Monroe City hosts Mark Twain for the Class 1 District 2 title Friday. The former CCC rivals both enter the championship game 10-1 and will play each other for the first time in four years. The top seeded Panthers are winners of their last five after falling to Brookfield in Week 6. During that stretch, Monroe City’s offense has averaged 57 points a game. Panthers coach David Kirby explains how the passing game has ballooned Monroe City’s offensive production.
Meanwhile, Mark Twain’s lone loss came to EMO champs, and Class 2 power Bowling Green Week 5. Since that point, coach Austin Leake’s Tigers have allowed just 36 points.
The Tigers shut out St. Pius Festus 20-0 last week. Monroe City bested Brentwood 46-0 in their semifinal. They are seeking their first district title since their state title run in 2017. Kirby sees a lot of themselves with the Tigers.
The matchup will feature 14 first team all-conference players. Leake believes the Tigers need to find a way to score around 28-30 points to give themselves a chance at their first district title in the post round-robin playoff era.
The winner will take on the Hayti-Scott City winner next weekend in the Class 1 state quarterfinals. Pregame coverage begins at 6:40pm on Glory 97.3 and centralmoinfo.com. Scott Lunte has the call.