FAIRBANKS-Tomorrow at 1 o'clock the Monroe Rams host their first playoff game in five years. Monroe forced a three-way tie for first in the Greatland Conference with a 5-1 record after defeating Nikiski last week 37-27. The Rams won a coin flip which determined the seeding and The Rams got the top seed after calling tails.
Now they play Barrow. Monroe beat the Whalers on homecoming 51-8. But this won't be the same Whalers. They have senior quarterback Jesse Sanchez back under center, a receiver with size and another lineman.
Monroe has been resting up and conditioning this week as 13 players are slated to play. The small numbers may amaze us but with this successful season it's just natural to them.
"Coach conditioned us really well and we've been preparing for this all season and it's great," junior defensive end Connor O'Kelly-Ault said.
"It's been a pretty good week of practice," sophomore wide receiver Brendan Maines said. "We've just been working on the basic stuff you know, catches passes, blocking and just trying to do everything right."
Senior quarterback Tyler Wells believes that as long as his squads executes their game plan they'll make it state.
"The game plan-we got to key off of their best players and make sure they don't make any big plays. I mean, same as last time, just execute our plays and come out with our intensity just like every other game and do our thing."
Monroe head coach Bobby Pace noticed the demeanor and mindset of his team and likes their chances.
"I don't think anybody's taking it lightly and they know how huge it could be if we can win it," Pace said. "They know what the outcome means. They'll keep their feet on the earth and have their best came and whatever comes out, comes out."