Monroe City welcomes Macon Friday on Glory 97 in a cloudy Clarence Cannon Conference race. A Macon win is one of four dominoes that could lead to a six-way tie for the top spot in the conference by the end of the night.
Monroe City suffered its first loss of the season last week in a 14-6 defeat to Brookfield. After averaging 45 points a game over the first four weeks, the Panthers have scored just 24 points over the last two games. Monroe City head coach David Kirby says the offensive line must improve.
Monroe City enters Friday ranked seventh in Class 1 and tied for first in a Clarence Cannon Conference where the top six teams are separated by just one game. Kirby says there are several teams to watch out for in the conference.
The Panthers are led by the running back duo of Josh Talton and Ceaton Pennewell. The two feature backs of the Panthers offense have 819 yards and 12 touchdowns combined. Defensively, Kirby notes the Panthers must contain the athletic wide receivers the Tigers present.
The Tigers defeated South Shelby 42-26 last week at Hugh Dunn Field. The Tigers offense averages nearly 30 points a game, and that includes going through a schematic change after athletic director Travis Mundahl took over as the coordinator Week 4. Interim head coach Joey Peterson says the Tigers are making the most out of those adjustments in the middle of the season.
The Panthers are averaging 375 yards of offense. Peterson says it’ll be difficult to stop Monroe City’s “two-headed beast”.
Monroe City has won three of the last four meetings between the two. Friday’s pregame coverage starts at 6:25pm on Glory 97.3 and centralmoinfo.com.