Putting 29 points on the board in the pivotal second quarter, the visiting Monett Cubs closed out the 2010 football campaign with a convincing 42-7 triumph over the East Newton Patriots in a Big 8 Conference and Class 3 district game.
Monett's defensive unit forced a punt on East Newton's first possession and then got the first score of the game. After a field goal attempt by the Cubs was blocked, East Newton turned the ball back to Monett on a fumble recovery by Tristen Homfeldt.
The Cubs struck quickly. Kurran Blamey ripped off a 30-yard run to the one-yard line. From there, Aaron Hall bullied into the endzone for the touchdown. The extra point try was blocked, leaving Monett ahead 6-0 with 7:27 to go in the opening period.
East Newton then put on its best offensive showing of the night. The Patriots marched 72 yards in 14 plays, mainly behind the running of Ammon Allphin, to take the lead. The TD came on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback Will Wheeler ran four yards for the score. John Yang's extra point put East Newton ahead 7-6 with 11:52 to go until halftime.
Flurry of points
Following an exchange of punts, the Cubs then put up a flurry of points to take complete control of the game.
Monett took the lead for good on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Green to receiver Broc Wolfe. The two-point conversion run by Hall made the score 14-7 in Monett's favor with 8:29 remaining in the quarter.
After allowing a couple of first downs, Monett's take-away defense got the ball back on a pass interception by Andy Hagedorn.
One play later Monett had a two-touchdown lead when Hall galloped 29 yards for the touchdown. Chris Eimer's extra point kick boosted the Cubs' lead to 21-7.
Monett's defense, led by Matt Schiffner, Jared Childress, Kyle Doss, Ethan Davis, Jeffrey Craft, Eimer and Homfeldt, continued to shutdown the Patriots.
The Cubs had the ball back three plays after the kick-off on a pass theft by Eimer. On the very next play the Cubs had another score when Green passed to Eimer for 38 yards and the TD. Eimer added the extra point to up Monett's lead to 28-7 with 3:58 left until intermission.
The scoring spree by the Cubs would go on one more time before the half. Monett's defense stayed strong and got the ball back on downs. Monett then went 36 yards in seven plays to score. The touchdown came on a five-yard dash by Hall. The extra point by Eimer increased the Cubs' lead to 35-5 with 29 seconds left in the half.
One more score
Behind the fine offensive line performance of Reese Bounous, Ryno Johnson, Craft, Homfeldt, Doss and Childress, the Cubs tacked on one more score in the third period.
Monett received the second half kick-off and drove 46 yards in five plays to score. Hall carried the ball on all five rushes and got the TD on a one-yard run. Eimer's point after made it the final of 42-7.
Defense dominated play the rest of the second half. With reserves seeing the bulk of the action, the Cubs threatened to score once again near the end of the game following a pass interception by Carlin Ballay. Monett reached the nine-yard line after a nifty 30 yard run by quarterback Kyle Woods. The Cubs then elected to take a knee on two straight plays to run out the clock.
Hall was the lead ball carrier for the Cubs and in the game, rushing for 125 yards on 16 carries. Monett's defensive secondary did not allow a pass completion by the home team.
Finishing 3-7 overall, 2-5 in the league and 1-2 in district play, the Cubs dominated East Newton in all facets of the game. Monett out-gained the Patriots 338 yards to 133 and had 14 first downs compared to 10.
Touchdowns: Monett--Wolfe, Eimer, Hall 4. East Newton--Wheeler. Extra point kicks: Monett--Eimer 4. East Newton--Yang. Two-point conversion: Monett--Hall.