The Lamar Tigers defeated the Monett Cubs eighth grade football team 22-6 Thursday night.
Lamar scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter by taking advantage of Monett miscues, one of which resulted in a 92-yard run with 2:30 left in the game.
Monett was able to get on the scoreboard early. The Cubs scored just three plays on their opening drive. Quincy Jackson broke a 42-yard run for the first score. The extra point attempt fell short, and the Cubs had a 6-0 advantage.
|Four different times during the contest Monett had the ball inside the Tigers 10 yard line away empty due to turnovers and mental mistakes.|
|"If you do not take care of the little things, they soon turn into big things," said Monett Coach David Grimm. "We are making mistakes at crucial times. It has to be corrected. I am the head coach and ultimately this falls upon my shoulders. We will get things corrected. We came off the ball well tonight, and we were getting leverage. I heard some pads popping up front."|
|On offense, Grimm acknowledged the good play of lineman Jeremy Antill, Jordan Hall and Wyatt Rook. Cubs' running backs Wes Abramovitz and Jackson both combined for over 200 yards rushing.|
|Defensively, Monett was led by Abramovitz who had eight solo tackles. Rook, Hall, Antill and Tyler Ash had four stops each. Linebacker Levi Pfitner was credited with three stops.|
Jackson intercepted a Lamar pass late in the second quarter and returned the ball 57 yards to the Tiger seven yard line. On first down and goal the Cubs fumbled the ball back into the hands of the Tigers.
|"It was really disappointing tonight," said Grimm. "The kids are disappointed, the coachs are disappointed, and we should be. We had opportunities to win this game, and we just didn't get it done. Hopefully, we learned from this."|
The Cubs will travel to Cassville next Thursday for a Big 8 contest versus the Wildcats.
Special thanks to Coach David Grimm for the quotes, statistics and play by play report.