|The start of the 2010 football season has been a little shaky for the Monett Cubs (1-2).|
After an opening season shutout win over the McDonald County Mustangs, the Cubs fell to second ranked Logan-Rogersville and Class 5 Nixa.
One would think, seeing a Class 2 Lamar (2-1) school on the schedule might be sight for sore eyes. Think again.
The Tigers are eighth in the Associated Press Missouri Class 2 state rankings. Lamar's only loss was a 12-9 setback against ninth-ranked Class 3 Aurora. What does this all mean?
"We will have our hands full Friday," said Cubs Coach Chad Depée. "We cannot overlook Lamar. They are a good football team."
Familiar foes will be leading each team Friday night.
"When I look at the video tape of Monett, I see a typical Depée offense and Matt Holtz defensive team," said Scott Bailey, Lamar head coach. "It is the same type of team he coached at El Dorado Springs.
"They're physical up front on defense and want to wear you down with a power running attack."
"Our game plan is simple, run the ball," Bailey continued. "If you look at the Missouri playoff teams from last year, they all had one common thread, the ability to run the ball."
|Monett will focus on the little things.|
"We must execute the plays," Depée said. "It will be assignment football. The O-line must fulfill its blocking assignment. The running back must hit the running lane hard, and we must move the chains and score.
"It is important that we eliminate the mental mistakes; penalties and turnovers have hurt us this season. We must sustain drives," said Depée. "I believe that field position will be a key factor in the game. If we can force Lamar to drive the ball 80 plus yards to score every possession, I believe that favors our team."
Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Lamar.