Cassville cruises by Catholic, 49-21

Friday, September 6, 2019
Jericho Farris cuts past a Springfield Catholic player after snagging an interception in Friday's 49-21 win over the Irish. Kyle Troutman/

Wildcats overcome early mistakes to secure win

A slow start developed into another rout in favor of Cassville Friday, triumphing over Springfield Catholic on the road, 49-21.

The Wildcats found the scoreboard first, driving about 60 yards before Bowen Preddy took an option pitch 10 yards to the end zone. 

Nate Boley fights his way to a sack Friday during the Wildcats' 49-21 win over Springfield Catholic. Kyle Troutman/

The Irish then found themselves at fourth-and-2, and a false start led to a punt and short field for Cassville. However, a fumble gave the ball back, and Catholic scored shortly after on a 5-yard run to tie the game. 

Cassville struggles again to hold onto the ball, losing a second fumble and allowing the Irish to score on a 28-yard pass only 27 seconds after their first touchdown. 

The Wildcats found their form after that. White scored on a 21-yard pass to tie the game again, then after a bad punt snap by the Irish, Cassville capitalized on a short field with a 16-yard Preddy run just inside the pylon on fourth-and-2. 

The Wildcats extended the lead with a 9-yard passing score to White with only 5 seconds left in the opening half. 

Cassville blew the game out in the second half. White picked off a long Irish pass, setting up a four-play, 35-yard drive capped with a 3-yard Preddy run for a score. Zach Coenen added a 2-yard score four minutes later.

Near the end of the third quarter, a Jericho Farris interception led to a Bates 5-yard sweep score and the mercy rule being initiated.

Catholic added a 35-yard passing touchdown, but the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.

Cassville returns home Friday to host Monett in the Barry County Brawl.

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