Wildcats push past Indians

Friday, October 9, 2020
Hayden Sink shrugs off a Seneca tackler during the Wildcats' win Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Third-quarter momentum boost seals Homecoming win

The Cassville football team used a strong second half to extend a lead and get a win over Seneca, 42-21.

Cassville started the contest with a punishing ground game, going 65 yards on the turf, less one short pass, with Zach Coenen breaking free for a 29-yard touchdown run.

Jericho Farris gains yards during the Wildcats' win Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Seneca quickly quieted the crowd. After switching formations at the line, the Indians hit an 80-yard touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage.

Following a Cassville punt, Seneca again found paydirt through the air, this time from 36 yards for a 13-7 lead.

The rest of the half, however, belonged to the Wildcats. A 26-yard Drake Reese catch set up Jericho Farris for an 8-yard scoring scamper on the next play.

Cassville got the ball back with just over 4 minutes left in the half and took advantage. After a couple deep shots, quarterback Hayden Sink connected with Brett Cooper for a 39-yard gain.

Farris punched it in from 2 to put the Wildcats up two scores.

Seneca threatened with only 41 seconds left, hitting a long pass to the 23, then again to the 10. But an overthrown end zone pass kept it 21-13 for Cassville at the break.

The second half heated up quickly. Sink scored on a 10-yard diving score, then Seneca hit another big pass for a 79-yard touchdown.

A perceived Cassville fumble was then ruled second down for the ‘Cats, and on the next play, they took a personal foul. Then, the Wildcats crowd wanted a pass interference on a long bomb on the sideline. On fourth down, the Cassville punt seemingly hit the Seneca returner and Wildcats recovered, but it was ruled back to Seneca.

The Indians attempted a fourth-down conversion but the snap was high. On the next play, Sink hit Reese for a 33-yard score to go up 35-21.

Cassville ran clock on the next possession ad added one more Sink score to seal the win.

The Wildcats head to Granby next week to face East Newton.

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