He has 15 of his starters back. And last year's score, 31-17, wasn't exactly a blow out.
Put all of that carefully-designed stress in a blender, turn it loose and you come up with a concoction of unknown power and mischief from the Boll Weevils.
Like for instance, new quarterback Colton Morrison. If nothing else, he's 6-foot-seven, weighs about 220 pounds. His arm's not exactly a Daisy Air Rifle, either. More like a cannon, to hear McCarty talk.
Monticello will try to keep him in the pocket, and of course, the Tigers will be as uncooperative as possible in allowing any of that to happen.
Right now, McCarty's more worried about his own group of Tigers, the fifth batch he's brewed in this, his second tenure at East Central, and the first using only his ingredients.
He knows he has a large, athletic team, one with a talented young returning starter at quarterback (Spencer Bond), and an exciting new running back in Jo Jo Snell, huge, athletic linemen on both sides of the ball, great athletes in his secondary, and, of course, some inexperience caused by the graduation of some highly talented players, especially on defense.
But these are his boys, and it's go time. Pressure?
"I always feel pressure," he confesses. "But it's not any more this week than any other. I feel high pressure every Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Because we don't don't want to panic on Saturday. We want to panic on Tuesday and Wednesday."
"We don't want to be fumbling around, trying to take care of details on Saturday that should have been handled days earlier. We want to have squared all that away."
As for Monticello, McCarty says, "I always want to make sure we respect our opponent as players and coaches every game.”