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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

There is an old coaching adage "I would rather win ugly, than lose pretty." Last Friday night's Cubs win was definitely ugly.

"Fifty percent of the teams that played last Friday lost," said Cubs' Head Coach Chad Depée. "We were lucky to get the win. We have a lot to work t do in practice.

"Looking at the film, we were always close to breaking the game open with a big play or were a tackle away from stopping the Mustangs," Depée added. "There is a big learning curve with our new offense.'

Depée did learn a little bit about his team.

"I thought our special teams played great," Depée said. "Anytime we block a kick, kick a field goal and recover a fumble on a kick-off, you can consider it a success."

This Friday, the Cubs host the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats, a game that will test the young Cubs.

"They (Logan-Rogersville) are a good team," Depée said. "Defensively, they fly to the ball and play very aggressive. Offensively, they run out of multiple formations. We have to play disciplined football."

The Wildcats lost in the playoffs last year to Cassville by one point.

Logan-Rogersville Head Coach Doug Smith had high praise for the Cubs.

"The Cubs are a good ball club," Smith said "Offensively, they can throw the ball. They have good team speed on defense. In order to have any success against them, we will have to run the ball and must win the battle up front."

For the Cubs to be successful Friday night they can't beat themselves.

"We have to have great play from both (offense and defense) lines," Depée said. "We need to gain positive yards on first down, setting up short yardage situation on second and third downs. We need to go on 10-plus play drives and score touchdowns, shorten the game and take the pressure off our defense."

Friday's kick off is slated for 7 p.m. at Burl Fowler Stadium.

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