Junior Varsity beats Lamar to move to 3-0
September 14, 2012Cassville Football
Story by Kyle Wood
The JV Wildcats had the great opportunity to play at the home of Missouri Southern, in Joplin, for a football “cat fight” to take on the Lamar Tigers. After all the rain the past couple of weekends, Lamars football field was deemed unplayable and so the team and coaches pounced on the idea to take the shorter bus trip to Joplin instead of Lamar. The JV ‘cats would not disappoint on this night that saw an Offense that would scratch and claw for every yard that was gained and a Defense that seemed to be stalking their pray all night long.
The Wildcats needed a little luck early on in the game to get started. Lamar won the toss and elected to receive and had a long return that saw their returner pushed out of bounds 5 yards away from a TD, but a yellow flag was on the field. The long return would be brought all the way back to the Lamar 25 yard line, due to a holding call. Lamar’s offense put a nice drive together to get the game started, but the Cassville defense stepped up and made a BIG stop on 4th down holding Lamar just a whisker short of a first down inside the wildcat’s 25 yard line. The Cassville Offense would turn the ball over immediately after one play, forcing the defense to the field again. This time the defense would attack the Lamar offense and get the ball back to the ‘Cats offense on 3 running plays and a punt. Chase Jackson would spend the rest of the night making up for his one fumble and it started the very next time he touched the ball. Jackson earned tough yards all night and he would open the scoring in the first and 2nd quarter with a bulldozing effort on the first touchdown from four yards out and breaking tackles and out running everyone to pay dirt for the 2nd touchdown, making the score 12-0 after two missed extra points. The Wildcats remained strong on defense, as a group of Wildcat defenders seemed to devour every Lamar running attempt. The scoring the 1st half would end with a 25 yard pass from Quarterback, Marcus Weatherman, to a wide open Tight End, Jordan Adams, bring the score to 18-0.
The 2nd half was a lot of the same for both sides of the Cassville Wildcats JV Football team. The offense moved the ball consistently on the ground and took advantage of coverage break downs through the air while the defense seemed to have no problem herding Lamar’s cats. The 2nd half would open with a touchdown through the air. This time Weatherman would find wide receiver Glen Thomas streaking as quick as a cat down the sideline for an easy 30 yard score. Bradley Lueckenhoff would add the extra point and bring the score to 25-0. The fourth quarter saw the JV team start the Turbo Clock on the Lamar after being ahead 38-0. Josh Brown and Isaiah Phinney would add the next two touchdowns to bring the last scoring for the ‘cats, with Lueckenhoff adding both extra points. Lamar would find its only points of the night with 4 seconds to go in the game on a long pass, with a successful two point conversion. Afterwards, Coach Kyle Wood had time to reflect on the night. Wood said, “ I was very proud of how our defense flew to the ball. The boys played hard all night and never let down their intensity.” Coach Weldy added, “I was really proud of the guys effort, it was the best game we played this year, and I thought we executed in all 3 phases of the game very well.”