Wildcats shutout Lamar, 31-0
The Lamar Tigers, the defending Class 2 state champions and the pick of many preseason polls to supplant Cassville as the Big 8 champion, fumbled away their conference title hopes with a 31-0 loss at Cassville on Friday night. In a game marred by heavy rain, wind, and a long lightning delay in the second quarter, the Tigers lost four fumbles and had a punt blocked for a touchdown.
In fact, the Tigers fumbled on two of their first three plays from scrimmage and dug themselves a mudhole, both figuratively and literally. The south end of Wildcat Stadium deteriorated rapidly, as all but two first-quarter plays from scrimmage occurred on Lamar's side of the 50-yard line.
The defeat sent Lamar to the back of the line of conference contenders. The Tigers now own a 1-2 overall record after suffering consecutive losses in the Big 8.
The Wildcats improved to 3-0 with the 31-0 victory. Lance Parnell's defense recorded consecutive shutouts, tacking the Lamar score onto the 45-0 win over McDonald County. Cassville didn't record a shutout last season until Week 9, when they downed East Newton by a 44-0 margin.