Going nowhere. Monett's Carter Huffmaster, at left, and Tyler Bass, at right, led the Cubs' defense in a goal-line stand against Carthage Friday night in Carl Junction. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs football team gave fans a small taste of what they could expect this season at the annual football jamboree in Carl Junction on Friday.
Monett squared off against Nevada, Carthage and Carl Junction. Each team ran 12 offensive and 12 defensive plays in a round robin format.
"I was pleased with several things that I saw tonight," said Monett Head Coach Chad Depeť. "Our main concern was getting some of our younger players some action and finding those who want to step up and play on Friday."
Here come the Cubs. The 2011 Monett Cubs football team took the field Friday night in Carl Junction in Missouri's annual preseason football jamboree. The Cubs face McDonald County in their season opener on Friday. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett started the evening against Carl Junction. The Cubs' defense stuffed the Bulldogs' attack on seven consecutive plays, allowing them to advance the ball only eight yards. Carl Junction punched in two scores once Monett substituted their junior varsity.
"I felt our varsity defense did a good job of knocking off the rust and stepping up to stop Carl Junction," said Depeť. "We gave up a couple of scores when we put our younger guys in, but that is why we play in the jamboree. We want to get better."
The Cubs scored twice on offense against the Bulldogs. Devon Overall and Tyler Green each caught an eight-yard strike from quarterback Kyle Woods.
Opening up the way. Jared Childress powers his way through the Carthage defense, opening up a running lane for his tailback during Friday's jamboree in Carl Junction. Monett scored touchdowns on all three of its opponents. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Woods and Green connected again on a 38-yard touchdown against Carthage.
"The Tigers are a good Class 4 team," said Depeť. "Our defense struggled with their team speed. I told the boys that Carthage's speed is something we need to try to achieve. We will only get better from the experience of playing Carthage."
The Cubs ground out a score on Nevada's defense but struggled with the Tigers' huge offensive line, which averaged 299 pounds per lineman.
Touchdown. Monett's Tyler Green secures a leaping touchdown against Carl Junction's Ethan Hutcheson during Friday night's jamboree. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"They were big, and it provided some match-up problems," said Depeť. "We went out and competed hard. I was proud of my boys. We are going to go study the film and only get better from these scrimmages."
Monett opens the season on Friday against McDonald County at home. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.