Wildcat freshmen top Joplin

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cassville finishes season undefeated at 8-0

Cassville's freshmen football team took on Joplin Monday in a battle of Class 6 and Class 3 programs, and the Wildcats prevailed over the larger program, 33-6.

Cassville kicked off to start the game, and Joplin made the Wildcats pay.

Cassville committed two huge penalties on third and fourth downs that would have led to a Joplin punt. Joplin put together a methodical drive and scored from the 3-yard line on a slant.

Joplin tried to catch Cassville off guard by attempting an onside kick. Cassville’s Spencer Moller was ready and jumped on the ball to get the Cassville offense on the field for the first time. The Wildcats then went on a grueling and physical drive, with Hayden Sink making the score 7-6 in the first quarter. On the ensuing Joplin possession, the Cassville defense forced a four-and-out, getting the ball back to the offense around midfield.

They drove it down again to score with 3 minutes left in the second quarter.

Cassville’s Drake Reece got a huge interception before halftime on a double move route. Reece’s interception allowed time for Cassville run a counter play to Jericho Ferris, and he broke it for a big run but got tripped up after a 40-yard gain.

With 40 seconds until halftime and the ball on the 1-yard line, Cassville ran a trick play the team wanted to run. The Wildcats got their wish and faked a handoff on a misdirection play by going around his back with the football, leaving Hayden Sink on the edge as he ran over some Joplin defenders and dove into the end zone.

Joplin had the ball trying to make something happen right before halftime and Kyle Long made a great pass drop picking off a slant route with 20 seconds left in the second quarter. Cassville tried one pass play before half. Sink couldn’t avoid the pressure from Joplin defenders and Cassville went into half with the score 20-6.

To open the second half Cassville got the ball and drove it down, scoring with a big run by Logan Tolbert busting for 50-yard touchdown run.

In the following series on defense, Hayden Sink dropped in the flats and went up above a receiver to catch it and get his feet in bounds for Cassville's third interception of the night. Following the turnover, the Wildcats drove down and scored a touchdown with Zach Coenen.

The third and fourth quarters, the Wildcats got wild as someone in the stands was yelling. The defense was flying around making plays and offense line and backs were playing physical. They came out determined to win and they played their best game to finish out the season.

This Cassville freshman team was battle-tested this year playing all types of schools: Lamar, Reeds Spring, Nixa, Webb City, Bolivar, Monett, Seneca and Joplin. This freshman group got better and better as season went on.

They end the season 8-0 with a perfect record. Cassville freshman averaged 30 points a game and the defense only allowed 6 points a game.

The stat line shows the players' dedication and how they bought in and played together as a family all year.

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