CASSVILLE — It had been 15 years since McDonald County had beaten Cassville in football.

CASSVILLE — It had been 15 years since McDonald County had beaten Cassville in football.
The Mustangs definitely enjoyed playing the role of spoiler on Friday night, defeating the Wildcats 21-14 on their homecoming and rebounding from their first loss of the season last week against Seneca.
Cassville led 14-7 at halftime after an Anthony Tolbert 2-yard run and a D.J. White 35-yard touchdown pass from Shannon Haney, Cassville’s starting quarterback who returned to behind center after missing the East Newton game in Week 3.
The Mustangs’ work horse Friday night was senior running back Israel DeSantiago, who ran wild for 145 yards against the Wildcats. DeSantiago scored McDonald County’s only touchdown of the first half on a 27-yard run. The senior has thrived in new head coach Kellen Hoover’s return to running the football after last season’s spread experiment.
In the second half, McDonald County kept Cassville off the scoreboard and the Mustangs’ defense set up the tying score midway through the third with a turnover inside the Cassville 5.
Two plays later, Peyton Barton hit Kennedy Hodson on a 6-yard touchdown pass.
The Mustangs took the lead for good when Dylan Teague capped off a long drive with a 1-yard run with 6:56 remaining on the clock.
McDonald County improved to 3-1 overall and 1-1 Big 8. The Mustangs won their first Big 8 game since beating East Newton in 2015.
McDonald County returns home Friday for its homecoming contest against Mount Vernon. The Mustangs and the Mountaineers come in with matching 3-1 overall records, their only losses both coming against Seneca.
With their three wins already this season, the Mustangs have already matched their highest number of wins this decade, three also done in 2010 and 2012. McDonald County last won four games in 2006.
Last season, Mount Vernon gave McDonald County a 53-8 loss.