Wildcats blank Wolves on road
Cassville overcomes weather in 35-0 win
A quick start and the ability to pass through wet conditions sent Cassville into the final game of the season with an 8-0 record following Friday’s 35-0 win over Reeds Spring.
The Wildcats played heads-up football from the get-go, tackling the Wolves’ returner at the 8-yard line on the opening kickoff, then recovering a fumble at the Reeds Spring 32. Two plays later, Ethan Hoppes hit a wide open DJ White on a reverse pass for a 30-yard score less than 3 minutes into the game.
On their next possession, the Wolves were forced back inside their 10, and the punter slipped on the wet turf, giving Cassville the ball only 5 yards from paydirt. Shannon Haney found the end zone on the first play, giving the Wildcats a 14-0 lead.
White made his mark again with 3:06 left in the opening frame, using his focus to pull in a tipped pass for a 33-yard touchdown catch.
The remainder of the first half slowed down, up until the final minute. Undeterred by holding penalties in the half, one of which negating another White touhdown, the Wildcats drove 59 yards to punch in a 2-yard score for Bowen Preddy with 21 seconds until the break.
Cassville started the third quarter how it ended the second. Hoppes returned the kickoff to the Wolves’ 10, then Preddy activated the turbo clock with a score on fourth-and-2.
The rest of the game flew by quickly, with neither team altering the scoreboard.
With the win, Cassville is in line for a possible No. 1 district seed. The Wildcats return home Friday for a showdown of Big 8 undefeateds against Lamar. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.