|Monett outplayed the Indians in the first half, leading 14-7 at the break. But Seneca, now 8-1 overall, 6-0 in the conference and 2-0 in district play, scored a pair of quick TDs in the third quarter to take the lead for good.|
|In the early going it was the Cubs assuming control. Behind the strong offensive line play of Kyle Doss, Jeffrey Craft, Ryno Johnson, Reese Bounous, Jared Childress and Tristen Homfeldt, the Cubs marched 66 yards in 12 plays on their first possession to take the lead.|
|Monett racked up five first and tens on the opening drive, which was culminated by an eight-yard scoring pass from quarterback Tyler Green to receiver Kurran Blamey. The extra point by Chris Eimer made it 7-0 in Monett's favor with 6:12 to go in the opening stanza.|
The visitors came right back, however. Led by the running of Allen Frost and Jacob Rhoades, the Indians moved 73 yards in 10 plays to knot the score. The TD came on a one yard plunge by Rhoades. The extra point by Thaddeus Foley tied the game at 7-7 with 2:08 remaining in the quarter.
Retake the lead
Defensive play by both teams dominated most of the second quarter. Yet the Cubs were able to retake the lead.
After having to punt, the Cubs grudgingly gave up yardage to Seneca with the Indians moving the ball to the 33-yard line. Cub defenders, led by Ethan Davis, Carter Huffmaster, Andy Hagedorn, Matt Schiffner and Jacob Childress, held Seneca on downs.
The Cubs then struck quickly. Green passed to Hagedorn on the left sideline, and the receiver raced 66 yards for the touchdown. The point after by Eimer put Monett up again 14-7 with 4:16 to go until intermission. Neither team could muster much offense to rest of the half.
The third quarter became Seneca's quarter as that team began to take command. On their initial possession, the Indians went 65 yards in just seven plays to tie the contest. The TD came on a 10-yard burst by Frost. The extra point by Foley made the score 14-14 with 9:25 left in the period.
|Seneca immediately took the lead as the Cubs fumbled the ensuing kickoff. It took the Indians six plays to go 25 yards for a lead it would not relinquish. The touchdown came on a three-yard run by Frost. Foley's extra point made it 21-14 in Seneca's favor with still 7:11 remaining in the quarter.|
|After the Cubs got one first down on a run by Hagedorn, Monett's offense sputtered, and the Cubs had to punt. Seneca then went 74 yards in just four plays to increase its lead. Frost got the TD on an 18-yard run. Rhoades ran for the two-point conversion and a 29-14 advantage with 3:04 to go in the quarter.|
|Not quitting, the Cubs kept fighting back. The home team took the kickoff and went 76 yards in only five plays to narrow the gap. The touchdown came on a sparkling 56-yard run by Hall. The extra point by Eimer left the score at 29-21 in Seneca's favor with 47 seconds left to play in the third quarter.|
|Seneca then began a drive to ice the game. The Indians marched 57 yards in 10 plays for the final score of the game. The touchdown came on a four-yard run by Frost with 9:25 left in the game. Foley's extra point made it the final of 36-21.|
|Monett kept fighting and drove the ball 61 yards to the nine-yard line as time was winding down before being halted by the Indian defense. Seneca then ran out the clock.|
|Game statistics reflected the final score. Seneca out-gained the Cubs 436 yards to 306 and had 24 first downs to 15 for Monett.|
|This Thursday, the Cubs travel to East Newton for the final game of the season. It will be a conference game as well as a district encounter.||Touchdowns: Monett--Blamey, Hall, Hagedorn. Seneca--Rhoades, Frost 4. Extra point kicks: Monett--Eimer 3. Seneca--Foley 4. Two-point conversion: Seneca--Rhoades.|