receiving the 2nd half kickoff, promptly drove the length of the field to score and cut the deficit to 14-6. However, good blocking from the Cassville offensive line and a dazzling 20-yard touchdown run from Jacobson once again extended the lead for the home team.

A two-point conversion pass from Bates to Blake Gordon made the score 22-6. Jacob Housekeeper put the game out of reach when he blasted in from 4 yards out, putting Cassville on top 28-6 as the 3rd quarter came to a close.

Seneca scored a fourth quarter touchdown to make the score 28-12, but never got any closer, as Cassville was able to run out the clock for the victory.

“Other than a couple drives, we played well tonight," said Coach Mark Elliot. "We were able to force some turnovers and give the offense good field position. We lost our focus and intensity just a little in the second half, but overall, I’m pleased with our performance.”

“Our defense really helped out the offense tonight," said Coach Jay Rogers. "They scored, and put our offense in good position most of the game. I was also happy with the play of the offensive line tonight. Their blocking and some really tough running by our backs allowed us to have success.”

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