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Down 17 points, Cubs rally to stun Bulldogs

Monday, September 26, 2011

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The Monett Cubs rallied from a 17-0 deficit to stun the Carl Junction Bulldogs 27-24 on Friday night. Above Cubs' running back Aaron Halal fights for extra yardage despite losing his helmet. Hall eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau for the first time this season. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
The Monett Cubs football team performed its best Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde impersonation in Friday night's 27-24 come-from-behind win over Carl Junction.

Trailing 17-0, Monett rattled off 27 unanswered points and held on for the victory to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big 8 Conference.

"We don't want to get in the business of big comebacks," said Monett's coach Chad Depeť. "We had no emotion or fire for much of the first half. At halftime we made some adjustments, and the boys came out with a totally different attitude."

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Touchdown. Monett's Kurran Blamey hauls in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Woods to give Monett its first lead of the game. The Cubs rallied from a 17-0 deficit to win 27-24. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
Clinging to a three-point lead with two minutes to play in the game, Carl Junction had the ball fourth and one on Monett's 20-yard line. The Bulldogs tried to run to the wide side of the field when Monett's Matt Murphy, Carter Huffmaster and Kurran Blamey knifed through the line to stop Keegan Pittman short of the first down to preserve the win.

Carl Junction marched 64 yards in 10 plays on the game's initial drive. Nick Thompson capped it off with a one-yard run to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.

The Cubs offense remained listless on its first four possessions, which produced to two punts and two turnovers.

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When the receiver turns into the defender. Tyler Green attempts to intercept a Carl Junction pass in the third period of Monett's 27-24 victory over Carl Junction. Despite photographic evidence to the contrary, there was no offensive pass interference called on the play. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
The Bulldogs converted Monett's first turnover into seven points on a Matthew Magee 24-yard touchdown catch with 1:03 left in the first quarter. Carl Junction added three more points on Reese Tholen's 32-yard field goal with 8:51 left in the first half.

Needing to find positive traction before half time, Monett went to work at its 20 with four minutes to play in the first half.

Blamey quickly ripped off a 20-yard run and then caught a 47-yard pass to move the Cubs to the Bulldogs' 11. Three plays later, Kyle Woods plowed into the end zone from one vyard out to cut the deficit to 17-7.

Monett roared out of the halftime locker room and received the ball to open the second half.

The Cubs methodically moved the ball down the field. Facing a fourth and three on the four-yard line, Monett elected to go for it instead of kicking a field goal.

Aaron Hall took a Woods pitch, raced around the right side of the line and dove into the end zone.

The Cubs traveled 75 yards in 11 plays to cut the lead to 17-14.

With momentum firmly on its side, Monett's defense set up its next score.

Devon Overall ended Carl Junctions' ensuing drive, intercepting a Pitmann pass giving the Cubs the ball back at its own 48 with 4:16 left in the third quarter.

Monett wasted no time. The Cubs' offense marched 52 yards in four minutes and took its initial lead of the game when Woods connected with Blamey from 21 yards out. The PAT failed, but Monett led 20-17.

Carl Junction would not fade quietly into the cool night air and returned the Cubs ensuing kickoff to Monett's 37-yard line. However, Lady

Luck shined down upon the Cubs when two plays later, Monett's Jeff Craft recovered a fumble.

Setting up shop on their own 38, the Cubs ran Hall three straight plays and gained 12 total yards. On the fourth play of the drive, Blamey took the pitch and raced 50 yards to pay dirt to give the Cubs a 27-17 lead.

The Bulldogs responded quickly, with an eight-play, 51-yard drive. Pittman found Travis Vogt for a 21-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 27-24.

Monett got the ball back with 5:59 left in the game.

Hall picked up 12 yards on first down to move the chains and four more yards on first down. However, the Cubs' next two plays resulted in negative 19 yards forcing Monett to punt.

Carl Junction took over at its own 29-yard line with 3:21 left in the game.

On first down, Pittman found his tight end Chase Mars streaking down the left hash for a 29-yard gain, a roughing the passer penalty moved the ball to the Cubs' 27. That's when the Monett defense stiffened to preserve the win.

"The great thing about tonight's comeback is that we did it together," said Depeť. "Our offensive line stepped up and controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half, and we flew to the ball on defense. I am proud of these young men."

Monett outgained the Bulldogs in total yardage 364-309. The Cubs pounded out 243 rushing yards on 43 attempts.

Blamey rushed the ball 10 times for 109 yards and a score. He caught four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Hall ran for 129 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown.

"It has been a while since we could pound the ball and run a little bit," said Depeť. "These boys don't quit. That I think is one of the best compliments you can give a football player. Tonight is proof that if you don't cash your chips in and you keep working good things will happen."

Monett hosts rival Aurora on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Editor's note: Video of Blamey's touchdown and the defenses fourth down stop are at www.monett-times.com.



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