"This loss is going to stick with us for a while," said Monett coach Chad Depeť. "You really have to take your hat off to Aurora. They did exactly what they needed to do to take control of this game and win."
The Cubs' first drive of the game became a harbinger of things to come.
Two plays later, the Cubs punted to give Aurora great field position at the Monett 37-yard line.
Aurora needed only four plays to cover the distance for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead as junior running back Everett Basham battered into the end zone from four yards out.
|Basham carried the ball 35 times for 243 yards and scored three touchdowns. By the end of the first half Basham had collected 174 yards.||Monett was able to move the ball on its next two possessions and crossed into Houn' Dawg territory, but Aurora's defense stiffened each time, forcing a punt and a turnover on downs.|
With 3:23 remaining in the second period, Aurora began its fifth drive of the first half on its own 26-yard line.
Basham carried the ball six straight times, collecting gains of 33 and 32 yards on the drive and scored on a five-yard run with 1:03 left in the first half to give Aurora a 14-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Houn' Dawgs recovered a Monett fumble on the 25-yard line with 56 seconds left.
Five plays and 36 seconds later, Josh Mackey hauled in a nine-yard pass from Clayton Sumners to give Aurora a 20-0 edge heading into halftime.
Aurora outgained Monett 217 to 79 in total yards in the first half.
The second half didn't provide much relief or good news for the Cubs.
Kurran Blamey was saddled on the bench with ice taped to his ankle, and Woods suffered an injury that took him out of the game for the second half.
The Houn' Dawgs came out of the locker room and picked up right where they left off.
Aurora squashed any hopes of a Monett comeback, taking the ball 63 yards in 14 plays and chewing up over six minutes. Basham plowed across the goal line from a yard out to lift Aurora to a 28-0 lead.
Monett's next drive stalled and a short punt gave Aurora the ball back at the Dawgs' 37 -yard line.
|Aurora moved the ball 11 yards in three plays to the 49.||On the fourth play, Sumners connected with Jordan Fronabarger for a 51-yard pitch and catch. With the addition of the PAT, the turbo clock was initiated.|
Monett would show signs of life on its final drive of the game.
Monett began the drive at its own 35. The Cubs covered 65 yards in eight plays. Aaron Hall ran into the end zone from five yards out with 36 seconds left in the game to make the final score 35-7.
"They really pounded us up front," said Depeť "We were challenged tonight and came up short. We thought we could compete and make a game of it, but we are going to learn from this loss and get better."
Depeť thought the Houn's did a good jobs of taking advantage of Cubs' mistakes.
"We mishandled a snap, and it caused us to give Aurora good field position," said Depeť. "Giving the ball back right before half and them taking a two-score lead and making it a three-score lead was huge."
|Monett travels to Mt. Vernon on Friday.|
The Mountaineers picked up their first win of the season last Friday with a 16-14 overtime thriller against East Newton.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.