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Cubs refine skills at jamboree

Monday, August 20, 2012

Up and Over Senior running back Aaron Hall hurdles a Nevada defender during the annual pre-season jamboree at Carl Junction on Friday. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Monett Cubs football team took full advantage of its opportunity to hit players in a different color jersey during Friday night's jamboree at Carl Junction.

The annual pre-season event afforded the Cubs the chance to run 12 offensive and 12 defensive plays against Carl Junction, Carthage and Nevada.

"We were looking closely at a couple of things," said Monett football coach Chad Depeť. "We wanted to see how we responded to a little adversity and we wanted to see who could step up and make plays."

Going deep. Monett quarterback Kyle Woods looks for an open target down field during Friday night's jamboree at Carl Junction. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
For the enthusiastic fan the jamboree was a chance to wet their unquenchable thirst for the most popular sport in Missouri. For the coaching staff it's a pre-season event that gives them a chance to find things to fine tune before week one.

The Cubs played their starters sparingly limiting then to four plays per school and focused on finding players who could fill reserve roles.

Against Carl Junction, the starters shined on both sides of the ball.

Incomplete. The Monett secondary led by senior defensive back Tyler Bass shut down Carl Junction's receiving core. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Senior running back Aaron Hall showed mid-season form by ripping off a 10-yard run on his first carry from scrimmage. Nicky Roberts picked up six-yards on a bubble screen and Kurran Blamey plowed up the middle for positive yardage.

The starting defense forced a fumble, an incomplete pass and two short yardage runs in limited action against the Bulldogs.

A larger Carthage Tigers team proved difficult for the Cubs.

Tough yardage. Kurran Blamey looks for an opening to run through during Friday night scrimmage against Carl Junction. Monett opens the regular season on Friday against Mt. Vernon. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Offensively, Monett's starters bobbled the first snap and had a tough time finding room to operate. The defense struggled to contain the Carthage's speed.

"We really didn't do a good job of matching their intensity," said Depeť. "We want to rotate as many kids through as possible and see how they stacked up against a bigger school."

Monett roared to life against Nevada scoring on Matt Murphy's 12-yard scamper. The defense was opportunistic forcing three turnovers.

After the jamboree, coach Depeť leveled with his players.

"I told them we have some things to work on," said Depeť. "We need to have more intensity when game time gets near. We had some missed assignments that we will show the guys on film and we had several little technical things that we need to clean up before Mt. Vernon.

"I was pleased that we forced four turnovers tonight," continued Depeť. "Everything we struggled with tonight is fixable. Now we turn our attention to week one."

The Cubs travel to Mt. Vernon on Friday for their season opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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