Hidden Gem Preview: Lamar at Monett

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If you look at the record, Monett football sits at 1-2 through Week 3. On
the gridiron, the story is different, and if a couple of breaks go the Cubs
way, they can easily be 3-0. Poor fortunes haven’t dampened the team’s
confidence.

“Our kids see that we’ve improved from last year, Monett head coach
Derrek Uhl said. “They’re excited just to keep playing, and just get
better each week.”

“Our chemistry is just working so well, Monett senior Jamie Guinn said.
“We use each other’s energy, and it’s definitely going to be carrying on
throughout week’s win or lose.”

Monett’s already played tough teams, and this week’s contest could be their
toughest yet. 3-0 Lamar is on the docket Friday night, and the tigers have been
a thorn on the Cubs side, winning the last nine head to head match ups.

“It’s just one of those things, it’s a fuel for us. (A win) Would mean
so much. It would change the mentality. The confidence would boost out of the
ceiling,” Guinn said.

“We haven’t had a team since 2016 that had a chance to get them, and I
feel like this year is the year that we do have a chance,” fellow senior
Chet Butterworth added.

Lamar coach Scott Bailey agrees, and he knows the Tigers are going to have
to play their best game on Friday night.

“Our kids are realizing that people want that shot at Lamar,”
Bailey said. “Hopefully we can get our run game going, and play some
defense. Then get into the flow of the game and hopefully get the flow of the
game to go our way.”

The game could come down to who is the most physical up front, as both teams
use the run game heavily, and that excites both squads headed into Friday.

“Bodies hitting bodies, that is where the energy and the excitement
comes from,” Lamar senior Juan Juarez said. “They’ve been a really
fun team to play against. I’m prepared to play the best game of my high school
career.”

Kickoff is set for 7 pm Friday.

 

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