Wildcats get shot at title
Cassville beats Monett, 19-6
A night of big plays and heads-up defensive play has propelled Cassville to its second district title game in as many years, as the Wildcats defeated Monett on Friday, 19-6.
Cassville recovered four Monett fumbles in the win over the Cubs, including two inside the 10-yard line when threatening to score.
Monett won the toss and deferred, and Cassville opened the scoring in a flash with a 68-yard touchdown pass up the middle from Deven Bates to Bowen Preddy for a 6-0 lead only 49 seconds into the contest.
Monett’s first possession saw Ethan Umfleet break free for what looked to be a long touchdown run. However, he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds, and an illegal formation call brought the ball the rest of the way back. On the next snap, DJ White jumped an option pitch and intercepted the ball.
Cassville was forced to punt, and the Cubs put together a 71-yard drive to the Wildcats’ 9-yard line, but lost the ball on a fumble during a run up the middle.
Momentum then swung Cassville’s way, as a tricky play gave the ball to kicker Drake Reese, who connected a 90-yard touchdown pass to White for a 12-0 lead to end the first quarter.
Monett punted on its next drive, then the Wildcats and Cubs traded fumbles, giving Cassville the ball back with a few minutes left in the second quarter. Cassville drove within the 20-yard line, and White pulled down a juggling catch in the corner of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown and 19-0 lead with 23 second left in the half.
Monett received in the third quarter and ate up the majority of the clock on a drive that included multiple third-down conversion and two fourth-down conversions. Then, at the 8-yard line, Cassville recovered the Cubs’ fourth lost fumble of the contest.
Monett got the ball back early in the fourth quarter and found paydirt on a 5-yard Dru Guinn run with 6:20 left in the game.
Cassville turned the ball over on downs on its next drive, and Monett traveled to the red zone and took some shots at the end zone but three pass breakups in the end zone by Brett Cooper kept the Cubs at only 6 points.
Cassville will host Seneca Friday in the district championship.