Well deserved recognition

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Cassville’s Evan Kessinger fights off a block during All-Star action on Saturday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville seniors play one final time together

In the end, it was for charity, but the Grin Iron Classic on Saturday allowed area seniors standouts one more chance to play under the lights on Saturday at the 18th annual Grin Iron Classic at JFK Stadium in Springfield.

Cassville’s Shannon Haney, Anthony Tolbert, Evan Kessinger and Mason Hendrix came up short, with the East squad wining 47-29.

Mason Hendrix gets in on the blocking action at on Saturday in Springfield. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-demorat.com

The East took control early behind touchdown runs from Tyson Riley and Will Boswell. Camdenton’s Kylan Draper, named East Defensive MVP, returned a blocked punt for a touchdown that give the East a 26-0 lead.

Parkview’s Tyrone Newburn and Jevin Huddleston led a West comeback in the third quarter. Their touchdown catches cut the East’s lead to 40-29.

Newburn, who caught three passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, received West Offensive MVP honors.

The East’s lone third-quarter score was a dazzling one. Jayden Morgan made a leaping 34-yard touchdown catch between two defenders on a pass from Carthage teammate Zeke Sappington.

Boswell sealed the East victory in the fourth quarter with a breakaway 51-yard touchdown run. He finished with 16 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

This year’s game, featuring a collection of outgoing star players from the area, featured a revamped format. Before the traditional East-West geographical split, each side “drafted” five teams from the Southwest Missouri area.

The East, under coach Steve Ary, selected players from Carthage, Joplin, Camdenton, Mt. Vernon and Rolla.

The West, under Marshfield coach Cody Bull, selected Webb City, Lebanon, Neosho, Parkview and Cassville.

Friday night marked the send-off for Ary. He’s headed to Harrison (Ark.), where he’ll join the staff of former area coach Joel Wells.

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