Lamarís uses early lead to top Cassville

Friday, September 24, 2021
Hernan Hernandez attempts to break a tackle during the Wildcats' final drive of the game against Lamar on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Wildcats hold Tigers to 7 points in second half

A fast start from the defending Class 2 state champion was too much for Cassville to overcome, falling 35-3 despite holding the Tigers to only 7 points in the second half.†

The Wildcats started with the ball and showed offensive promise with a quick first down. However, the drive stalled and the ball was punted away to Lamarís 40-yard line.†

Ethan Fuchs breaks free on a run for Cassville in the first half against Lamar. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Tigers needed only two plays, a 30-yard run with three broken tackles and a swing pass left to for an untouched 30-yard gain to find paydirt and take a 7-0 lead.†

Cassville was forced to punt again on the next drive, this time pinning the Tigers at their own 15. Lamar drove all 85 yards to score on a 4-yard run and go up 14-0 with 2:02 left in the opening frame.†

Cassvilleís next drive saw Jake Anthonysz returned to the 29, and after a 5-yard penalty, Ethan Fuchs broke free up the middle for 47 yards. Cutter Hicks then converted a third-and-4 to put the Wildcats in the red zone at the quarterís end.†

Alas, the Wildcats stalled and turned the ball over on downs with Hicks toughing out a huge hit on the sideline that stopped him short.†

Lamar added runs of 30 and 8 in the half to go up 28-0 at the break.†

Cassville came out of the locker room playing inspired football. Christian Tidwell recovered a fumble on Lamarís first drive. Then, despite a reverse gaining 42 yards, Cassville held at midfield and forced a Tigers punt.†

The Wildcats then gave everything to stop a third straight drive, forcing Lamar to make a spectacular, fourth-and-26 catch on a 37-yard pass to the 1. The Tigers scored a play later.†

The Wildcats used the remaining time to push all the way to the Lamar 4, where Peter Littlefield hit a 21-yard field goal on fourth-and-2 to break the shutout.†

Cassville comes home on Friday to host Monett for the Barry County Brawl.

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