Monett ran a total of 46 plays from scrimmage during the game. Forty-two were running plays. Aaron Hall carried the majority of the load for the Cubs' offense with 247 yards on 36 rushing attempts and two touchdowns.
"He's not going to have any trouble going to sleep tonight," said Monett coach Chad Depeť. "We challenged our offensive line and running backs to be physical tonight, and they responded well."
Mt. Vernon took the ball and promptly marched 65-yards in 12 plays to take a 6-0 lead.
Defensively, the Mountaineers held Monett to five yards of offense on six plays in the first quarter.
Monett finally righted the ship in the second quarter.
The Cubs' third drive of the game was unusual, frustrating, confounding and game changing.
Monett took possession of the ball on its own 39-yard line. On first down, a holding penalty backed the Cubs up 10 yards. Quarterback Tyler Green threw an incomplete pass to bring up second down and 20.
Consecutive false start penalties pushed Monett further back. Green then picked up three yards on second down.
Monett was then flagged for an illegal motion penalty before another short run brought up fourth and 32 and a punting situation. On the kick, the Mt. Vernon returner muffed the catch and Monett recovered at the Mountaineer 36-yard line.
With renewed vigor, Monett went on the attack.
On first down, Hall barreled 35-yards to the one. On the next play, Hall would not be denied. Monett led 7-6
Monett's defensive front consistently pressured and frustrated the Mountaineers' offense all night. They tipped several passes and combined for seven sacks.
"They were a great bonus tonight," said Depeť of his D-line. "Any time you can get heat on the quarterback and disrupt his timing without have to blitz, good things will happen."
Monett added to its lead before halftime, marching 65 yards in 10 plays to take a 13-6 lead into the break. The drive was capped off by a Green one-yard sneak into the end zone.
Mt. Vernon would prove to be a stubborn foe in the third quarter.
The Mountaineers took the opening kick off and put together a nice drive, traveling 58 yards in 13 plays, moving the ball to the Monett 19 and chewing up over seven minutes of the clock before the Cubs forced a turnover on downs.
After an exchange of punts Monett took over at its own 11 with 10:13 left in the fourth quarter and on the second drive of the second half iced the game with an impressive series of plays.
The Cubs, on the this clinching drive, ran one of two plays for 11 of the 12 plays of the series: Aaron Hall right and Aaron Hall left. The Cubs covered 89 yards and Green scampered into the end zone from seven yards out to put the Cubs up 19-6 with 4:03 left in the contest.
Monett would force Mt. Vernon to turn the ball over on downs.
Hall would tack on a 41-yard touchdown run after a Mt. Vernon turnover before the game ended.
"Our defense really settled into the game and played well tonight," said Depeť. "We preach 'bend but don't break,' and tonight you saw a great example of that."
Depeť was quick to praise Mt. Vernon for a good game.
"I want to tip my hat to the Mt. Vernon players and coaching staff," said Depeť. "They put up a great effort in this game. They finally wore down in the fourth quarter, but still, they played hard. Our boys battled tonight. We needed a win like this. I am proud of their effort."
Monett hosts Cassville on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.