The Monett Cubs football team has a lot to play for this Friday as they host Seneca. Not only is the game the second step in the district playoff ladder, but for 11 Monett seniors it will mark the final time they will play a regular season home game at Burl Fowler Stadium.
"I have enjoyed coaching the 10 young men," said Monett Head Coach Chad Depée. "They have provided great leadership for our squad, adjust to adversity and displayed a willingness to work hard. They have left their mark on this program and will be missed."
Last week the Cubs lost a 35-7 game to rival Cassville. At first glance one would think the game wasn't all that close. However, for those in attendance the game was quite entertaining.
"I thought we battled hard all night long," said Depée. "Cassville is a great team, and we made them earn every yard gained. We gave up a couple of punt returns that switched the field position in their favor and that proved to be the difference."
Cassville was also aided by two outstanding catches in the end zone by its receivers to give them some breathing room on the scoreboard.
Friday night has now turned into a must win situation for the Cubs playoff hopes.
"We know the situation," said Depée. "Our goal every week has been to come out and get better. We must stay upbeat and focused on the goal at hand."
|The Indians come into this game with a surprising 7-1 record. The only blemish coming in a last second loss to Hillcrest. Seneca came into this season with several off-season distractions and has put together a very special year.|
"We have a very solid group of seniors," said Seneca Head Coach Rob Townsend. "Thye really stepped up to lead this team. We play hard as a group and put together a fine season."
|Preparing for the Cubs the Indians plan on doing what has made them successful all year.|
"Offensively, we want to run the ball," said Townsend. "We want to impose our will upon the Cubs. If we can force them to honor the run, then we can throw the ball a little.
"Defensively, we need to play soundly," Townsend said. "Getting the team off the field after three plays has been the strength of our team this year. "
"When you watch Seneca on tape you can easily see the are a solid club," added Depée. "They like to pound the ball on the ground, then hit the pass over the top. We have to be ready to battle four quarters. We have to play with the same intensity this week that we had at Cassville, nothing less will do."
For Monett the recipe for a victory is simple.
"We have to run the ball," said Depée. "Sustaining drives and giving our defense a chance to catch their breath on the sidelines. Defensively, play our assignments and be aggressive."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.