The Eagles will attempt to keep the momentum train chugging along behind the stellar offensive play of Bryan Waters and Lennies McFerren. Waters comes in as the fourth-best offensive scoring player in the area, with 15 touchdowns and five two-point conversions, while McFerren,the fifth-ranked scorer, looks to improve upon his 14 touchdowns, two extra points and six two-point conversions. McFerren has 175 carries for 1,327 yards, while Waters comes in with 77 carries for 742 yards. Dontre Jenkins also adds nearly 100 yards rushing in each of the Eagles' contests.
"We're excited about the playoffs just like their team is," NMCC head coach Arlen Pixley said. "At this round of the playoffs it's not who wants it better, it's which team makes the fewest mistakes. Both teams are usually evenly matched when you get to this point."
The Eagles look for their offensive speed to make a statement on Monday night, against the Rams who like to run a cover two defense and at times, Pixley said, run a cover zero, which he said basically means a lot of zone.
"They'll run zone because we're a fast team," Pixley said. "They'll zone up to try to make us play, and they'll be cautious of our big play ability. We've had the ability this season to put teams out early with our speed."
Offensively for the Rams, they will stand firm behind quarterback Jeremiah Oteh, who comes in with 130-for-209 passing, throwing 20 touchdown passes and 2,048 yards, leading the MICDS squad to an average of 38.7 points per game.
Oteh's right-hand man is Sammy Santana, who has 35 receptions for 723 yards and four touchdowns. Clay Reed comes in as the leading rusher for MICDS with 112 carries and 864 yards. He also has 10 touchdowns.
"They've got a great quarterback," Pixley said. "He's a humble kid and a good person. People say he's a born leader and he's done a great job leading their team."
"He's our top priority Monday night," he added. "With him, they've also got a 600-yard rusher and a 600-yard receiver. A few more guys with a couple hundred yards, and you've got an offense that has around 1,500-1,600 yards."
Pixley also commented on the depth of the Rams and said that they have a lot of kids that contribute to their success. Making the defensive stand for the Eagles will be Dijuan Waters with 82 tackles, Sedrick Hemphill with 70, and LT Sutton who comes in with 63. Sutton also has 16.5 sacks on the year.
NMCC is coming off of a 30-20 victory on Wednesday night against the Fredericktown Blackcats, while MICDS was victorious against Miller-Career Academy, by a score of 16-8. Monday's game is set for CBC high school, in St. Louis just off I-270, and kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.