Wildcats roll over Carl Junction for Big 8 win

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Big catch Junior Kelby Haynes, #18, catches a 7-yard pass from Tim Orrell and then sprints into the endzone to help the Wildcats build toward an eventual 35-20 victory. Orrell was five-for-nine on passing for the night. Democrat Photo (b)

Last week was another exciting week in the life of the Cassville Wildcat football team as they took another step toward a successful season. The Wildcats took on the Carl Junction Bulldogs at Carl Junction. Before the game had started you could almost sense the perception that Cassville was going to win.

In the first quarter, the Wildcats drove down the field with seeming ease. Michael Baker had a fantastic 26-yard run followed by a 19-yard touchdown run by Tim Orrell. The first drive took only 2:43 off the clock and left the score at 7-0 Cassville.

Carl Junction came out in the shotgun to start, but the threat was not nearly as severe as with Branson. Cassville stopped the Bulldogs in three plays and forced them to punt. The punt was hiked and then fumbled. Carl Junction recovered but did not have enough for a first down so the Wildcats took over possession.

Not long after that Cassville had its second score with a run by Brian Elkins up the middle for a four-yard touchdown. Carl Junction ran mostly an option running attack, which had little success against the Wildcat defense and left them scoreless after the first quarter of play. Within the first two minutes of the second quarter, the Wildcats received the ball again and scored. Tim Orrell threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Danny Naugle. After Aaron Jamieson's extra point the score was 21-0 Cassville.

Before the end of the half, Carl Junction's starting quarterback was injured and taken off the field. His back-up, Cade Gosch, finished out the game.

Cassville then went on another drive just before half, which ended with a 63-yard run by Elkins for a touchdown. Jamieson again kicked the ball through the uprights and Cassville led 28-0 at half-time.

The second half came with a little more intensity from the Bulldogs and a little less intensity from the Wildcat side. The Bulldogs opened up with a kick-off return back to Cassville's 41-yard line. Then in the very next play, the Bulldogs ran the ball for another 35 yards, which was soon followed by a Carl Junction touchdown to put the score at 28-7. However Cassville's offense was still entrenched in its rhythm and took the ball down to the other end of the field with a 32-yard pass from Orrell to Naugle and then a 28-yard run by Elkins. The drive culminated in a six-yard touchdown pass from Orrell to Kelby Haynes.

Much of the rest of the game was a series of turnovers. Carl Junction was able to scrape two more scoring drives together. The first ending with a nine-yard touchdown run and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Gosch.

In the fourth quarter of the game, a number of Wildcat jayvee players saw varsity action and gained valuable experience. The game ended with Cassville on top 35-20.

When asked about how he felt about long-time friend Cade Gosch getting to play against the Wildcats, Clint Reed said, "It was exciting to see him (Gosch) in and playing against our boys."

The Wildcats move to 2-0 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 0-2. The victory over Carl Junction marked Cassville's first Big 8 win.

Up next, the Wildcats face Lamar at home on Friday night with a 7 p.m. kick-off. The Tigers are 1-1 and have an amazing number of returning starters this year and should give Cassville a challenge.

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