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MMS eighth graders win thriller

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Monett Cubs' Quincy Jackson scored the winning touchdown with just 12.9 seconds left on the clock to give the visiting Cubs a 22-18 victory over host Cassville last Thursday.

The Cubs were down 18-16 with less than two minutes on the clock and marched the ball down the field with no timeouts. Facing a fourth down with four yards to go, the Cubs ran a sweep to the right side and Jackson darted into the end zone for the winning score.

"What a game," said Cubs Coach David Grimm "We talked all week about how this game was probably going to come down to the wire. Our boys never gave up and found a way to get it done."

The Cubs struck pay dirt early in the game with Jackson scampering six yards for the first touchdown early in the first quarter. Kedric Brink found Tyler Ash open in the end zone on a pass to give the Cubs a two-point conversion, and the Cubs led 8-0.
Cassville would march the ball down the field to tie the game in the second quarter. The score was knotted at 8-8 at halftime.
Monett got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when a Brink pass was tipped by a Wildcat defender and fell into the arms of Monett's Michael Cooper. Cooper took the ball down to the six-yard line and just two plays later Jackson bolted into the end zone giving Monett a 14-8 advantage. Jackson's two-point conversion run gave Monett a 16-8 advantage.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Cubs were pinned deep in Cassville territory and forced to punt. The snap from center was errant and punter Tyler Ash was tackled in the end zone for a safety. The Cubs held a 16-10 advantage with just 3:29 remaining in the game. The Cubs were forced to kick off from their own 20-yard line following the safety and Cassville gained possession deep in Cub territory. The Wildcats marched the ball into the end zone and following a two-point conversion run held an 18-16 lead with just 1:39 left in the game.

Defensively, the Cubs were led in tackles by Jackson with eight solo stops, and Ash contributed six stops. Outside linebackers Jesus Salas and Oscar Martinez had four stops while filling in for injured starters.
"I'm thrilled for our kids," said Grimm. "They never stopped believing, and that's what good football teams do."

The Cubs' record now stands at 2-2 for the season. Monett will play host to the Mt. Vernon Mountaineers this Thursday.

Special thanks to head Coach David Grimm for the play by play and statists.

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