Wildcats blank Hollister, 47-0
Cassville defense applies pressure all game in big win
Cassville's defense stood strong and the offense came to work in a 47-0 blanking of Hollister to advance to the semifinals in district play.
Cassville (7-3) started on defense, showing its might early with a sack on third-and-9 to force a punt. The Wildcats were forced to punt, but on Hollister's second drive, Wyatt Goade tipped a passed ball and DJ White picked it off.
Cassville this time marched 52 yards and opened scoring with a 2-yard run by Anthony Tolbert.
Hollister (2-8) attempted to get its offense going, but two stops for loss by the Cassville defense force another punt.
Cassville then started to take some time off the clock, embarking on a 10-play, 65-yard drive to score Tolbert on a 1-yard run. The onslaught continued with a third straight possession leading to a score, with quarterback Shannon Haney pushing in from just a few yards out.
The Wildcats defense stayed strong on the next drive, as Hollister on third-and-short attempted to get the line to jump offside, but Cassville showed its discipline and Hollister jumped. The Tigers did get a first down on a bad punt snap that was run for good yards, but that just hardened the Cassville defense. Two batted balls and a Logan Carlin sack later, the Wildcats took over just inside the midfield stripe with less than 30 seconds in the first half. With 16 seconds left, Cassville ran a hook and ladder with Ethan Hoppes hitting Bowen Preddy for a score and a 28-0 lead going into the break.
Cassville continued its prowess in the second half. Only two plays into the third quarter, Haney hit Preddy for a 64-yard touchdown strike.
Hollister's struggles also continued, as a bad snap pinned the Tigers deep, and the snap on the punt nearly went over the kicker's head.
Cassville took advantage of the rushed punt and good field possession, as Haney hit DJ White who spun through a tackle and trotted into the end zone to put Cassville up 40-0 in the third quarter.
with the turbo clock in the fourth, Cassville ran the time out.
The Wildcats will host Reed Spring next week in the district semifinals.