There will be no rest for the weary. One week after coming off a homecoming defeat to Mt. Vernon, the Monett Cubs football team prepares itself to face the two-time defending state champion Cassville Wildcats.
"We have played a very tough schedule," said Monett Head Coach Chad Depée. "Our record on paper isn't as good as we wanted it to be. I am still proud of the way our players have come along. We have lost three close games and are still trying to put things together."
Cassville on the other hand has become a dominant power in the southwest Missouri region, and the Wildcats are not over looking this Cubs' team.
"Monett has several good athletes," said Cassville Head Coach David Large "Their record is very deceiving. Monett could easily be a one- or two-loss team. They have above average team speed and a quarterback who can throw the ball."
When it comes to preparing for the Cubs, Cassville plans to keep it simple.
"We have to do what we do best," said Large. "Our O-line has been our strength this year. We must win the battle up front and open up holes for our running game. Defensively, we need to get off the ball and disrupt what Monett is trying to establish. We must play disciplined and keep everything in front of us."
Monett will have its hands full as it tries to slow down the Wildcat attack.
"Last week is in the books," said Depée. "We have control over the next three weeks. We know that they are going to run right at us. We have to stiffen up and make plays. We can't afford to turn the ball over or put ourselves in third and long situations.
"We still have a playoff chance and the opportunity to continue the season. We have to compete with Cassville's toughness. We need to show energy and enthusiasm.
"Offensively, we have to be patient and chew up three and four yards at a time," Depée added. "We are looking forward to the challenge."
This will be the first district game for each team. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. Friday.