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Monett set to battle Indians

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Monett Cubs football team (4-3, 2-3) prepare to face a surging Seneca Indians (5-2, 3-2) team tonight at Burl Fowler Stadium

"Seneca is playing as well as anyone in the area," said Monett coach Chad Depée. "It is going to take more than a solid effort to be successful Friday night."

The Indians come into the game with a not-so-secret weapon at running back.

Four weeks ago, Seneca's Braxton Graham was thrust into the starting tailback role after an injury slowed Marty Mailes.

Graham, a junior, has responded by rushing for over 700 yards, catching over 200 yards of passes, returning two punts for touchdowns and gathering over 300 return yards in the those four games.

"His versatility is what makes him such an asset to our team," said Seneca head coach Dan Scheible. "He's our kick returner, punt returner, tailback, defensive back and he can catch the ball out of the backfield."

Scheible stated that Monett's defensive aggressiveness could present some challenges for his squad.

"They know how to fire off the ball and make a play," said Scheible. "We will have our hands full tonight."

The Cubs are looking to avoid a third consecutive loss.

"We have to focus on the basics," said Depée. "In order to have success on the field you have to execute the fundamentals of the game."

Seneca's keys to the game

* No turnovers. Seneca wants to limit the touches of the Monett offense.

* Flood the lanes. The Indians need their defenders to control the gaps and force Monett to the edge.

Monett's keys to the game

* Score when you can. Monett has left several points on the field this season. Needless to say, you can't win if you don't score.

* Disrupt the beat. Monett's defense has to disrupt the timing of the Seneca offense. Once the Indians find the right offensive rhythm, its generally a long night for their opposition.

Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

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