Coaches: M-R: Jeremy Adolphson, sixth season, 34-41 record, 17th overall, 65-86; Eureka: Jason Bachman, sixth season, 27-30
All-time: first meeting
The skinny: The visitors will come in with a distinctive size advantage in the trenches over Eureka at 266 pounds per lineman to 212, respectively. M-R scored a touchdown with under two minutes remaining to eliminate guest Wilmington 14-10 in the opening round. Senior quarterback Addison Fletcher (1,223 yards) tossed a screen pass to senior receiver Jamonny Skinner (37 catches, 766 yards) who turned it into a big play of 90 yards to paydirt. Senior JC Sells adds 21 receptions for 332 yards. M-R can also move the ball on the ground in the form of ballcarriers in senior CJ Daniel (160 carries for 1,136 yards) and junior Austin Johnson (97-614). Skinner returns as a starter along with the entire offensive line, which is led by four-year starter Akira Lindsey (290) and fellow seniors Gage Pierce (310), Noah Tarasi (290), Joe Crum (220) and Kyle Dilley (220). The Titans, who have scored 323 points, have gone over 50 on two occasions. They have piled up 3,297 yards of total offense (329.7 per game). Offensively, M-R runs a variation of the spread. The Titans, who are 3-2 against playoff opposition, has allowed 172 points and returns seven defensive starters Lindsey (end), Daniel (safety), Skinner (safety), junior Blake Smith (330, nose guard) and linebackers in Johnson, senior Ryan Heinrich and junior Jakob Thomas. Adolphson has been a head coach at Alwood and Rockridge prior to M-R. They are members of the Mississippi Division of the Three Rivers Conference. M-R is in the postseason for the fourth time with a 2-3 record. They’ve dropped all three previous road contests by a combined score of 174 to 67. M-R, Princeton and SVH all went 5-1 in the division, but Princeton was awarded the automatic bid. One of the Titans’ assistants is Ken Blackman, who played guard at the University of Illinois and three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. Monmouth and Roseville consolidated in the fall of ’05. Fletcher also does the punting and placekicking for the Titans. Their eight wins ties a single season program record with the ’12 squad.
They’ll go up against a Hornets’ offense that has scored 290 points over an eight-game win streak. Eureka has been effective in the red zone, as they scored seven TDs in eight trips against Chicago Urban Prep/Englewood. The Hornets have amassed 3,266 yards of total offense, an average of 326.6 per contest.
The winner moves onto the quarterfinals versus Herscher or Spring Valley Hall.