Wildcats regroup after home loss

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Cassville's Cody Olson puts pressure on the Mountain Grove quarterback during the Wildcats' game on Friday. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Coach wants team to set tone with more physical play

In the maritime community, there is an old adage that goes, fair weather doesn't make for good sailors.

While no coach of team wants to lose a game, it is something that every team has to deal with.

On Friday, the Wildcats (1-1, 1-0) suffered their first defeat of the season to Mountain Grove, 30-19. Cassville Coach Lance Parnell was blunt and up front to his team after the contest.

"We weren't the most physical team on the field," he said. "You have got to credit Mountain Grove, they came in here and beat us. I have always believed that the most physical team usually wins the game."

The Wildcats watched game film on Monday to see areas that they could improve upon, and to scout this week's opponent, McDonald County.

"We still have a multitude of mistakes that we need to correct," Parnell said. "In Week One, we had too many penalties, and in Week Two, we didn't display the physical nature in the second half I thought we needed."

With McDonald County (0-2) coming to town, it might be easy for the Wildcats to discount their talent and not focus. Parnell sees a different team in the Mustangs, one that deserves Cassville's full attention and focus.

"McDonald County is much improved this season," Parnell said. "They have a big line and a big physical quarterback [in Jake Wood]. It will be a test for us."

The Mustangs are under

the guidance of first-year Coach Corey Henry and have adopted a new attitude of physicality.

After getting blitzed by Neosho 50-0 to start the season, the Mustangs retooled and played with Aurora before ultimately falling, 27-6.

"They want to get physical, but they also can throw the ball around," Parnell said.

Keys for Cassville

* Get tough: Looked for the black and gold to be firing on all cylinders on defense. They don't want to be beat physically twice in back-to-back games at home.

* Shorten the field: Cassville feeds off turnovers. A short field brings out the offense's killer nature.

* Pound on the ground: Look for a steady diet of running plays that will allow the Wildcats to impose their will.

Keys for McDonald Co.

* Establish momentum: The Mustangs need positive plays early to give themselves the confidence they can compete.

* Get big up front: Look for McDonald County to mimic Mountain Grove's line play and try to establish physicality up front.

* Keep it close: The tighter the game is in the fourth quarter, the more it favors the visitors. The pressure is on Cassville to win this game.

Kickoff on Friday is slated for 7 p.m.

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