If last year’s first meeting between the Bureau Valley Storm and Monmouth Roseville Titans is any indication, Storm football fans are in for a treat Friday night at Storm Stadium.
The Storm won in a real shootout at Monmouth in 2017, defeating the Storm 42-40. Monmouth-Roseville coach Jeremy Adolphson hopes things are a lot different this year.
“I sure hope its not the same kind of shootout as last year, but I think BV has as explosive of an offense as we will see all year,” he said.
The game promises to be a tussle between the size of a big Titans team with some speed, against the quickness of the Storm. The highly anticipated apparent return of standout wide receiver Kale Barnett, who has been sidelined since breaking his arm this summer, will be a big boost to the Storm.
“Mon-Rose is a tough, physical team, that is well-coached. They are huge upfront and have one of the best, if not the best skill kid in either side of the TRAC with their WR, Jamonny Skinner (7 catches, 160 yards),” BV coach Joe Schmitt said.
BV senior lineman Eric Schoff said the Week 4 battle will be a pivotal game for the Storm, who have dropped two straight since opening with a win over Erie-Prophetstown.
“Monmouth was tough team last year and look to be the same this year. They are the biggest team up front we will see all season,” he said. “Speed will be our strength this week. .... We are getting Kale Barnett back this week, and we hope he will help us out. This will be huge game for us to get back on track after two tough losses. It will be a great game.”
For the Titans to be successful, Adolphson said they must continue to play good defense. Their starting defense hasn’t given up a score the past two weeks.
“We are much better against the run this year, which has allowed us to commit one more DB to the pass game,” he said. “Offensively, we need to protect the ball and continue to work on our run game, which took significant steps forward last week against E-P. I also fully expect special teams to have a big say in this game as both teams feature very dangerous returners.”
Adolphson anticipated having his best team in his eight years at M-R, noting the Titans are above average in size in nearly every position and have a few kids that will be the among the fastest kids on the field each week.
The Titans have 18 returning lettermen from last year’s 3-6 team, including seven starters on both sides of the ball.
In the preseason, Adolphson, who coached at Rockridge from 2006-09, told the BCR, the Titans “fully expect to make the playoffs and challenge for a conference championship.”
BV improved to 3-1 with the win at Monmouth last year and won the next week, but went into an 0-4 tailspin to finish the year at 4-5 and miss the playoffs.