Wildcats put record on line

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Cassville’s Killian Barbee gains yardage after a catch Friday during the Wildcats’ 42-0 win over Aurora. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville to face balanced Irish attack

In banking, there is a saying that missing dollars do not drive accountants mad as much as the missing pennies.

The devil is always in the details.

After one week, Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, took pride in how his team played in a win over Aurora.

“I was extremely proud that we came out, lined up and played Week 1,” Parnell said. “We had zero turnovers, only two penalties and handled the little details well. That is something as a coach, especially in the first game of the season, you want to see.”

A week after posting 42 points in a victory over Aurora, No. 8 Cassville (1-0) travels to Springfield Catholic (1-0) in an attempt to remain perfect on the young season and to gain solid district footing.

The Irish are currently ranked No. 11 in the latest Class 3 poll, and a win would ensure that they crack the top 10.

A year ago the Irish offensively were center upon an exceptionally talented quarterback in Tyson Riley.

The Wildcats took Riley out of the picture and rolled to a 37-7 victory.

Last week, Catholic found itself in a 20-0 hole and bounced back showing it could be balanced in an offensive approach, roaring to a 41-26 victory over Seneca.

The Irish threw for 214 yards and ran for another 181.

Quarterback Will Squibb was efficient, connecting 10-of-16 passes with 2 touchdowns, the longest of which was a 44-yard strike.

“The Squibb kid is a heck of an athlete, and he allows them to do some different things than what they could last year,” Parnell said. “He throws the ball well, and they have a bunch of athletes around the field that are going to make things difficult on us.”

Catholic used seven different running backs, and five different receivers caught passes.

Matthew Schmittling carried the load on the ground with 18 carries for 56 yards. Squibb called his own number 16 times for 53 yards.

For the Wildcats, they will not only be battling the Irish on the field, but they face their first true road test of the season.

“First, we know we are going to face a good Catholic team,” Parnell said. “Springfield Catholic is a tough place to go into and play. We are going to get our first road test. We need to get off the bus focused and find that intensity early. We have to be disciplined and play assignment football if we want to come away with a victory.”

Keys for Cassville

• Strike early

Nothing calms a team down any more than getting a score or a big play early in the game. Look for Cassville to maybe mix in a gadget play.

• Stay home

The Irish like to use misdirection in the run game. The Wildcats must maintain gap control and clog up the interior running lanes. Cassville wants to force Catholic to bounce to the outside where the speed of its defense can limit gains.

• Secondary push

Catholic will throw the ball up and let their tall receivers go make plays. Seneca struggled making tackles and defending the pass in the second half. Cassville has the film from that game and they must solve that passing riddle this week in practice.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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  • Blitz often, even when they are not in a passing situation. High school quarterbacks have a hard time finding their receivers when they are scrambling in the backfield or on their backs. If they start passing quick outs, tighten corner distant on wide outs and key tight ends to see if they are blocking or releasing for a pop pass. Key backfield to shut down screens or swing passes Defensive linemen stay in their lanes. This will shut any passing game down. We have the personnel.

    -- Posted by Doug Edwards on Thu, Sep 5, 2019, at 5:37 PM
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