Setting a Tiger trap

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
DJ White breaks a tackle Friday during the Wildcats’ win over McDonald County. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville welcomes Nevada to town

Fresh off a convincing win over McDonald County, the Cassville football team (5-1) welcomes Nevada to town on Friday.

Despite the Tigers’ 0-6 record, Cassville Coach Lance Parnell is not letting his team lose focus.

“The last three weeks have been about being mentally sharp, as well as physically sharp,” Parnell said. “Nevada is a single-wing team that is good at misdirection and getting backers to move their eyes and lose the ball. We can’t afford to look past them, and we must do our jobs.”

Parnell praised the effort of his team against the Mustangs.

“I thought our line play was outstanding,” Parnell said. “Our backs were able to get good yardage. On defense, we took the run away and dominated the line of scrimmage.”

The Wildcats are still in the running for the No. 1 district seed, but need Seneca to beat Mt. Vernon on Friday. Additionally, they control their own fate in the conference title race. If Cassville can win its last three games, it will finish no worse than tie for the division crown.

Keys for Cassville

• Run away

Cassville will have an advantage on the line in size and athleticism. Friday night will serve as an opportunity for the linemen to show how much they have grown this season. They need to open holes for the backs to run away to the end zone.

• Pressure up front

Cassville will likely stack the box and dare the Tigers to throw. That strategy has worked for other teams against Nevada.

• Clean it up

The Wildcats still have yet to play a clean game with no penalties or turnovers. Friday night would be a great chance to show that they could accomplish that feat.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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