2020 Fall Preview: Cassville Football

By Brennan Stebbins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)

If we had told a Cassville football group before a 2019 deteriorate they’d be personification for a state championship, you’d substantially have found some doubters.

“I’m not certain everybody would have believed that,” conduct manager Lance Parnell said. “But we only kept removing improved and improved as a year went on and it was a covenant to a alleviation a kids done via a year.”

The Wildcats shook off a span of Big 8 Conference waste to make a run by a Class 3 playoffs before eventually descending 49-28 to Odessa in a pretension game. Cassville finished a year with a 12-3 record, a program’s fourth-straight winning season.

The Wildcats placed 8 players on a All-State team; 4 of those were seniors though 4 others are returning for their comparison seasons this fall.

Gone are using behind Bowen Preddy, a second group honoree; receiver DJ White, a second group honoree; defensive finish Andrew Prier, a second group honoree and quarterback Deven Bates, a third group honoree.

Preddy, White and Prier were also initial group Big 8 West selections and Bates was a second group pick.

“We remove a really, unequivocally good comparison class,” Parnell said. “Not only those guys that were all-state. We remove Deven Bates who started for us during quarterback all year prolonged and did a good job. We remove Bowen Preddy on both sides of a ball. We remove a core in Troy Hagins, a unequivocally good actor for us. We had 15 seniors that all played outrageous roles for us and they’re going to all be missed greatly.”

Fortunately a sideboard is distant from unclothed for a Wildcats this fall. The group earnings comparison Jaiden Reibert during ensure after he warranted initial group All-State honors. Senior Hunter Chasteen is behind during descent tackle after earning second group Big 8 honors. Senior Zach Carney also earnings on a descent line.

Senior Killian Barbee earnings during parsimonious finish and comparison Zach Coenen, a first-team all-state linebacker and Second-Team All-Big 8 using behind earnings after rushing for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

Senior Bret Cooper is behind during receiver, as well, and so is comparison Drake Reese, a first-team all-state kicker who also warranted first-team all-conference honors as a kicker and a punter. He nailed 49 additional points and 8 margin goals final year. Reese will be one of a team’s tip receivers this fall.

And Senior Jericho Farris, a first-team all-state defensive back, total to reinstate Preddy as one of a team’s categorical using backs. He rushed for 396 yards and 6 touchdowns final season.

“He had a good youth year on invulnerability and we consider he can do that as good on offense,” Parnell said.

Three players are competing for a starting quarterback position and there’s some-more foe on a descent line. Senior Wes Stockton has knowledge as a lineman.

“Number one is a doubt symbol during quarterback,” Parnell said. “We graduated a three-year starter dual years ago and Deven stepped in final year and filled that purpose genuine well. Now we need to fill that starting quarterback purpose again. I’ve got 3 immature group competing for that pursuit right now. One of them is going to win it we only don’t know who yet.”

Defensively a Wildcats lapse 8 starters. Coenen, a initial group All-State linebacker, done 115 tackles. He’s a 6-1, 215-pound actor who combined dual sacks, a fail liberation and an interception. Farris, a second-team all-state defensive back, done 73 tackles during reserve and combined 3 fail recoveries and dual interceptions.

The 6-3, 260-pound Reibert earnings during defensive finish after creation 55 tackles and 4 sacks. Junior Garrett Kritz, a 6-1, 290-pound defensive tackle, earnings after creation 47 tackles and a sack. Senior Patrick Dunker also earnings during tackle; he’s 6-1, 275 pounds and done 10 tackles and a sack. Cooper is behind during dilemma after recording 21 tackles, a fail liberation and an interception. Reese also earnings during reserve and comparison Jerome Ewing is behind during dilemma after recording 23 tackles and an interception.

Junior Ethan Fuchs should container in during one of a linebacker spots. Senior Spencer Moeller could also play during receiver or linebacker and Brady Sheeler, a senior, could play on a descent and defensive line.

“Our expectations are to be unequivocally rival again and get improved as a year goes on,” Parnell said. “I consider we lapse a unequivocally good comparison class. Those kids got a ambience of creation a low playoff run and they have a expostulate to get behind there. They know a work it took a year ago to get there. We’ve had high expectations in Cassville for a lot of years. Every year we go into a deteriorate wanting to contest for district championships and creation low playoff runs.”

The Wildcats have around 75 players on a group this fall. Cassville opens a deteriorate on Aug. 28 during Mt. Vernon.

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