Wildcats survive Seneca scare
Defense late in game secures 6-point Cassville win
A sack on fourth-and-11 by Andrew Prier allowed Cassville to hang on to a 6-point advantage and secure a win over Seneca, 35-29, to advance to the district title game.
Entering the final frame, Cassville (11-0) had a 20-point edge, but a pesky Indians squad found a way to stay in the game.
After scoring on a 14-yard run, Seneca recovered an onside kick. A drive and another 14-yard scoring run, plus a two-point conversion, brought the Indians one score away from the upset.
Seneca kicked onside again, going the opposite direction, and recovered a bouncing ball near the sideline. The Indians drove to about the 15-yard line, but two rushing stops, a batted pass and Prierís sack sealed the win for Cassville.
The teams traded fumbles to start the game, then after a Seneca punt, Cassville unleashed DJ White for a 34-yard catch. Anthony Tolbert capitalized on the play with a 17-yard scamper to paydirt.†
After another Seneca punt, Cassville threw an interception and the Indians drove into the red zone. A 23-yard field goal put them on the board.†
Cassville then put together a complete drive, going up 14-3 on a Shannon Haney 33-yard run.†
However, the Indians showed resolve, breaking a 60-something-yard run and scoring from 3 yards out.†
With 3:05 left in the half, Tolbert broke free for 58 yards but was injured on the play. After a block in the back by Cassville and pass interference by Seneca, Haney managed to sneak in from the 1 to give the Wildcats a 21-9 edge at the break.†
Cassville came out of the locker room hot, with Jericho Farris returning the kick to the 17, then Haney going the remainder of the way on the next play.
Seneca added a 13-yard scoring run, and Farris, taking lead rushing duties with Tolbert and Bowen Preddy out injured, supplied an 18-yard score to give Cassville the 35 needed to win.
The Wildcats stay at home on Friday, hosting Mt. Vernon in the district championship.