Last Friday, Monett tasted defeat for the first time this season. It's a taste that they are eager to get out of their mouths. All that stands in the Cubs way is the Missouri Class 5 Nixa Eagles.
"It will be a challenge," said Cubs Coach Chad Depée. "We have to play mistake-free football. Nixa will use multiple sets on offense. They will spread you out with four receiver sets, then line up in the I-formation and power the ball up the middle."
The Eagles' class ranking means very little to the Cubs' coach.
"Some people get worked up over the fact that Nixa is a Class 5 school," Depée said. "On Friday night they will send 11 players at a time on the field just like us.
"We have told our kids that in order to be the best we need to beat the best," Depée said. "Nixa is a strong, athletic and well coached team. We will need to play our best to win."
The Cubs have a very simple and time-tested game plan for Friday's game.
"Slow the tempo, run the ball, control the clock and score," Depée said. "It is easier said than done. We must eliminate the mental mistakes that plagued us against Logan-Rogersville.
"Defensively, we must put them in third and long situations that favor our defense," Depée said. "Offensively, we must start quick and move the ball and score when we reach the red-zone."
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Burl Fowler Stadium.