Cassville cruises by Catholic, 49-21
Wildcats overcome early mistakes to secure win
A slow start developed into another rout in favor of Cassville Friday, triumphing over Springfield Catholic on the road, 49-21.
The Wildcats found the scoreboard first, driving about 60 yards before Bowen Preddy took an option pitch 10 yards to the end zone.
The Irish then found themselves at fourth-and-2, and a false start led to a punt and short field for Cassville. However, a fumble gave the ball back, and Catholic scored shortly after on a 5-yard run to tie the game.
Cassville struggles again to hold onto the ball, losing a second fumble and allowing the Irish to score on a 28-yard pass only 27 seconds after their first touchdown.
The Wildcats found their form after that. White scored on a 21-yard pass to tie the game again, then after a bad punt snap by the Irish, Cassville capitalized on a short field with a 16-yard Preddy run just inside the pylon on fourth-and-2.
The Wildcats extended the lead with a 9-yard passing score to White with only 5 seconds left in the opening half.
Cassville blew the game out in the second half. White picked off a long Irish pass, setting up a four-play, 35-yard drive capped with a 3-yard Preddy run for a score. Zach Coenen added a 2-yard score four minutes later.
Near the end of the third quarter, a Jericho Farris interception led to a Bates 5-yard sweep score and the mercy rule being initiated.
Catholic added a 35-yard passing touchdown, but the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.
Cassville returns home Friday to host Monett in the Barry County Brawl.