Cubs football schedule released
Monett hosting 5 games, on road for 4
The Monett football team is enduring the summer heat and getting in shape, as there are only 51 days until the gridiron games begin.
The Cubs kick off the season against Hollister at home on Aug. 27, a team Monett topped last year, 20-13.
The following week, the Cubs hit the road for their first away game, but not going far. Monett travels to Aurora looking to avenge a 22-7 loss in 2020.
The Cubs return home to face an improving-by-the-year East Newton squad, a team the Cubs edged 21-20 in overtime last year. The Cubs overcame a flurry of turnovers and punched in a 2-point conversion in the Patriots’ stadium to secure the victory.
The next six games on the schedule are ones Monett is hoping to turn the tide on this season.
The Cubs travel to McDonald County on Sept. 17, then return home to host Nevada on Sept. 24. They lost both those contests in 2020 by close margins, 13-7 and 20-7, respectively.
Monett opens October with the familiar rivalry contest — the Barry County Brawl — at Cassville on Oct. 1. The Cubs are looking to reclaim the trophy this year after the Wildcats have had it on display for the last four.
Monett comes back home for a pair of contests after the Brawl, hosting Lamar on Oct. 8 and Springfield Catholic on Oct. 15. The Lamar contest last year was canceled by the Cubs due to injuries and COVID-19 issues, and the game against the Fighting Irish was a loss for Monett, 21-6.
The Cubs conclude the season on the road, heading over to Seneca on Oct. 22 to hopefully recreate the late-season swing that earned Monett a 27-6 victory over the Indians.
The playoffs begin on Oct. 29, with Monett’s district to be determined. The Cubs played in Class 4 last year, falling in the first round of districts to Carl Junction.
The Cubs teeter on the line between Class 3 and Class 4. Monett won the Class 3 state championship in 2016, remaining in the same class in 2017.
In 2018, Monett moved up to Class 4, but the Cubs dropped back to Class 3 in 2019.