Twice is nice!

Friday, November 13, 2020
Cassville Coach Lance Parnell celebrates the Wildcats' second straight district title with his team after a 35-13 win over Mt. Vernon Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Wildcats repeat as district champs with win over Mt. Vernon, 35-13

The Cassville football team fought its way to a second consecutive district championship Friday, using a dominating second half to defeat Mt. Vernon, 35-13. 

Cassville started the contest with a quick score. A few plays after getting good field position on a pooch kick, Jericho Farris took advantage of a big block upfield by Drake Reese to gain 37, setting up Zach Coenen for a 2-yard plunge into paydirt. 

Jericho Farris splits two defenders during a run in the Wildcats' win over Mt. Vernon Friday. Kyle Troutman/

The Wildcats then forced a punt and moved the ball 58 yards, culminating in another Coenen punch, this time from 3 out, to go up 14-0. 

The momentum in the second quarter, however, favored the Mountaineers. The Wildcats lost a fumble, and two possessions later, Mt. Vernon found the scoreboard. 

Multiple Cassville penalties on the drive helped the Mountaineers get to the 9, and a scrambling pass connected in the end zone as time expired to make it a one-score game at the break.

The second frame was a Cassville clinic.

The Wildcats forced a punt, then on their first offensive play, Farris sprinted 68 yards to extend the lead. 

Mt. Vernon added a 4-yard running score to cap an 80-yard drive, but the Wildcats put the game out of reach with two more scores. 

On the first, Coenen gained 23, then Farris picked up 19 and Sink shoved the line in for the final yard. 

The second saw Farris gain 25, Sink get 13, then Farris 2 more and Sink finishing from 2.

From there, Mt. Vernon took to the air, finding little success, and Cassville ran the clock, ultimately kneeling out the final seconds. 

The Wildcats face Buffalo in the state quarterfinal. Location, date and time are to be determined. 

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