Wildcats to honor seniors Friday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Cassville's Leigh Cox busts through the line for big yardage against East Newton on Friday. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville looks to close regular season strong against Seneca

It is close.

Only 0.64 points separate Cassville and Aurora for the No. 3 seed and No. 4 seed in the Class 3, District 4 standings.

Dalton Jett, 69, makes his presence felt with a big hit against the Patriots. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

While it does not matter where they are seeded according to Cassville Coach Lance Parnell, it does affect who they would play.

If Cassville defeats Seneca Friday by 13 points or more, then Cassville would get the No. 3 seed and host Mt. Vernon. It would also set up the possibility of a rematch with Monett in the semifinal.

A loss, or a narrow win (13-points or less) combined with an Aurora win over East Newton, means that Cassville would get the No. 4 seed and face Seneca for the second week in a row. However, that would set up a likely semifinal game with Reeds Spring.

Gilbert Medina, left, and Dylan Klewer converge to tackle an East Newton running back on Friday. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

"I really don't care who or where we play," Parnell said. "Eventually, we have to play and beat everyone. I care that we play well."

Over the last two weeks, playing well is something that Wildcats have got back to doing. Parnell gives all the credit to his players buying in and learning the schemes.

"We ask a lot out of our players," he said. "There is a lot to learn and these guys have put the effort in and worked hard to get prepared each week."

Cassville quarterback Gabe Kirk prepares to pitch the ball during varsity action Friday at East Newton. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Parnell said Seneca has also gotten better each week and are playing well.

"They have started to move the ball on the ground recently," Parnell said. "The key for us will be up front. If we can't control the line, we'll be in trouble."

On Friday, Cassville will honor its senior players.

"They have been a fun group to be around," Parnell said. "They have shown up to work with a smile and played through adversity. I hope we still have several more weeks together."

Keys for Cassville

* On the ground: Cassville is undefeated when rushing for 150 or more yards this season in a game.

* Lead from the front: The Wildcats need to score early and often. Wildcat Nation wants and deserves a chance to face Monett again.

* No turnovers: Cassville can't give Seneca a short field to work with.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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