Wildcats provide thunder, lightning in rainy win over Monett

Friday, September 7, 2018
The Wildcats football team celebrates a 49-12 Barry County Brawl win over Monett Friday at Burl Fowler Stadium. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville retains Barry County Brawl trophy for second consecutive year

MONETT — A steady rain blanketed Burl Fowler Stadium Friday, but all the thunder and lightning was provided by Cassville in a 49-12 win over Monett to keep the Barry County Brawl trophy for a second straight year.

Cassville started off the game with some defensive thunder, turning a Monett 35-yard gain into a fumble recovery going the Wildcats’ way.

The Wildcats football team celebrates a 49-12 Barry County Brawl win over Monett Friday at Burl Fowler Stadium. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville then struck with lightning on the ground when Bowen Preddy took an option toss out left and streaked 60 yards to the end zone only 1:45 into the game.

The Cubs had an answer early. Monett’s Jamie Guinn swept to the right and burned the Wildcats’ defense for an 83-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 7-6 after a missed PAT.

After trading punts, Cassville slowed the game down, embarking on a 12-play, 65-yard drive culminating in a 4-yard touchdown run by Preddy. The Wildcats kept the pressure on with a 5-yard Anthony Tolbert touchdown run, then a 46-yard touchdown run by Shannon Haney and a 25-yard Drake Reese field goal.

Cassville’s Bowen Preddy breaks down the sideline for the opening touchdown in the Wildcats’ win over Monett Friday, 49-12. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Monett added another score to give the Wildcats a 29-12 lead at intermission.

Following the break, Zack Coenen got in on the action, breaking a 47-yard touchdown run to push the lead out to four scores. Haney added a 5-yard scamper to provide a 43-12 lead.

The pressure flustered Monett, and after two fumbled snaps, the Wildcats blocked a Monett punt and Coenen tucked in a 12-yard run to paydirt to force the turbo clock with 1:38 left in the third quarter and provide the final scoreline.

Anthony Tolbert and Deven Bates force a Monett fumble in the Wildcats’ win over Monett Friday, 49-12. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com
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