Cassville Wildcats defeat Lamar for fourth win

Thursday, October 2, 2008
Cassville senior Aaron Jamieson continues to rank among southwest Missouri's top kickers this season. Against Lamar, Jamieson was three-for-three on extra points and had a 59-yard kick-off average for the night. Photo by Jeremy Huse

Cassville went on the road again last week to take on the Lamar Tigers in a match that ended with a 35-0 shut-out win for the Wildcats.

The first quarter showed the Wildcats taking an early advantage over the Tigers as Joseph Gouvion made an 11-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jake Nolan. Aaron Jamieson kicked the extra point to put the first seven points on the board.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats pushed their way down the field into scoring range, and Nathan Riehn was able to make a one-yard touchdown run, which was followed up by another good kick by Jamieson to place the score at 14-0 as the game went into halftime.

Cassville wasted no time extending their lead in the third quarter as Nolan carried the ball 35 yards into the end zone for another Wildcat touchdown. Jamieson made the kick for a 21-0 advantage over Lamar.

Jon Haney was the next Wildcat to score. He made a one-yard touchdown run that left the score at 27-0.

The Wildcats were not finished yet, as Nolan made a 37-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Gouvion then ran the ball in for a two-point conversion, giving Cassville a devastating 35-0 lead over Lamar that held up until the final whistle.

The fourth quarter was scoreless as Cassville's JV players were given the opportunity to gain some valuable experience as they played successfully against the Tigers on a running clock.

The Wildcat defense came through in a big way at Lamar. Riehn and Trenton Tanner were both credited with a blocked kick, and Chris Smith came away with an interception.

There were five sacks for Cassville, one for Garret Mahurin, and two apiece for Riehn and Matt Stockton.

Ethan Couch led the defense with six tackles. Riehn, Stockton and J.R. Woodruff each tallied four tackles, Mahurin made three tackles, Brent Elkins, Cody Pierson, Smith and Tanner were credited with two tackles each, and Josh Lewright recorded one in the game.

Cassville's offense was also on top of its game, using the run to score on Lamar. The Wildcats gained a total of 224 yards rushing, with Nolan carrying for 158 of those yards. Gouvion was able to pick up 24 yards rushing, Seth Myers ran for 17 yards, Bo Blisard and Haney rushed for 11 yards each, Zach Vititoe ran for two yards and Riehn carried for one yard.

The special teams gave good support for the team once again. Jamieson had six kick-offs for 354 yards and three punts for 111 yards. Tanner accumulated a total of 97 yards of kick-off and punt returns.

In addition, the Wildcats only allowed seven yards on kick-off returns, and no yards were gained on punt returns.

Head Coach David Large felt that his team had an excellent performance at Lamar.

"The defense played outstanding once again," said Coach Large. "On offense, Jake Nolan did an incredible job running the option. The players had a great week in practice, and you could tell that they were focused when the game started."

This week, the Wildcats will return home to play against the 1-4 Nevada Tigers in a non-conference game that looks to be a tough match-up as Cassville prepares to celebrate homecoming.

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