Keeping their state playoff hopes alive, the host Monett Cubs utilized a good ground game and a determined defense to defeat the East Newton Patriots 37-0 last Friday night in a Class 3A District 12 and Big 8 Conference contest.
With the win, the Cubs improved to 1-1 in the district, 8-1 on the year and 5-1 in the league. It sets up this Thursday night's encounter between Monett and the Seneca Indians at Seneca to decide which team advances to the state playoffs and which team stays home.
Game statistics show Monett's command against the Patriots. The Cubs amassed 367 yards on offense to 179 for East Newton as the Patriots dropped to 0-2 in the district, 1-8 on the season and 1-5 in the conference. Additionally, the home team never had to punt. Meanwhile, the Cub defense forced two punts and turned another punting situation into a score.
East Newton drive
It was an East Newton drive that consumed most of the first quarter. Following the opening kickoff, the Patriots, mainly behind the running of quarterback Justin Heckman, drove 50 yards in 16 plays to the Monett 24-yard line before the Cubs finally stopped the march that took nearly nine minutes off the clock.
With Christian Privett, Chris Eimer and Spenser Witt doing the running, Monett moved 69 yards in just eight plays to the seven-yard line, only to relinquish the ball on a fumble three plays before the end of the quarter.
On the second play of the second period, however, the Cubs had the ball back on a fumble recovery by Kyle Fellwock at the 38-yard line. This time Monett would not be denied.
Flurry of points
Behind the running of Privett and a 21-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Green to Witt, the Cubs began to score a flurry of points.
The first score came on a six-yard run by Privett. The extra point was added by Eimer to put Monett up 7-0 with 7:50 left in the first half.
Monett's defensive unit, led by Jason Obermann, Beau Bounous, Tristen Homfeldt, Matt Schiffner, Jacob Childress and Fellwock, immediately shut down the Patriots to force a punt. The ball was snapped over the punter's head and the punter was tackled in the end zone by Ethan Davis for a safety to make the score 9-0 with 5:39 to go until intermission.
Two plays after the East Newton free kick, the Cubs would be on the board again. Ryan Cody returned the kick 29 yards to give the Cubs excellent field position at the 25-yard line. Cody then launched a halfback pass to Witt for 22 yards to place the ball on the three. Homfeldt ran the ball into the end zone on the next play. Eimer's extra point upped Monett's lead to 16-0 with 5:14 left in the half.
Another long march
East Newton then began another long march of 11 plays for a first and goal at the seven. But the Cub defensive crew rose to the occasion, pushing East Newton back four yards in three plays. A field goal attempt as the first half expired saw the ball hit the edge of the uprights and bound harmlessly away.
Behind the fine offensive line play of Jacob Murphy, Jeff Craft, Ryan Johnson, Obermann and Bounous, the Cubs opened the second half with an 89-yard scoring drive. Homfeldt started the march with a 28-yard run. Privett ended it with a 25-yard TD run. Eimer's extra point made the score 23-0 in favor of the Cubs with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter.
Getting a nice 39-yard run by Leroy Williams, the visitors once again got close to a score. However, the Cubs stopped East Newton inside the 20-yard line and another field goal was missed.
Monett then added the final points. Homfeldt got one TD with two minutes left in the third period on a 10-yard run to make the tally 30-0 after Eimer's extra point. Privett got the last touchdown on a 47-yard jaunt with 5:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. Eimer again added the extra point to make it 37-0.
Reserves saw action the rest of the way for Monett.
|Privett was the leading ball carrier for Monett and in the game with 198 yards on 21 carries. Witt caught two passes for 43 yards for the Cubs.|
Touchdowns: Monett--Privett 3, Homfeldt 2. Extra Point Kicks: Monett--Eimer 5. Safety: Monett--Davis.