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Cassville aims for second win over Monett Friday

On Friday, Cassville is hoping that it can get lightning in a bottle for a second time this season, as the Wildcats welcome Monett to town for the Class 3, District 6 semifinal.

The teams met in Week 3 of the season, and the Wildcats held on for 21-14 victory.

Despite the fact that Cassville earned the victory, Coach Lance Parnell said there is not much the team can carry over from that victory into Friday night’s contest.

“Both teams have improved since that game, and Monett has a defense that has improved tremendously,” Parnell said. “Monett hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three of its last four games.”

The Cubs have not lost a game since the Wildcats defeated them, while Cassville has stumbled at Seneca and Lamar, two teams Monett defeated.

Monett rolls into Cassville averaging 375.9 yards per game, 275.3 rushing and 100.6 yards passing.

However, they will be without the services of one of their leading threats in Jamie Guinn. The senior broke his collar bone scoring a touchdown in the Cubs’ win over Hollister.

“I hate that for the kids,” Parnell said. “We experienced the injury bug last year in districts, and I can tell you that I never want to see that for any player on any team.”

Guinn this season had rushed for 716 yards and scored a total of 13 touchdowns.

Still, the Cubs have other options, Brandon Majors has crossed the 1,000 yard rushing mark this season and has been a load for teams to stop.

Cassville is no slouch when it comes to offensive production.

The Wildcats are averaging 214.5 yards rushing and 111.9 yard passing per game.

Deven Bates has been efficient as the signal caller, going 58-of-96 passing for 1,119 yards, 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Keys for Cassville

• Line up

This game will be won or lost by the Cassville offensive and defensive lines. Plain and simple, if the Wildcats do their collective jobs, it will be a good night for the Black and Gold.

• Win the turnover battle

Cassville cannot afford to give the Cubs extra possessions due to turnovers.

• Sustain drives

If the Wildcats can stay ahead of the chains and mount multiple drives, they will be able to live with the results.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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