Wildcats put loss in rear view

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Jericho Farris looks to the edge on a run during Friday’s loss to Lamar. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville hopes to come with fresh mindset this week

Coming off the heels of a stellar performance in Logan-Rogersville, a 40-20 loss at home Friday to Lamar was not how the Wildcats drew up the week.

Lance Parnell, Cassville coach, said the performance was a poor one all around.

Brett Cooper fair catches a punt by Lamar during Friday’s game. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“It was not a very well coached, played or executed game on our part,” Parnell said. “Lamar did a great job. They were much more physical than us. They controlled the line on both sides of the ball and did what they wanted to offensively.”

The game was a challenge from the opening kick. The ball rolled off the tee as Drake Reese hit it, giving Lamar good field position at the Wildcats’ 48.

On third-and-10 from the 37, Lamar connected a pass to the 9. Three plays later, the Tigers scored on a 3-yard run.

Another strange kick then left the foot of the Tigers’ kicker, wobbling and bouncing past Cassville’s return man, pinning the Wildcats at their own 10.

A lost fumble at the 17 then allowed the Tigers to score again in two plays.

On the next drive, a Cassville fumble gave Lamar the ball at the 6, and the Tigers cashed in again from 3 for a 21-0 lead less than 8 minutes into the game.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats found the scoreboard. A 60-yard drive culminated in quarterback Hayden Sink pushing his line in from 3.

However, the Tigers found another score late in the half, scoring on a 12-yard run for the 28-7 lead at the break.

Cassville came out with purpose and a 41-yard Jericho Farris run, but the drive ended in a turnover on downs. Lamar then marched 69 yards to score from the 1.

Cassville’s brightest moment of the contest came on the next drive, when Sink hit Reese on the home sideline for an 85-yard touchdown strike.

Late in the game, Sink scrambled away from two tacklers late in the game to hit Brett Cooper for an 8-yard score.

Jaiden Reibert, senior lineman, said the result of the game was a reflection of the week’s practice.

“It started on Monday,” he said. “We came back ready for practice, the on Tuesday, it wasn’t great, and Wednesday was worse. It’s the little things that we have to do. Practice plays a big part in big games, and we just have to play better.”

Reibert said that combined with Lamar’s determination was the omen for Cassville.

“Lamar out-played us,” he said. “You could clearly tell they wanted it more. They held the ball, and we hurt ourselves with the fumbles and penalties.”

Reibert said he hopes the team will adjust in the week ahead of the Barry County Brawl.

“I hope next week we come with a different mindset and practice hard,” he said.

When asked what was next for his team, Parnell said he will have to see.

“That’s a good question,” he said. “We’ll find out on Monday.”

Cassville goes on the road Friday to face Monett in the Barry County Brawl.

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