One more week!
Cassville topples Trinity in semifinal, 13-0
The Cassville football team has one more week to play, as the Wildcats will try for its first state title in 10 years Saturday after defeating defending state champion Trinity Catholic, 13-0.
The game centered around Cassville’s defense, which successfully held the Titans on three goal line stands and gave the offense positioning to take a second-half lead and hold on.
Cassville’s opening drive stalled after a first down and ended with a turnover on downs. Trinity shoulder it’s ground game muscle and pushed the bell inside the 5, but a panicky pass into the end zone was picked off by DJ White, who showed great awareness to go down and take the touchback.
Throughout the opening half, Cassville struggled to move the ball, except for when Zach Coenen brook free up the middle for a 68-yard run to the 9-yard line. Unfortunately, the Wildcats lost a fumble on the very next play.
Trinity, on the other hand, found the red zone three times in the first half. The first ended with the interception, and the second resulted in a turnover on downs at the 5. The last appearance put the Titans inside the 5 on a 51-yard pass play, but with only 1.8 seconds and no timeouts, Trinity could not get the snap off before the second quarter horn sounded. Bowen Preddy chased down the receiver to make the touchdown-saving tackle.
In the second half, Trinity was held to a fourth-and-long, and a bad snap through the punter’s hands gave Cassville the ball at the Titans’ 9-yard line. On third down from the 1-yard line, quarterback Deven Bates ducked under center on a quarterback sneak to put Cassville up 7-0.
Trinity shanked a punt on its next drive, and Cassville held the ball until the end of the third quarter. Coach Lance Parnell called a timeout with 5 seconds left to keep the wind for kicker Drake Resse to nail a 33-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Cassville extended the lead to 13-0 with another 33-yard Reese field goal, this time into the wind, with 3:50 to play.
Trinity worked its way down field in the final minutes, but White picked off another pass in the end zone to allow the Wildcats to enter victory formation.
Cassville will face Odessa Saturday at 11 a.m. in Columbia for the state title.