Cassville to face another state-ranked team Friday
Wildcats look to stop two-game skid at Carl Junction
As a coach, there are things that you can control and things you can not control.
Motivation, preparedness and energy are items that a coach can give his team. The unknowns are things that drive coaches crazy.
This week, a young Wildcats team got even younger because of events outside of the coaches control.
"We will be young at nearly every position on the field against Carl Junction," said Lance Parnell, Cassville coach. "We have a lot of work to do in order to get better."
This will mark the third consecutive week that the Wildcats have faced a state-ranked opponent.
"They have a good running back and their quarterback completes a high percentage of his attempts," Parnell said. "Coach [Doug] Buckmaster does a good job of scheming to create mismatches. We will have our hands full."
With just four games of stats available, it is easy to spot trends in the Carl Junction offense.
The Bulldogs offense is sparked by junior quarterback Ryan Devore. He has completed 78 percent of his passes (49 of 63) for 675 yards and five touchdowns. The Bulldogs are averaging 215 yards passing per contest.
A mix of running backs has allowed Carl Junction to average 286 yards rushing per contest. Keynan Scheurich is the team's leading rusher with 689 yards on 66 carries (10.4 yards per carry average). Scheurich is averaging 172.3 yards per contests and has scored 13 touchdowns.
For Cassville, its offense will be its best defense.
"We have got to keep drives alive and move the ball," Parnell said. "We can't afford to get into a shootout with them."
Keys for Cassville
* Stay ahead of the chains: The Wildcats must move the chains and shorten the game if they want to win.
* Wrap up: With a prolific short passing game, the defense must make the stop at the point of attack.
* Score: Sounds simple, but is proving hard for the Wildcats' offense which has gone eight quarters without a score.
Keys for Carl Junction
* Establish the run: If the Bulldogs move the ball on the ground, it will be a long night for the Wildcats.
* Eliminate turnovers: In its first four games, the Bulldogs have 12 turnovers.
* Go deep: Look for some long pass attempts in an attempt to loosen the Wildcats loading the box.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.