Monett set to play Mt. Vernon

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Talk about going from one extreme to another. Last week, the Monett Cubs football team faced an Aurora squad that ran the ball up the middle, out of power formations.

This week, the Cubs are preparing for a Mt. Vernon team that plans on spreading the field and throwing the ball a lot.

"Last week Aurora out muscled us," said Monett Head Coach Chad Depée. "They were able to extend drives and convert on third and fourth down."

In the fourth quarter alone, the Houn' Dawg's ran 20 plays on offense.

"When a team can dominate a quarter like that it kills you," Depée said. "We had our chances but just came up short. Aurora is a very sound and solid squad, and they proved it last Friday.'

The Cubs now turn their attention to Mt. Vernon, and its spread attack.

"I believe that Monett is the best 2-4 footbal team in the state of Missouri," said Mt. Vernon Head Coach Joy Maberry. "Every game they have lost has been close. They are a very solid team. We have to spread the field to negate their size.

"We are going to try to create mismatches on offense and take what they give us. We must be able to sustain drives to have any chance to win. "Defensively, we need to slow the Cubs," Maberry said. "They have moved the ball on everyone they have played this year. If we can't get multiple defenders to the ball, it might be a long night."

The Cubs are looking to put four good quarters together.

"The teams who have the most success are the ones who play complete games," Depée said. "This year we have put together bits and pieces of quarters, halves and games but have yet to put it all together.

"Offensively, we have to sustain drives. We will need to go on eight, nine and 10-play drives," Depée added "I feel we need to have 200 yards rushing a game in order to be successful. We must eliminate the mental mistakes of penalties and turnovers."

The plan is pretty simple when the Cubs go on defense.

"Defensively, we have to get pressure on the quarterback," Depée explained. "We can't afford to give him time to find the open receiver. The pressure will be on our linebackers and defensive backs."

Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night.

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