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Monett looks to win third straight

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Stuffed. The defense has played a big part of Monett's gridiron success this season. Reese Bounous gave Neosho and McDonald County fits and has collected two sacks this season. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
After beginning the 2012 season with a loss at Mt. Vernon, the Monett Cubs football team (2-1) has responded winning two straight games in impressive fashion.

Tonight the Cubs will try to win their third consecutive contest on Homecoming night against the East Newton Patriots.

"It's a big night for our club," said Monett coach Chad Depée. "I think our success the last two weeks can be credited to the team getting better. We haven't played in the most ideal weather conditions, but we have been able to put points on the board."

Embracing his new role. Pierce City's Cedric O'Hara moved from the quarterback to running back position and has thrived in his new position for the Eagles. O'Hara is averaging 237 yards rushing per game. [Photo by Tracy Osborn]
In week one, the Cubs offense put 10 points on the scoreboard. Since then the Cubs have scored 29 and 40.

Last week at McDonald County a familiar friend returned; the big play.

"It is always a lift to our team and crowd when we can score on a big play," said Depée. "Weather has dictated our play calling, but against the Mustangs we were finally able to run some plays to get to the outside."

The Cubs now turn their attention to a 0-3 East Newton squad that has played three really tough games against Springfield Catholic, Aurora and Carl Junction.

"We keep stressing to our kids that we have to keep playing," said East Newton coach Seth Johnson. "I have told our boys that we are in a building process. Are we where we want to be? Absolutely not, but I think we are heading in the right direction."

East Newton has one major concern that is plain to see. The Patriots only have 26 players combined on its freshman, junior varsity and varsity team.

The Patriots have been very competitive in the first half of the game they have played this season. East Newton begins to struggle once fatigue takes hold.

"Staying consistent from the start of the games to the finish has been a challenge," said Johnson. "When we watch game film we can see that if we had made a couple of blocks here or caught a pass there we would have had a better outcome."

Johnson sees a well-coached, well-balanced team when he looks at Monett.

"Their offensive line is starting to play really well," explained Johnson. "Monett can pound the ball between the tackles or chuck it deep. They present a lot of challenges."

East Newton's keys to success tonight are simple:

* Keep it simple. The line has to block if the Partriots want to win.

* Consistency. Start the game playing hard and finish the game playing hard.

* No turnovers. Limit the Monett touches.

Monett's keys to a win are very basic

* Eliminate distractions. The parade, pregame Homecoming queen coronation festivities, an 0-3 opponent and the postgame dance could cause the players to overlook the Patriots. The coaches have assured me that they are thoroughly addressing this issue

* Be physical. The Cubs must establish dominance on both sides of the line. Tonight will be one of the few games this season where the Cubs have an advantage in size. Monett must capitalize early.

* Big plays. Look for Monett to try to energize the crowd with a trick play or two.

Kickoff s set for 7 p.m.

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