Cassville’s season ends with 42-7 loss to Reeds Spring
Pundits say it's tough to beat the same team twice, and for the Cassville football team, the phrase proved true in a 42-7 loss at home to Reeds Spring in the district semifinals.
The Wildcats looked strong from the start, connecting a long pass to DJ White. However, the first turnover of the night bit Cassville, as White fumbled and the Wolves drove 92 yards to take a 7-0 lead.
Cassville managed to strike back on its next drive, when Bowen Preddy reeled in a rope through the middle and went the rest of the 72 yards to paydirt. This, however, would be the final touchdown of the 2017 season.
Reeds Spring on its next drive was forced into a punt, but a too many men on the field call against Cassville gave the ball back to the Wolves near midfield. Reeds then broke a 54-yard rush for a score to take the lead.
Another turnover by the Wildcats led to a Reeds score, as a fumble on a long drive set up a 79-yard rushing touchdown and put Reeds Spring up by two scores.
The Wildcats caught a break late in the half when the Wolves had a 54-yard touchdown pass in hand, but a strip fumble sent the ball out of the end zone for a touchback. Cassville moved the ball to the Wolves' half of the field, but time ran out on a score before the break.
The second half was all Reeds Spring. As Cassville started taking shots downfield, the Wolves' secondary stepped up its game, picking off two passes and nearly a third. Reeds Spring added scores on a 60-yard rush, a 1-yard rush and a 43-yard rush to push the game well out of the Wildcats' reach.
The Wildcats wrap up the year at 7-4 and now head into the offseason. Reeds Spring advances to the district championship game.