Turnovers cost 'Cats in loss

Friday, September 29, 2017

Cassville downed by Seneca, 33-14

A tough battle in Seneca did not go the Wildcats' way on Friday, as four turnovers bit Cassville en route to a 33-14 loss.

The Indians started by driving 67 yards to score on a quarterback option keeper. Garrett Knight took the ensuing kickoff to the Wildcats' 33-yard line, and a screen pass got Cassville into Indians territory. However, an overthrown pass was intercepted and returned to the Indians' 47-yard line.

The Wildcats found success on their next drive, with a little help from the Indians. After recovering their own fumble, a roughing the punter call gave Cassville a first down. On the next play, quarterback Shannon Haney tossed the ball to halfback Ethan Hoppes, and Hoppes launched a pass up the middle to find DJ White for a 52-yard touchdown play.

After another Seneca score, Cassville put together a strong drive with gains by Haney and Tolbert, plus a fourth-down catch by DJ White. However, once in the red zone, a fumble turned the ball over to the Indians and left the halftime score at 20-7.

Hoppes got Cassville fans on their feet to start the second half, returning the kickoff all the way to the Indians' 10-yard line. The Wildcats made good on the big play, with Anthony Tolbert trotting in to bring the deficit to one score.

After a pair of punts, Seneca converted a fourth-and-3, then scored on a misdirection play to go up 26-14.

Cassville took the ball into Indian territory on the next drive, but a fake punt on fourth down came up just short.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Cassville got the ball back on a punt. Forced into a fourth-and-1, Haney was hit again punting and the Wildcats kept the ball. After two more first downs, a fade pass was intercepted in the end zone. Cassville got the ball back one more time with under three minutes to go, but a Haney fumble gave the ball right back.

Cassville hosts Aurora on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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