Pierce City football nails down full varsity slate

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Senior Dallas Kleiboeker looks to lead the Eagles into the 2017 season for Pierce City Jacob Brower/jbrower@monett-times.com

Eagles return to 11-man schedule

Make no mistake about it, Pierce City is a football town.

For the last two years, it has been the schedule that has drawn headlines as much as the action on the field.

The Pierce City football team will play a full regular season of nine 11-man varsity football games this season for the first time in three years. Jacob Brower/jbrower@monett-times.com

The Eagles were forced to play either a junior varsity team or an 8-man game each of the last three years just to fill the varsity schedule after some schools notified Pierce City that they would unable to fulfill game contracts.

Finally, the 2017-2018 season schedule presents a full slate of 11-man games and a chance to get back to normalcy.

“Football is football to me,” said Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach. “I don’t care if it is an 8-man game or an 11-man game. I just want to go play. That being said, there are several on the team, in school administration and in the community that wanted to get back to an all-11-man schedule, and we have finally accomplished that.”

Hocker said he believes this could be a breakout season for the Eagles.

“It helps to have a lot of players returning this year,” Hocker said. “We have smart kids and now we can go deeper in our playbook. We’ve learned to simplify our system, and when you make things easier for already smart kids, they can just focus on going out there and making plays.”

The Eagles open the season at home on Aug. 18 with Diamond, then host Liberal on Aug. 25.

September opens with four straight road games.

The first comes on Sept. 1 with Jasper, followed by Green Forest (Ark.) on Sept. 8. A trip to rival Miller is set for Sept. 15, then a game at Lockwood on Sept. 22.

The Eagles return home on Sept. 29 to a face first-year varsity program in Forsyth.

El Dorado Springs comes calling on Oct. 6 before the regular season concludes on Oct. 13 at Sarcoxie.

All games are set to begin at 7 p.m.

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