Fighting for a first win

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Brett Cooper hurdles past a defender during a run Friday in the contest against Mt. Vernon. Kyle Troutman/

Battle royal with Marshfield expected in Cassville

It may be only Week 2 of the football season, but one of the biggest games in southwest Missouri will be played in Cassville, as the Wildcats (0-1) host Marshfield (0-1).

Both teams come into the game looking for the first win of the season, and both teams know that they could have played better in Week 1.

“I wasn’t happy with our effort, discipline or on-field leadership,” said Lance Parnell, Cassville Coach. “Those three things will cost you a game every time. That is something we are working on in practice, and that’s what I wasn’t happy with Friday at Mt. Vernon.”

The winner of Friday’s game will have the needed burst of positive momentum from having righted the ship from Week 1 loss. The loser will be staring an 0-2 record in the face and be left even more frustrated than before.

“We just jumped out of the frying pan into the fire,” Parnell said. “We know the type of team we can be, and we simply did not show that Friday.”

The Wildcats know what they are facing when the Blue Jays come to town. Marshfield blew a 27-14 second half lead to fall to Seneca, 34-30, in Week 1.

“They still put up 30 points on a dang good Seneca team,” Parnell said. “Marshfield is the biggest team size-wise that we have faced in a while. They have a pair of big running backs that don’t like to fall on first contact. They also have a pair of receivers that are tall. The also have a sophomore quarterback, and I’ll tell you, he does not play like a sophomore.”

With their hands full and backsides chewed, the Wildcats are literally between a rock and a hard place, but as Parnell reminded them this week in practice, the need is to reach their potential, and it is the coaches job to help push them there.

Keys for the game

• Turnovers

The Wildcats cannot hurt themselves with costly turnovers

• Take control

Friday will be a second chance for the Wildcats to show they can dominate on the line of scrimmage. The lines will need to make a statement.

• Slow down to speed up

Cassville needs to let the game come to them and not rush. Speed will come once they calm down and slow the rush of emotions.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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