Wildcats face pesky Patriots
Cassville seeking 3rd consecutive victory
Looking back on a Friday-night win, Cassville Coach Lance Parnell was more than pleased with everything outside of three defensive plays.
“I thought we played well and hard,” Parnell said. “Seneca took advantage of us on three big plays. That’s a bug we haven’t fully got rid of this year, but outside of that, I thought we played well.”
Cassville, 5-2 on the season, is looking to finish the season strong and put a strangle hold on the No. 1 district seed.
With two games left in the season, the first chance the Wildcats get is Friday, as they travel to face East Newton, which has been a thorn in the side of several Big 8 teams, including Cassville.
“Last year, we trailed them at halftime and had to be perfect in the second half to pull out a 21-7 win,” Parnell said. “They play hard, and defensively speaking, they fly to the ball and cause a lot of havoc.”
Havoc is right.
The Patriot defense forced nine Monett turnovers in an overtime loss, then defeated Seneca, forcing another four turnovers in that game.
Noah Brashers, a senior safety for East Newton, has made nearly 100 tackles this year and always seems to find himself around the ball.
“You never question the toughness of those kids,” Parnell said. “This is a Big 8 road game, and there are no give-me’s in the conference.”
As the Wildcats enter the game, Parnell noted that his team made progress in the passing game against Seneca, and he would like to see that growth continue on Friday.
“You have to have a bit of a run-pass balance,” Parnell said. “I was pleased with the mix we had against Seneca. I think Friday gives us a chance to take that next step and goal of making our passing game success a habit.”
Defensively the Wildcat coaches want to see the unit tighten up and eliminate the big play, and outside of that, just continue to be physical.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.