ANDERSON — By the end of the 2018 high school football season, McDonald County running back Oakley Roessler should become more of a household name in Missouri.
You can be sure that McDonald County’s first five opponents this season remember Roessler’s name, after his play against Marshfield, Logan-Rogersville, East Newton, Hollister, and Nevada.
Roessler gashed Nevada for 220 yards and five touchdowns during a 42-20 Homecoming victory Friday night for the Mustangs.
Seems like just another Friday night for Roessler and his battalion of blockers.
McDonald County improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 Big 8 West heading into their Week 6 showdown at unbeaten Cassville.
Turnovers and penalties definitely inhibited Nevada on Friday night, as the Tigers have shown all season they are very capable of breaking the big play at any moment.
Neosho sophomore running back Kaden Denney could have had a monster night, but holding penalties eliminated his touchdown runs of 58 and 62 yards.
McDonald County state champion wrestler Oscar Ortiz, a free safety in football, intercepted a Ty Thomas pass, Nevada made a pair of special teams miscues, and a fumble produced Nevada’s fourth turnover of the first 24 minutes.
Meanwhile, McDonald County built a 28-0 halftime lead on three Roessler touchdowns and Joe Brown’s 2-yard TD run.
Nevada broke into the scoring column on a Denney 10-yard TD run, but the Mustangs pushed their lead to 42-6 after Roessler’s fourth and fifth scoring runs of the night.
Nevada closed out the scoring on a Denney 12-yard run and a Thomas 4-yard run.
McDonald County must be a favorite for Cassville to schedule for Homecoming.
Last season, McDonald County played spoiler with a 21-14 win on the Wildcats’ Homecoming.
In that contest, McDonald County erased a 14-7 deficit and senior running back Israel DeSantiago and the bruising Mustangs offensive line battered away on the Wildcats for the win. McDonald County also made a key pass play for a score.
McDonald County had last beaten Cassville in 2002.
This season’s Wildcats have a lot of players from last season’s team and you can be sure they have not forgotten what happened last season.
Cassville steamrolled East Newton 47-0 — all 47 points in the first half — en route to a 5-0 overall and 3-0 Big 8 West record.