Wildcats moving forward

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bowen Preddy looks up the field to find a route to the end zone during Friday's win over Nevada. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville braces for Wolves rushing attack

The last two weeks have been positive events for the Wildcats football team.

Cassville (6-1) has not just won, but done so in emphatic and convincing fashion.

“I like the way we have been moving forward as a team,” said Lance Parnell, Cassville coach. “I think you can see improvement across the board. We have run the ball especially well, and I think our line has stepped up and led the way after we [coaches] challenged them. Defensively, we have been very strong.”

Cassville enters the game on the heels of a 48-6 win over McDonald County and a 42-14 win over Nevada.

“I thought Nevada came in here and played hard,” Parnell said. “We did a good job of taking care of business and getting some younger guys in the game in the second half.”

The Wolves (4-3) are young and have had their fair share of growing pains.

They fell to Marshfield last week, 32-7, and have dropped a 30-0 decision to Mt. Vernon and 28-16 setback to Seneca.

Their wins have come against Nevada, 61-6; Logan-Rogersville, 19-7; Springfield Catholic, 28-15; and Hollister, 35-14.

“They are an option-style team and have some good athletes,” Parnell said. “This will be a test for our linemen for sure. I expect a tough and physical battle.”

Keys for Cassville

• Be ready

The Wildcats need to be ready to play at the kickoff. A slow start against an option-style team is frustrating and could lead to a long night.

• Up front and down low

This game will be the biggest test for the Wildcats line since the Seneca game. It is their best chance to date to show the coaches and fans just how much they have grown.

• Ball security

Parnell praised the fact the his team was turnover free and had only two penalties against Nevada (both late in the game). He would like to see a repeat performance this week.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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