Bolting out to an early lead, the Mt. Vernon Mountaineers spoiled Monett's football homecoming Friday night by rolling to a 41-9 Big 8 Conference victory.
|Queen Mayra Almaras and her court watched as the visitors employed an impressive passing attack and took advantage of numerous Monett Cubs turnovers in the game to get the win.|
|Monett, 2-5 on the year and 1-3 in the league, had several early chances in the contest.|
|The Cubs took the opening kick off and picked up a couple of first downs to reach the 29-yard line. However, a fourth down and one play failed to get the yard, and Monett turned the ball over on downs.|
|The visitors struck quickly. On the third play from scrimmage, quarterback M.J. Swortwood passed to Kaden Jones for a 75-yard touchdown. Dima Spellman's extra point kick put Mt. Vernon ahead 7-0 with 6:18 remaining in the first quarter.|
|Chris Eimer gave the Cubs an excellent chance to get right back in the game with a sparkling 51-yard kick-off return to the 27-yard line. A pass of eight yards from quarterback Kyle Woods to Marcus Enloe resulted in a first down at the 14. But the Cubs could get no closer and a field goal attempt was unsuccessful.|
Building its lead
Mt. Vernon then began building its lead. The Mountaineers drove 80 yards in 11 plays to score. The TD came on a one-yard run by Hunter Brown. The extra point try was blocked by Jeffrey Craft to leave Mt. Vernon on top 13-0 with 39 seconds to go in the opening stanza.
|Fourteen seconds later the Cubs found themselves trailing by three touchdowns. Monett fumbled the kick-off return. On Mt. Vernon's first play following the turnover, Swortwood passed 37 yards to Shane Williams for the touchdown. The two-point conversion run by Williams upped the Mountaineer lead to 21-0.|
Monett was able to get on the scoreboard in the second period with a defensive score. Pinned back near their own goal line due to holding penalties, the Mountaineers elected to pass from their end zone. Matt Schiffner broke through and tackled the Mt. Vernon quarterback in the endzone for a safety to make the score 21-2 in favor of the Mountaineers with 9:27 until intermission.
|Unable to move the ball with any effectiveness, the Cubs turned the ball over twice on pass interceptions. The second Mt. Vernon pass theft resulted in a score as Jones returned the interception 50 yards for a TD with 1:59 remaining until the half. Spellman's extra point made the score 28-2 at the break.|
|Mt. Vernon continued to pull away in the second half. After an exchange of punts in the third quarter. Swortwood passed 81 yards to Williams for a TD. The extra point try failed, leaving the Mountaineers ahead 34-2 with 6:09 left in the quarter.|
|A pass interception on the first play of the last quarter led the Mt. Vernon's final score. The TD came four plays after the theft on a six-yard pass from Swortwood to Brown. Spellman's extra point boosted Mt. Vernon's lead to 41-2 with 10:02 to go in the game.|
Best offensive showing
Monett's best offensive showing of the night came after the Mountaineer kick-off. Behind the fine offensive line play of Jeffrey Craft, Ryno Johnson, Reese Bounous and Kyle Doss, the Cubs drove 82 yards in 14 plays to score.
|Ethan Davis got the march started with an 11-yard run. A 29-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Green to Schiffner resulted in a first and goal from the eight. On fourth down from the seven, Hall passed seven yards to Enloe for the touchdown. Eimer's extra point with 1:41 to go in the game made the score 41-9.|
|This Friday, the Cubs travel to Cassville to take on the undefeated and two-time defending state champion Wildcats in another Big 8 contest. It will also be the first district game of the year.|
Touchdowns: Monett--Enloe. Mt. Vernon--Jones 2, Brown 2, Williams 2. Extra point kicks: Monett--Eimer. Mt. Vernon--Spellman 3. Two-point conversion: Mt. Vernon--Williams. Safety: Monett--Schiffner.