Cass-Midway season ends at Skyline

By Kevin Agee Ozark Sports Zone
Posted: November 15, 2014 - 7:55 PM

The Skyline Tigers are getting one more day.

They’ve earned at least one more game after defeating Cass-Midway 48-46 to earn a spot in the Class 1 final four, but that saying – one more day – carries a much deeper meaning for the Tigers, head coach Brandon Shelby said.

“We’re blessed to deal with these kids,” Shelby said. “This school has been through a lot in the last year. We lost some kids this summer in a tragic accident, some kids have had some hardships and some of our teachers with cancer and everything.

“We’ve talked about that a lot, just playing with a warrior’s heart. A warrior’s spirit. Hopefully the way we play the game can be an inspiration to them.”

The host Tigers (10-3) did not appear to be short on inspiration of their own in the first half of the contest, as they rolled up a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and were ahead 27-12 at halftime. But what appeared to be a likely blowout ended up a precarious affair after Cass-Midway notched a furious comeback to get back in the game.

In fact, the Vikings (12-1) closed the gap to within a point at 41-40 in the fourth quarter after quarterback Tyler Wright raced into the end zone from 16 yards out, then converted the two-point conversion try. Then, after Skyline quarterback Dylan Mountain notched a 10-yard touchdown run of his own at the other end for a 48-40 lead, Wright responded with a four-yard scoring run to make it a 48-46 game with just 12 seconds to play.

That’s when the Skyline defense, which had been torched for 34 second-half points, toughened up. Wright – who had delivered five touchdown runs and converted a pair of two-point tries – took the snap on a quarterback draw play and lunged for the goal line, but this time came up short. The Tigers recovered the Cass-Midway onside kick, and the final four celebration was on.

However, the stop didn’t come easily, senior linebacker Kade Kelley said.

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