Wildcats shutout Lamar, 31-0

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Cody Frana tackles the Lamar punter. Garrett Kirk picked up the loose ball to score a Wildcat touchdown.[Chuck nickle Photography]

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 defensive line gave an outstanding performance against the Tigers during a game that was played almost entirely in rain. {Chuck Nickle Photography]

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.

Wildcat running back, Brent Thompson, proved to be an effective offensive weapon against Lamar.[Chuck Nickle Photography]
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