Jared Lankford: Barry County Brawl: 7th edition
Traveling trophy, district positioning up for grabs Friday
The football rivalry between Cassville and Monett plays second fiddle to no other gridiron matchup.
It is as intense a rivalry as can be found in not only southwest Missouri, but in the entire state.
The players all know each other, and the roots run deep.
After assuming many different names, some unsuitable for print, each school decided to name the game the “Barry County Brawl” and created a traveling trophy that is housed by the winning school until the series is renewed the next season.
The trophy, in its first six years of existence, has spent three years at Cassville, and three at Monett.
The Wildcats won the first meeting, 27-0, in a game where the score did not reflect just how dominate the Wildcats were in the contest.
Cassville scored on its first offensive play, and was on cruise control the remainder of the game. The Cubs never seriously threatened the Wildcats.
In the second installment, Monett returned the favor with a convincing 38-0 rout of the Wildcats on the turf at Burl Fowler Stadium that was highlighted by the Cubs running the opening kickoff back.
Four years ago, Monett claimed the first road win in the series with a 34-6 decision. The Cubs added a third consecutive Brawl victory in 2016 with a thrilling, come-from-behind 21-20 win.
Two years ago, Cassville broke the Monett streak by pitching a shutout of the Cubs in the form of a 21-0 decision.
Last season, the Wildcats won a 49-12 decision in the rain at Burl Fowler Stadium.
This year, the stakes are even higher.
Cassville enters the game 2-0 and knocked off Springfield Catholic.
The Cubs enter the contest at 1-1 and are looking to build off a solid performance at Marshfield.
This game is huge for both teams. Currently, the Wildcats hold the No. 1 district ranking, but a Monett win would jet the Cubs into that spot.
Additionally, the winner will sit atop the conference standings.
A Monett win means the Cubs have a shot at home field advantage throughout the district playoffs, a loss would mean Monett would likely not finish higher than third in the district’s final standings.
With bragging rights on the line, the game has the makings of the best since the name “Brawl” was added to the contest.
The following are numbers and stats surrounding the Barry County Brawl:
• 2-4: The record of road teams in the Brawl games.
• 38: The number of combined points the losing team has scored in all six regular season Brawl meetings (6.3 points per game).
• 190: The number of combined points the winning team has scored in all four regular season Brawl meetings (31.6 points per game).
• 3-3: Cassville Coach Lance Parnell’s record in the Brawl.
• 2-2: Monett coach Derrek Uhl’s record in the Brawl.
• 10-9: Cassville record against Monett in the last 19 meetings (15 seasons, four playoff games).
• 4: Games won by less than 7 points during the last 14 meetings (2016, 2012, 2009, 2007).
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Jared Lankford is the sports editor of the Cassville Democrat. He may be reached at 417-847-2610 or at email@example.com