As one of the top ranked teams in the country in virtually every publication, Prattville (Ala.) High School has been playing all season with a bullseye on its back. While taking every team's best shot, Prattville has still managed to dominate its opponents week in and week out. One three point victory over Opelika has been the Lions' only margin of victory less than 24 points.
For Prattville's top wide receiver, Dekendrick Moncrief, the season won't be complete until it's finished off with a state championship. Until that happens, he's not ready to focus on anything else, including recruiting.
"The season's been good," said Moncrief, who leads Prattville with 396 yards receiving and five touchdowns. "I'm playing alright. This year we've really just got a young offensive line and we haven't been throwing the ball as much. We've got a spread offense now and we just got to get the ball out of Casey Weston's hands."
After dismantling Baldwin County 42-14 in the first round of the playoffs, Prattville is now slated to play Auburn High School and Rivals250 member Dee Finley. Playing against a high caliber prospect like Finley excites Moncrief, but there is more to this matchup.
"It's fun because me and Dee are real good friends," he said. "There's been a little talking. He's been letting me know what's gonna happen. I'm just gonna let him know after the game."
With a good group of senior wide receivers and a strong senior class, Moncrief has enjoyed his final high school football season, especially playing along side his younger brother Quay.
"He's doing good," Dekendrick said. "It's been exciting playing with my brother. It's my last chance to play with him in high school."
Quay Moncrief is also enjoying his time with his brother and is not quite ready to be have the spotlight to himself.
"No, I'll miss everybody," Quay said when asked if he was looking forward to next season. "It's gonna be kind of boring. I'm not looking forward to it at all."
Through his junior year, Quay is receiving interest from Mississippi State, Stanford, Louisville, Purdue, Colorado, Vanderbilt and others.
Dekendrick has received offers from the likes of Iowa State, UAB, Southern Miss., Minnesota and Ole Miss. However, he is not thinking recruiting at all until after the playoffs.
"I haven't really though about what school I'm going to," he said.
Dekendrick has been selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game following the playoffs and he is excited about the opportunity to showcase his skills to college coaches and represent his school
"It's very exciting to be in a game with all of those guys," he said. "I'm just excited to go in there and represent my school and my community."
With a state championship being the focus of the Moncrief family these days, the brothers feel confident that their season has them well prepared.
"We're used to it," Quay said of taking every team's best shot. "Everybody plays like it's the championship against us. So when we get to the real championship it will be zero difference."