Wildcats aim to stay perfect

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Cassville quarterback Gabe Kirk turns the corner on an Aurora defender during the Wilcats' 36-12 win over the Houn Dawgs on Friday. Chuck Nickle Photography

Week Two 
presents battle of the unbeatens

Andy Shepherd, left, and Dalton Jett take down an Aurora ball carrier Friday in the Wildcats' win over the Houn Dawgs. Chuck Nickle Photography

The test for the young gridiron Wildcats continues this week as they welcome the Mountain Grove Panthers, the No. 6 ranked team in Class 3, to Cassville on Friday.

"They're good," said Lance Parnell, Cassville head coach. "They have two good linemen, a good quarterback and a talented running back. We are going to be tested."

The Cassville skipper added he was proud of his team's growth from the Jamboree to Week One.

"The boys put in a great week of practice, and it showed on the field," Parnell said. "This week, we have to keep that trend going."

Mountain Grove runs a double-tight, veer offense, something that Cassville is familiar with.

"We've seen it a time or two," Parnell said. "On defense, it becomes assignment football. We will have to execute to be successful."

Keys for Cassville

* No mental mistakes: Parnell said too many penalties were a concern from Week One. He does not want his team giving up free yards.

* Use controlled chaos: The wildcats want to play wild, fast and free on defense to disrupt the Panther attack. However, they have to be under control.

* Score first: If Cassville scores the first points, the home field advantage becomes huge with the roar of the crowd.

Keys for Mountain Grove

* Silence the roar: The Panthers don't want to find out how loud the fans in Cassville can get. With a ball-control offense, they want to shorten the game and squeeze the Wildcats.

* Shorten the game: The longer its offense is on the field, the more it takes Cassville out of the game.

* Overcome the storm: Cassville will be fired up, so if the Panthers can weather the initial surge, they might have a chance.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.

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