Despite sicknesses, Hickman football ready for game against Holt

Thursday, September 1, 2011 | 7:43 p.m. CDT; updated 2:12 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 2, 2011

COLUMBIA — Preparing for his team's next game this week has presented one unique challenge for Hickman football coach Arnel Monroe this week. Around 20 players came down with the stomach flu.

"Having everyone ready to go has been a big concern," Monroe said. "One thing it did was develop some depth because we didn't know who would be in there. But everyone is healthy now and ready to go."

Now that the sickness has subsided, the Kewpies can focus on their game against Holt. Last year's defensive struggle against the Indians resulted in a 16-0 win. Monroe said he expects the same sort of game this season.

"They played a great defensive game and really got after us," Monroe said.

Hickman's defense will have to contend with freshman quarterback and running back Tray Mitchell taking the carries.

"He's a good, young ballplayer with a strong arm," Monroe said. "As for No. 23 (Mitchell), he can go to the house at any moment."

Hickman is looking to even up its record after a tough loss against its rival Rock Bridge last Friday. 

"It was a tough loss," said Monroe, who is in his first season as the Kewpies head coach. "When you're building and trying to get a program going, you're going to want success."

Hickman's game Friday against Holt in Wentzville is the first of three road games the Kewpies will play in the next four weeks.

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