Monroe City’s 2017 state championship football team was named KRES All-Decade Monday. Head coach David Kirby reflected on when he knew the 2017 team would be special.

Monroe City’s offense averaged almost 44 points a game and manufactured 325 rushing yards a game. Graduates Zach Osborn, Cole Pennewell each rushed for over 1,500 yards and combined for 45 rushing touchdowns. Kirby says the offensive line that season was one of the best he’s ever coached.

The line featured three All-Staters. While the offense was racking up the attention most of the year, it was Monroe City’s defense which played lights out in the final three games to secure Monroe City’s third football title. The Panthers held the passing attacks of Westran, East Buchanan, and Valle Catholic to a combined 28 points.

Monroe City’s 2017 team featured 10 All-Staters, and Kirby was named the Class 1 coach of the year. You can hear David Kirby’s full interview on Monroe City’s 2017 football team, and also Monroe City’s 2019 All-Decade boys track and field team on the Chariton Valley Magic City Sports page.