Wildcats fall in barnburner semifinal

Saturday, November 28, 2020
Zach Coenen and Jaden Reibert (No. 55) hug one another after the Wildcats fell to Maryville in the state semifinals, 30-28. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Maryville touchdown with 11 seconds wins game for Spoofhounds

It took until the final seconds for the state semifinal to be decided on Saturday, and it fell the way of Maryville with a passing touchdown with 11 seconds left to seal a 30-28 victory.

Cassville was down 10-0 at halftime and 17-0 at the end of the third quarter, but the Wildcats managed to put up 28 points in the final frame, leading for almost a minute of play as time was winding down.

Cassville quarterback Hayden Sink hugs his coach through tears after falling in Saturday's state semifinal. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Wildcats’ scoring started 11 seconds into the fourth quarter with a 1-yard run by quarterback Hayden Sink.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Wildcats were called offside and moved back 5 yards, and kicker Drake Reese then executed a perfect onside dribbler to recover the ball himself 12 yards from the tee.

Cassville took advantage, with Zach Coenen breaking a 36-yard run and Jericho Farris cutting his way through a handful of would-be tacklers for a 34-yard score to bring the score to 17-14.

The Cassville sideline celebrated after Brett Cooper's touchdown to go up 28-24 in the state semifinal. The Wildcats ultimately fell, 30-28. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Maryville showed no quit either, going 80 yards on the next drive to score from the 1 with 3:50 to play.

Cassville continued its comeback, with Reese pulling in a pass on the sideline and tip-toeing his way to a 51-yard touchdown.

Reese then executed another perfect onside kick, topping the ball into a Spoofhound blocker on the return and allowing Spencer Moeller to recover. The Wildcats then threw in some trickery after moving the ball over midfield.

Hayden Sink lets a pass go that hit Drake Reese for a 51-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of Saturday's state semifinal loss. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Reese went on a jet sweep but pulled up for a throw, finding Brett Cooper for a 47-yard, wide open touchdown pass to take a 28-24 lead with only 1:07 to go.

Driving to the 34 with 37 seconds left, Maryville took two pass plays to find the end zone and go back up 30-28 with 11 seconds left.

Cassville’s season ends at 10-3, and its the second consecutive season the Wildcats have reached the Final Four.

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