Wildcats to awake at Friday jam

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Logan Carlin and the Wildcats will knock off the rust of the offseason on Friday in the annual jamboree at Parkview High School. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

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For the Cassville football team, Friday night marks the first chance for the Black and Gold to hit people in jerseys of another color.

High school football in Missouri starts unofficially Friday night with the annual football jamborees. What, in reality, is nothing more than a glorified practice, the jamboree gives coaches a chance to evaluate their respective teams.

Cassville Coach Lance Parnell leads his Wildcats to Springfield on Friday for jamboree action. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

The Wildcats will hit the road for Springfield for a jamboree with Parkview, Willard and Republic.

“I love the jamboree format,” said Lance Parnell, Cassville coach. “You can’t simulate other teams’ speed or style of play in practice, and playing three other opponents gives us a great look at where we need to grow. You always finds some good, but it also give you a full week to correct the things that were bad.”

According to Parnell, there are plenty of questions for the Wildcats going into Friday night’s event, and the coaching staff hopes to answer several of them.

“We always use these games as a measuring stick for our program,” Parnell said. “All we have done to this point is see each other. We want our kids to compete, and we get a chance to get feel for the Friday lights and have to react to a none scripted environment.”

Outside of the obvious in-game benefits for the Wildcats, the team will get to practice its full pre-game warmup.

The coaches feel like the team has taken positive steps every day in practice.

“Our players, especially this senior class, have embraced their leadership roles,” Parnell said. “Without strong leaders, teams struggle in pressure situations. We are young in several spots on the field, and we want to see who can step up and fill those gaps. We need those older guys to be our leaders on and off the field.”

The jamboree at JFK Stadium is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

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