|High school football in Missouri unofficially starts this Friday night with the annual football jamborees.|
What in reality is nothing more than a glorified practice, the jamboree gives coaches a chance to evaluate their respective teams.
|"We're just ready to line up and hit a different color jersey," Monett Head Coach Chad Depée said. "We have some unsettled positions we will be keeping an eye on.||"We want to see who will step up and earn a starting job," Depée added.|
The Monett Cubs travel to Carl Junction to compete in this year's event.
Other teams, in the jamboree are Carl Junction, Carthage, and Nevada.
Each team will play in a round robin format, running 12 offensive and 12 defensive plays.
Monett entertains Carl Junction first, then Carthage and wraps up the night against Nevada.
"Friday night we get to see how our boys respond to three different styles of football," Depée added.
"On the offensive side of the ball, we will be paying close attention to the O-line," Depée said. "We know that mistakes will happen, and we want to see how we respond to those situations. Defensively, we want to see our kids fly to the ball."
Even though this is still considered a practice, Monett will be playing the underdog roll.
"We will be the smallest school at the jamboree," added Depée. "We will be playing up (larger schools) in every match, but we will have our boys ready."
The Cubs would like to invite their loyal fans to attend the jamboree and help cheer them on.
"We love our fans," Depée said.
The Cubs open the regular season next Friday on the road against the Mustangs of McDonald County.