On paper, the 1-3 record Monett's football team has posted looks depressing. However, a closer examination shows a team that is just a couple of plays away from being 3-1.
The Cubs had leads in the Rogersville and Lamar games. Turnovers became the undoing of Monett.
The loss to Nixa, a Class 5 school, was really the result of one frustrating half of football.
These Cubs have fought hard in every game; they haven't got the breaks, yet.
"Our team is still finding our comfort zone," said Cubs Coach Chad Depée. "We are implementing a new offensive system with new kids and a new coaching staff. There is a learning curve that we must go through.
"Our boys need to remember that they are playing for more than their selves," Depée added. "They are playing for the guys in purple and white next to them."
Monett has been improving every week.
"As a whole, this team is better than where we started," Depée said. "Are we where we want to be? No, but we are working in that direction.
The Cubs host Carl Junction Friday night. Monett faced the Bulldogs during the preseason jamboree.
"They are a different team," Depée said. "Carl Junction will run multiple sets, everything from the spread to the power I-formation. "We have to be disciplined Friday night.
"Offensively, we have to methodically move the ball down the field," Depée said. "We can't have penalties that put us in first and 20 situations. Defensively, it is assignment football. Every person has a role, and they must do their part."
The Cubs hope to have a large crowd under the lights Friday. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.