Lamar tops Cassville, 40-20

Friday, September 25, 2020
Jerome Grason Ewing breaks up a Lamar pass during the Wildcats' loss to the Tigers Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Wildcats suffer from early turnovers

A determined Lamar team invaded Wildcat Stadium Friday and handed Cassville its second loss of the season, 40-20.

The game was a challenge from the opening kick. The ball rolled off the tee as Drake Reese hit it, giving Lamar good field position at the Wildcats 48.

Zach Coenen turned the corner on a Lamar defender during the Wildcats' contest Friday. Kyle Troutman/

On third-and-10 from the 37, Lamar connected a pass to the 9. Three plays later, the Tigers scored on a 3-yard run.

Another strange kick then left the foot of the Tigers’ kicker, wobbling and bouncing past Cassville’s return man, pinning the Wildcats at their own 10.

A lost fumble at the 17 then allowed the Tigers to score again in two plays.

On the next drive, a Cassville fumble gave Lamar the ball at the 6, and the Tigers cashed in again from 3 for a 21-0 lead less than 8 minutes into the game.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats found the scoreboard. A 60-yard drive culminated in quarterback Hayden Sink pushing his line in from 3.

However, the Tigers found another score late in the half, scoring on a 12-yard run for the 28-7 lead at the break.

Cassville came out with purpose and a 41-yard Jericho Farris run, but the drive ended in a turnover on downs. Lamar then marched 69 yards to score from the 1.

Cassville’s brightest moment of the contest came on the next drive, when Sink hit Reese on the home sideline for an 85-yard touchdown strike.

Late in the game, Sink scrambled away from two tacklers late in the game to hit Brett Cooper for an 8-yard score.

Cassville goes on the road next week to Monett for the Barry County Brawl.

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