One week after giving the number one ranked team in Missouri Class 3 football fits, the Monett Cubs schedule rewards them with a trip to Class 5 Nixa tonight.
"We do not have an easy schedule," said Monett head coach Chad Depeť. "We have to play with the same type of intensity that we showed against Rogersville."
Monett will face a Nixa squad that opened the season with a win in Camdenton. In week two, the Eagles soundly defeated Republic. Nixa returns seven starters three offensive and four defensive from a 6-5 team a year ago.
"We returned our defensive line and our offensive backfield," said Nixa coach Richard Rehagen. "We had some questions coming into the season about the cohesion of our squad. I have been proud of how our boys have come together and played as a single unit."
The Eagles feature a very talented backfield of quarterback Sam Rehagen and tailbacks Dean Dedetz and Kevin Shauger.
"Those three combine to form a potent mix," said Richard Rehagen. "They spearhead our attack. We want to pound the ball on the ground and I think we can do that."
Nixa's keys to the game center around ball control offense, no turnovers and shutting down Monett's big play threats.
"Monett doesn't know the meaning of the word quit," said Richard Rehagen. "Last week at Rogersville proved that fact. We can't let them get out in space."
Monett on the other hand is not looking for another moral victory.
"Our game plan is to win each week not just compete," said Depeť. "We want to put our kids in spots where they can have some success."
Monett's Kurran Blamey has provided plenty of offensive fireworks this season scoring five touchdowns in two games. Four of those touchdowns were on plays longer than 68 yards.
Look for the Cubs to continue to find creative ways to keep him involved in the offensive scheme.
A new wrinkle for Monett is the implementation of the "Wild Cub" formation with tailback Aaron Hall in the shotgun. Monett used this formation effectively against Rogersville.
The Cubs' road to victory lies along a familiar path. Run the ball and limit mental errors.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nixa.