Wildcats seeking strong finish
Cassville to face upstart Mustangs on Friday
Red hot and heading into the final game of the season, Cassville isn’t playing for all the marbles, but the Wildcats are playing for a large portion of the marble bag on Friday.
A win by the Wildcats secures no worse than a conference co-championship. Additionally, a victory gives the team the No. 1 district seed and a first-round playoff bye.
Coach Lance Parnell is excited for his players and the position they have put themselves in.
“I love the way our guys are approaching practice and work leading up to games,” Parnell said. “I watched as our young guys have come on strong. Our linebacking core has really come on strong. I was worried about their experience to start the season, but they have come on strong.”
In the last three games, Cassville has scored 132 points and allowed opponents just 21.
On Friday, that trend continued with a 42-0 shutout over East Newton.
“We controlled the line on both sides of the ball,” Parnell said. “I think our guys know what we expect, and the way we practice is being displayed in the way we play the game.”
Cassville rolled to a 35-0 lead at halftime, and as one would expect, the stats bore the tale of a lopsided win.
The Wildcats rushed for 472 yards and threw for another 97.
Zach Coenen rushed for 166 yards on 10 carries and Jericho Farris 175 on 11 totes.
“I think we have three backs that are running the ball really well right now,” Parnell said. “When you have options, teams can’t just focus on one guy. That helps our team all around.”
Hayden Sink was efficient throwing 4-for-4 for 97 yards.
As Cassville turns its collective attention to Friday, a stiff test from McDonald County awaits.
The Mustangs are coming off a 14-13 setback to Nevada, one in which they led 13-0 at intermission.
The Mustangs have a potent offense and an impressive 42-41 win this season over Lamar.
“They have a pair of receivers, running backs and a great quarterback offensively,” Parnell said. “Those guys have speed, and when you look at the points they have scored this season, they are a force we have to deal with.”
Parnell noted the keys are still the same when it comes to winning.
“It starts with our defense,” he said. “We have to shut down the first running option and force them to bounce to the outside. Offensively, we have to put points on the board and not turn it over.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.