The Cass Colonels achieved a significant upset against the Mays Raiders on Friday, emerging victorious with a 17-7 win on the road.
The game began quietly, with neither team scoring on its initial possession. However, Cass orchestrated an impressive drive, culminating in Devin Henderson‘s 2-yard rushing touchdown, propelling the Colonels to a 7-0 lead with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter.
During Mays’ subsequent possession, the Raiders mounted a solid drive, but their scoring prospects diminished when Devin Henderson intercepted a pass in the middle of the field, returning possession to Cass with less than a minute left in the opening quarter. Following this crucial takeaway, the Colonels’ offense continued to shine. Brodie McWhorter connected with Izak Koep for a 30-yard passing touchdown, extending Cass’s lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter.
The rest of the second quarter unfolded as a defensive battle, with both teams exchanging punts and failing to generate points. Despite the defensive struggle, Cass concluded the first half with a commanding 14-0 lead on the road.
At halftime, an unexpected event added a touch of chaos to the game. Some stadium lights went out, causing an hour-long delay before the second half could commence. Once the lights were restored, the game resumed.
In the third quarter, Mays gained momentum, securing a deep touchdown to narrow the score to 14-7 early in the quarter. However, this proved to be the sole scoring action in the quiet third quarter, and Cass entered the fourth quarter with a 14-7 advantage.
During the fourth quarter, Mays made a pivotal play, forcing a fumble and recovering it in Cass territory, creating a prime opportunity to potentially tie the game. Nevertheless, the Raiders failed to find the endzone, ultimately turning the ball over on downs early in the quarter.
Cass responded by methodically driving down the field, consuming valuable time on the clock. This sustained drive concluded with a short field goal, extending the Colonels’ lead to 17-7 late in the game. Despite Mays swiftly advancing into Cass territory, the Colonels’ defense stood firm, and Devin Henderson secured his second interception of the night, solidifying Cass’s 17-7 victory on the road.
With this triumph, Cass boasts a 7-5 record for the season and is poised to face the undefeated Coffee Trojans next week on Bartow Sports Zone.