Wildcats wary of Aurora air game

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cassville's Kyle Ruark finds space during the Wildcats' win over Seneca on Friday. Shannon Haney Sr./Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville looking to avoid trap game scenario

With a win over Seneca on Friday, the Cassville football team secured a home playoff game in the district tournament.

The Wildcats are currently seeded No. 3 and could finish no lower that the No. 4 seed if the season collapsed and they lost the final two games of the year.

While publicly, Lance Parnell will say he does not care where or who his Wildcats play in week 10, but the idea of being home is appealing to Wildcat Nation.

On Friday, the Wildcats (5-2, 3-2) travel to Aurora (1-6, 1-4) in what could have the makings of a trap game.

The Wildcats are coming off a performance in which they rushed for 440 yards and had eight rushing touchdowns.

Cassville is facing a team that has given up 28 points in six of its seven games this season.

Still, Parnell insists that his squad will be focused and ready.

"Aurora has one of the best quarterbacks in the conference in Payton Evans," he said. "When you have a dual threat quarterback, you don't take anything for granted. This is still Big 8 football."

Parnell said it is no secret what the Houn' Dawgs want to do on Friday.

"We know they want to throw it around a little bit," he said. "It comes down to our ability to get pressure on Evans."

The coach praised his offensive and defensive lines.

"Those guys have been the foundation point for our success since I got here at Cassville," Parnell said. "Our success or failure on Friday night rest squarely upon their shoulders."

Keys for Cassville

* Ground, pound and grind

Cassville would love to have another 400-yard team rushing performance. Look for the Wildcats to attempt to replicate the numbers put up against Seneca.

* Rush hour

Cassville cannot sit back and let Evans have time to survey the field. Look for Parnell to dial up the pressure a bit.

* Find the energy

Cassville must summon the energy to get excited for this game. On paper it has the makings of a blowout, and the Wildcats will attempt to make that a reality.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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