Wildcats a step behind Tigers

Friday, October 25, 2019
Jericho Farris looks to follow his blockers Friday during the Wildcats' game at Lamar. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Lamar picks up 14-10 win in revenge game

It was a tie or a Cassville lead for most of its game against Lamar Friday, but by the final horn, Lamar pulled out a win at home, 14-10, to take revenge on the Wildcats for its wild win in 2018.

Cassville started the game with a couple first downs, but the drive stalled and the Wildcats were forced to punt. 

Lamar took the ball at its own 23 and looked to be heading to a three-and-out, but a well-timed reverse gave new breath to the Tigers extended the drive, which ended with a 10-yard touchdown run. 

Cassville was able to find an answer on its next drive, working through the air to paydirt. Deven Bates hit DJ White for a 28-yard catch, and after a few yards gained by Jericho Farris on the ground, Bates found Bowen Preddy on a 33-yard touchdown reception. 

Lamar continued to threaten in the opening half, but two missed field goals kept the Tigers at only 7 points.

Cassville, on the other hand, found a way in the final three minutes to drive to the 17 and allow Drake Reese to nail a 36-yard field goal with 5 seconds left before intermission for a 10-7 lead. 

That scoreline held until the start of the fourth quarter. Lamar struggled to gain yards and was forced to punt in the third quarter, but a Cassville fumble and Tigers recovery put the home team only 22 yards from the goal line.

Despite a holding call negating a run to the 1-yard line, Lamar pushed its way into the end zone on an 11-yard run to take the 14-10 lead.

Cassville then embarked on a long drive, gaining first down after first down and finding the red zone. However, a missed pass on fourth-and-short gave Lamar the ball on its own 12.

The Tigers were able to gain enough first downs to run down the final four-plus minutes off the clock and secure the win.

Cassville finishes the regular season at 7-2 and will likely get the No. 2 seed and host Aurora Friday in the first round of the district playoffs. District seeds will be finalized on Saturday morning.  

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