Cassville blows by Catholic
Wildcats’ defense strong in home win
In front of the alumni from the 1998 district title team, the 2018 Wildcats did not disappoint, claiming a 34-7 win over Springfield Catholic in their home opener.
The teams traded punts to start the game, then the Wildcats’ defense set the tone. Only a couple plays into the second Irish drive, Bowen Preddy recovered a fumble at midfield.
Cassville (2-0) then went deep into the playbook and Ethan Hoppes unleashed a wide receiver pass to a wide open DJ White, who waltzed untouched into the end zone.
After another Irish punt, Zack Cannon broke a long run to set up Preddy for a juke-and-jive 51-yard scamper to paydirt and a 13-0 lead.
The defense continued to roar for Cassville, as another fumble recovery set the Wildcats up at the Springfield 24-yard line. About 3 minutes later, Shannon Haney got the push on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line on fourth down to push the lead to 20.
Springfield (1-1) threatened late in the first half, but a hard, well-timed Jonny Medina hit popped a would-be catch free and held the Irish ay bay.
In the second half, Springfield got the ball moving, stringing a drive together and scoring on a 3-yard option.
Cassville kept the pedal on the gas. White returned the ensuing kickoff to the 41, and a few plays later, Haney hit a gap in the right to go 54 yards untouched into the end zone.
The Wildcats forced an Irish punt and began running clock in the fourth quarter, with Anthony Tolbert punching in a 1-yard run to paydirt to put the nail in the Irish coffin.
Cassville heads to Monett on Friday to face the Cubs in the Barry County Brawl. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.