Friday in Cassville there will be a battle of unbeaten teams as the fifth ranked team in Missouri Class 3, the Cassville Wildcats (8-0), host the Seven-time-defending Class 2 State Champions the Lamar Tigers (8-0).
“As a head football coach, as just a football fan, you love meaningful games late in the year, and to have a week nine game, two really good football teams coming in eight-and-oh, you can’t ask for anything more,” said Lance Parnell, Cassville Head Coach.
Friday night in Cassville, the two teams that have brought nine state titles to the Big 8 in the past 10 years clash for the conference title. Lamar seeking their fourth in-a-row. Cassville their first since 2012.
“The Big 8 title is important. It’s almost as important as winning a district or winning State each year,” said Lamar Senior Lineman, Alex Burgess.
“We want to finish the year nine-and-oh just like they do, we’d love to say we won the first ever Big 8 West championship,” added Parnell.
You could not find more evenly matched teams on paper as both offenses led by their rushing attack, average 45-plus points per game, backed by defenses allowing less than 11 points per contest. Emphasizing every detail on game day.
“Their defense doesn’t allow many points and our offense right now is scoring a lot of points so just, our one-on-one matchups are going to be really close,” said Cassville Senior Quarterback, Shannon Haney.
As these two Southwest Missouri powers close their season with their largest test yet, it will truly gage how ready they are for the postseason.
“For our seniors, the 16 kids we have as seniors, we’re expecting them as they go into the last half of their senior season to play at a higher level. The counterpoint to that is Cassville’s got the same and and their seniors are looking at the exact same thing we’re looking at is playing better in the second half of their season,” said Lamar Head Coach, Scott Bailey.
But before either team can look forward to the Postseason, no edge will be taken for granted, Friday night.
“Having homefield advantage, our senior night, vs an 8-0 team, us being 8-0, there’s no better feeling,” said Cassville Senior, Zack Burton.
Cassville and Lamar will kick off at 7 PM Friday (10/19) from Cassville.