Wildcats hit the road for jamboree

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cassville senior Chase Jackson tries to pick up some yards against Seneca last season, Jackson will be asked to carry more of the Wildcats' running load. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Coaches looking for emerging playmakers in Friday games

High school football in Missouri starts unofficially Friday night with the annual football jamborees getting underway.

What, in reality, is nothing more than a glorified practice, the jamboree gives coaches a chance to evaluate their respective teams.

The Cassville Wildcats hit the road for their jamboree in Springfield with Parkview, Willard and Neosho.

"We are going to face three talented schools," said Lance Parnell, Cassville coach. "It will give us a chance to see where our guys are at and help us determine some starting positions."

Parnell and his staff have preached a message of leadership and accountability this summer. He has been pleased with the job his team has done in accepting both roles.

"Our players, especially this senior class, have embraced their leadership roles," Parnell said. "Without strong leaders, teams struggle in pressure situations."

Going into the jamboree, Parnell said he wants to see a competitive nature about his Wildcats.

The Wildcats football team will get its first taste of gridiron action this Friday in Springfield with the annual jamboree. The Wildcats will scrimmage against Parkview, Neosho and Willard. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

"We are young in several spots on the field and we want to see who can step up and fill those gaps," he said. "We will be ready."

According to Parnell, the linebacking core has seen the most growth and has the most potential for growth.

"We are young and inexperienced at linebacker," Parnell said. "But we do have a group of players that are eager to learn and I believe will get better."

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