‘Cats scratch Tigers, 47-28
Cassville bags road win in big offensive night
NEVADA — It was a win two hours from home Friday after a big offensive night put Cassville too far out of the reach of Nevada, 47-28.
Cassville found paydirt in a hurry. Three plays in, Jericho Farris broke free on a pitch left and trucked 58 yards to give Cassville the lead.
Nevada answered with a 19-yard rushing score and 2-point play, but that was the Tigers’ only score of the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Brett Cooper returned to the 34 and Drake Reese pulled down a 50-yard strike up the middle. The play set up Farris to trot in from 6 and reclaim the lead.
At that point in the opening frame, Cassville had scored twice with only 3:44 in possession.
The Wildcats stayed hot. After forcing a punt, a 40-yard Farris run set up quarterback Cutter Hicks for a 1-yard keeper.
After another defensive hold and Cassville drive, Reese bolted in from 15 yards to provide the 27-8 halftime score.
Cassville extended the score to 33-8 with a fumble recovery and 25-yard Reese catch to set up Farris for a 9-yard score.
It was at this point Nevada found its energy. After trading big passing plays and quick touchdowns, the Tigers returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score, then added another to bring it to a two-score game.
However, Nevada’s steam ran out after recovering an onside kick. Cassville held defensively, ran the clock and punched in one more Farris score to secure the win.
The Wildcats are on the road again Friday, traveling to Logan-Rogersville.