All on the line Friday

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Bowen Preddy looks for a running lane Friday during the Wildcats’ win over Reeds Spring. Kyle Troutman/

Motivated foes take the field in Lamar

There is an old saying that time heals all wounds.

Unfortunately, that sentiment does not hold as true when it comes to sports.

Zach Coenen holds the ball up after recovering the first of two fumbles Friday in the win over Reeds Spring. Kyle Troutman/

If any Cassville fans were hoping that the Tigers might have forgotten that the Wildcats ended their winning streak last season, the answer to that question was given in the preseason questionnaire that Lamar Coach Scott Bailey returned to the Cassville Democrat.

“To show how high the expectations are here, nobody associated with our program has found much happiness or satisfaction with a 12-2 record and a semifinal appearance,” Bailey said.

The Wildcats hit the road Friday and travel into what will be a big game atmosphere.

“I have no doubt in my mind the stadium will be full and rocking Friday,” said Lance Parnell, Cassville head coach. “Both teams are playing for goals they set this season, and it is going to be a Big 8 Battle.”

The Class 3 No. 9 Wildcats (7-1) come into the game with a chance to win a share of the Big 8 Conference West Division crown.

Cassville is fresh off a 42-7 win over Nevada.

The Tigers (6-2), ranked No. 7 in Class 2, are playing for revenge, and also a No. 1 district seed.

Lamar currently sits in its district pod at No. 2, and a win will lockdown the No. 1 seed.

The Tigers have had their share of growing pains with two losses, a 28-7 setback to Monett and a 15-11 loss to Seneca.

Ever the motivator, Bailey will no doubt have his team fired up for Cassville.

The Wildcats have scored at least 42 points in three straight games, and the unit is rolling as district play nears.

“I think there are two or three reasons for our success,” Parnell said. “Our offensive line has really come on lately and played well. Our team is eight weeks into the season and understands what we are wanting them to do. I like the direction we are going.”

Keys for Cassville

• Weather the storm

Lamar will be ready on Friday to take a pound of flesh. Cassville must be ready to handle the initial surge and turn.

• Win the turnover battle

Over the last several meetings, the team that has won the turnover battle has gone on to win the game.

• In the trenches

Cassville must win the battle up front if it wants to claim victory on Friday.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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