‘Cats roar into gateway game

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Cassville’s Zack Coenen breaks free from a tackler during the Wildcats’ win over McDonald county Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville with a chance to set its table

With just three games left in the 2018 football regular season, the Cassville football team (6-0) has positioned itself in a spot to control its own destiny.

A 37-6 win over McDonald County was the latest in a string of successes for the Wildcats, now putting them in position where each week, the magnitude of the games increases exponentially.

This week, Cassville heads north to face Nevada for the first time as a conference foe.

Coach Lance Parnell, as one would figure, said his team does not view this game or will prepare for this game any different from any other.

Even though the coach cannot allow himself or his team to dream, it does not stop the media and fans from looking a touch down the road.

A win Friday sets up a showdown in Reeds Spring for the No. 1 district seed in Week 8.

A win over the Tigers would mean that the Week 9 meeting with Lamar would determine the Big 8 Conference West champion.

Cassville used a 360-yard rushing performance against the Mustangs to show it won the battle up front.

“Our offensive line continues to impress me each week,” Parnell said. “McDonald County had a big and physical front, and we were able to control the line.”

One reason why that is important is the fact that this week’s opponent is built along similar lines as the Mustangs.

“On tape you can tell that they are big and physical up front,” Parnell said. “Coach [Wes] Beachler has done a great job getting them ready. Their record doesn’t reflect how they have played. Their schedule has been tough.”

Nevada is 1-5, with its lone win coming over East Newton. Its losses have come to Reeds Spring, Mt.Vernon, Seneca, McDonald County and Marshfield.

Keys for Cassville

• Roll downhill

The Wildcats are averaging more than 250 yards on the ground per game. It is tough to beat a team when you cannot stop the run.

• Mix it up a bit

This is the time of the season where teams like to show new wrinkles in the schemes. Look for the Wildcats to throw in a trick play or two.

• Clean it up a bit

Cassville had eight penalties against the Mustangs. Parnell and the coaching staff would like to see that number hovering around zero.

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