The Monett Cubs took to the gridiron last Friday in Carl Junction with several question marks about its starting lineup.
At the conclusion of the jamboree several of those questions had been answered.
Before the Cubs went on the field, Head Coach Chad Depée huddled his team and gave them a simple reminder. "We want to start on defense," Depée said.
The Cubs' coach got his wish.
On the very first play from scrimmage the Cubs' defense broke the Carl Junction Bulldogs line tackling the running back for a 2-yard loss.
"We were looking for two things tonight, discipline and effort," Depée said. "We want our defense to set the tone for our games. We have to be strong on that side of the ball.
"The defense played well. They were hungry, and it showed," Depée said.
Going into the jamboree, the Cubs had concerns with the offensive and defensive lines.
"Overall, I was pleased with the effort of our lines," Depée said. "Obviously, we still have work that needs to be done."
The Cubs struggled with the overall size and speed of Carthage.
|"Carthage is a great team," Depée said. "They played extremely well."|
After facing Carthage the Cubs' final opponent was Nevada.
The Cubs marched 40 yards in six plays to score on their opening possession.
|"I am so proud of the way our boys finished the night," Depée said. "After dealing with the frustration of Carthage, they put it behind them and focused on Nevada.||"Scoring the touchdown was huge these boys did not quit," Depée said.|
The Cubs now turn their attention to facing the Mustangs of McDonald County on the road Friday.
|"The season starts this weekend," Depee said, "We have some work to do this week in practice, but we will be ready."|