Wildcats hold on for Brawl win
Defense holds in final seconds for 21-14 victory
Wildcat Nation collectively held its breath in the waning seconds of the seventh Barry County Brawl, and fans released simultaneous sighs of relief when the clock finally hit zeroes and Cassville secured a 21-14 win.
Cassville and Monett each had slow starts offensively, each forcing two punts before any significant offense was created.
Monett started the O with a 65-yard drive that ended with a fumble and wildcats recovery at the 14-yard line. Cassville returned the execution, driving the 86 yards the other way and capping the drive with a 13-yard Zack Coenen catch-and-run for score on a Deven Bates pass under pressure.
Monett hit a big 42-yard pass play but failed to convert a fourth-and-1, giving Cassville the ball at its own 27. The Wildcats marched down field and kept the clock in mind. Cassville hit a 25-yard passing play, then a pass interference call moved the ball even more.
Ultimately, Bowen Preddy found the end zone on a 1-yard run with 8 seconds left in the opening half, good for a 13-0 lead.
To start the second half, Cassville drove 84 yards but turned the ball over on downs at the Monett 5-yard line. A poor Monett punt then gave the Wildcats the ball back at the 28-yard line, and Cassville made good on the field position, with Preddy taking a pitch 9 yards for a score with 4:15 left in the third quarter.
At 21-0, Monett decided it had enough. The Cubs punched in a 5-yard Jamie Guinn run, then, after forcing a punt, Monett took the ball at its own 32. Quarterback Karter Brink completed a 42-yard pass, then a few plays later, punched in a 1-yard sneak play to bring the score to 21-14 with 6:59 to go in the game.
Cassville began running clock, forcing the Cubs to burn all their timeouts and whittling the time down to 1:03 before fumbling the ball on a pitch play and allowing the Cubs to recover.
Monett converted a fourth-and-10 down to the Wildcats' 32, and a pass interference call in the end zone moved the ball to the 17 with 19 seconds on the clock.
The Cubs took four shots into the end zone, unable to complete a pass as time expired.
The Wildcats head to Seneca on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.