On Saturday November 22 Cassville’s High School Football Team defeated 13 – 0 Chilicothe, and won the chance for State Championship.
On Friday November 28 six School Bus drivers, on three School Buses began a journey to St. Louis to the Edward Jones Dome – the home of the Rams – with the High School band in two buses and cheering fans in one bus. The players, cheerleaders, and several others went to St. Louis on Charter buses, and spent Thanksgiving night in St. Louis, MO. This was an event that had the small town of Cassville really excited, and people volunteered to pay for these charters to send the boys. They also made a little of it back with two other charters for Cassville to buy a seat for 35 dollars, which covered their admission into the games; at least that is what I was told.
In a car you can make the trip to St. Louis in about 4.5 hours. In a School Bus hauling kids it is more like 5 to 6 hours. I think the trip home was about 7 hours due to stopping to eat, fueling the buses and a stop to relieve ourselves one time.
Our Cassville team played a team from the Cardinal Ritter School near St. Louis. According to some reports from sports people, Cassville didn’t have a chance. Cassville was going to get stomped. None of those things were to be. I won’t even try to give you all the details of the game, or a play by play, but it was Cassville who made the first touchdown, and it was Cassville who made the final touchdown with extra points; winning the game with a 31 – 7 lead.
Like I have said a few times; I am no sports fan, but I can get into a good High School Football game now and then and I especially like those Cassville Wildcats from Cassville, Missouri. It may partly be because Cassville is my Alma Mater. I graduated from there in 1972, and nothing like this has happened before.
Those students we hauled to the game didn’t get back to Cassville until 3:00 a.m. It was a long night, and day.
The Wildcats are now the Class 3A Champions in the State of Missouri.
GO CASSVILLE WILDCATS!!!
Tim A. Blankenship