Barry County Brawl: 8th edition

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Traveling trophy, yearly bragging rights Friday

The football rivalry between Cassville and Monett plays second fiddle to no other gridiron matchup.

Lankford

Grandfathers, fathers and sons sit around and discuss playing in what has become one of the most heated events in the county.

It is as intense a rivalry as can be found in not only southwest Missouri, but in the entire state.

The players all know each other, and the roots run deep.

After assuming many different names, some unsuitable for print, each school decided to name the game the “Barry County Brawl” and created a traveling trophy that is housed by the winning school until the series is renewed the next season.

The trophy, in its first seven years of existence, has spent four years at Cassville, and three at Monett.

Last year, Cassville took the lead with a 21-14 win, holding off a late Monett surge to claim victory.

The Wildcats won the first meeting, 27-0, in a game where the score did not reflect just how dominate the Wildcats were in the contest.

Cassville scored on its first offensive play, and was on cruise control the remainder of the game. The Cubs never seriously threatened the Wildcats.

In the second installment, Monett returned the favor with a convincing 38-0 rout of the Wildcats on the turf at Burl Fowler Stadium that was highlighted by the Cubs running the opening kickoff back.

Five years ago, Monett claimed the first road win in the series with a 34-6 decision. The Cubs added a third consecutive Brawl victory in 2016 with a thrilling, come-from-behind 21-20 win.

Three years ago, Cassville broke the Monett streak by pitching a shutout of the Cubs in the form of a 21-0 decision.

This year, the stakes are even higher.

Cassville enters the game 3-2 and on the heels of a 40-20 loss to Lamar.

The Cubs enter the contest at 2-3 and are looking to build on a young team that fell 20-7 to Nevada in Week 5.

This game is huge for both teams. Currently, the Wildcats hold the No. 2 district ranking and are chasing Mt. Vernon for the No. 1 seed.

A win keeps the Wildcats in the hunt, but a loss would likely prevent them from claiming home field advantage throughout the district playoffs.

Additionally, the winner will sit atop the conference standings.

A Monett win would lift the team out of the cellar of its Class 4 district and away from a possible first-round playoff meeting with West Plains, the No. 2 team in Class 4.

With bragging rights on the line, the game has the makings of the best since the name “Brawl” was added to the contest.

The following are numbers and stats surrounding the Barry County Brawl:

• 2-5: The record of road teams in the Brawl games.

• 54: The number of combined points the losing team has scored in all seven regular season Brawl meetings (7.7 points per game).

• 211: The number of combined points the winning team has scored in all seven regular season Brawl meetings (27.1 points per game).

• 4-3: Cassville Coach Lance Parnell’s record in the Brawl.

• 2-3: Monett coach Derrek Uhl’s record in the Brawl.

• 11-9: Cassville record against Monett in the last 20 meetings (16 seasons, four playoff games).

• 5: Games won by less than 7 points during the last 14 meetings (2019, 2016, 2012, 2009 and 2007).

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Jared Lankford is the sports editor of the Cassville Democrat. He may be reached at 417-847-2610, or at sports@cassville-democrat.com.

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