Wildcats brace for Tigers’ gridiron attack

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Brett Cooper prepares to cut inside on a run during Friday’s win on the road. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville seeking to put away nemesis Lamar Friday

Four games into the 2020 season and the Cassville football team (3-1) is starting to hit its stride.

After a Week 1 loss, the Wildcats have ripped off three wins, and even more impressive is the fact the team continues to improve each week.

Coach Lance Parnell has said in times past that a coach is never 100 percent happy with his team’s performance. Simply put, there is always something they can do to improve.

However, a coach can be encouraged about his team’s progress and excited about its potential, which is where Parnell finds himself this week.

“We played our best ball of the season Friday at Logan-Rogersville,” Parnell said. “I was very pleased with our effort and intensity. I think we established some things offensively. We were efficient and physical on both sides of the ball.”

As Cassville moves to the heart of its schedule an old foe awaits Friday in Lamar.

Although the Tigers (3-1) are under new leadership with Jared Beshore at the helm, Parnell said the potency is still on the team.

“They have some speed at the skill position and look like some of the Lamar teams we have become accustomed to seeing,” Parnell said. “They are one play away from being undefeated, and they have scored on every team and done so in bunches.”

In four games this season, the Tigers have totaled 56, 27, 41 and 44 points in each game, respectively.

“The key for us against them is focus,” Parnell said. “You have to do your job. If you try to do someone else’s job, then your line breaks down and a small gain turns into a big gain. You have to know your assignment and commit to doing it each play.”

Keys for Cassville

• Stop the first option

Cassville must take the first running options — usually the dive — away from Lamar. Look for the Wildcats to string the Tigers to the sidelines where help can come for the tackle.

• Score

It sounds simple, but the Wildcats will likely end up in a shoot out. Points will be aplenty on Friday.

• Ball security

The team that wins the turnover battle likely wins the game.

Kickoff in Cassville is set for 7 p.m.

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