‘Cats find fun in Week 4

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Zach Coenen breaks a tackle Friday in the win over Logan-Rogersville. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Return of quarterback, running back boosts offense

It was the most fun 24 minutes of the season thus far.

The first half of the Cassville game against Logan-Rogersville could be called an offensive clinic. The Wildcats scored on every possession and built a 30-0 lead behind the return of quarterback Hayden Sink and running back Zach Coenen.

“That half was amazing,” Coenen said. “We were executing the way we should and couldn’t have played any better.”

“It felt good to get back and hand my backs the ball and let them do work,” Sink said.

Sink’s backfield was productive Friday. Sink scored the opening touchdown, a fall over the goal line from 2 yards out. Jericho Farris then scored on a 15-yard run after breaking two tackles, then he scored on a 44-yard run where he took a handoff, broke a tackle, hurdled a defender, found the edge and broke another tackle to get to the end zone.

Sink connected with Drake Reese for a 49-yard passing touchdown, and Coenen added a 14-yard rushing score to put Cassville up 36-0 and activate the turbo clock.

The Wildcats played their junior varsity for the rest of the contest. Trey Wilson scored a 36-yard touchdown to complete the scoring.

Coenen said the sharing of scoring was nice, especially since he was getting his first varsity touches of the season after returning from injury.

“I talked to the coaches, and the first few snaps, I was just feeling

myself out,” Coenen said. “It was a subconscious thing, and I quickly got over it and was feeling good.”

The return for Sink was extra special, as it brought back together his group from freshman year.

“I love that everyone was just doing their jobs,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve had our group back together from freshman year, And it felt great. It’s like we picked up right where we left off.”

Lance Parnell, Cassville coach, said the win Friday was everything he expects from his Wildcats.

“It was a lot of fun to see that level of execution,” he said. “We played with discipline and intensity.”

Parnell said the return of Sink and Coenen didn’t hurt either.

“It means a lot to have those guys back,” he said. “They are good players, and they didn’t do anything but make the team better.

“Zach has been a leader on the sidelines. He’s been like our eighth assistant coach.”

Parnell said it’s also nice to get the full crew back.

“It’s been kind of a mash up unit all season because people have been banged up,” he said. “Kids have stepped up into different roles and done what the team needed.”

Cassville returns home Friday to face Lamar. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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