The Brookfield football team has its work cut out for it on Friday night when it travels to Monroe City to face one of the most dangerous Class 1 offenses in the area, and arguably in the state of Missouri.
After a dominant win against Louisiana last week, the Bulldogs now sit at 2-3, while Monroe City enters the game with a perfect 5-0 mark. The Panthers are coming off of a run to the 2016 state championship game in which they were defeated by Penney.
"This is a team that has a ton of athletes," Brookfield first-year coach Scott Stevens said. "They've done a really good job running the wing-T, and they have a great fullback. They do everything really well, and they have the skill players to do that. Offensively, we're going to have to win up front. We're trying to open up our passing game by pounding the football, and that's something we're going to continue to do this week."
Stevens said that he believes Monroe City's defense can be exploited, especially in comparison to the stingy Centralia defense the Bulldogs had some success moving the football against a few weeks ago, although his team too often found itself unable to end drives in points.
He offered that his side is quickly finding an offensive identity.
"Obviously, 2-3 is not exactly where we want to be, but we're only halfway through the season. Obviously our goal is to win out, and what's also nice is the way the playoff system works in Missouri allows for upsets. We're definitely a team that's getting better each and every week."