"We knew going in that Cassville was a very solid club," said Monett head coach Chad Depeť. "We had a couple of chances to make the game tighter, and we couldn't get it done. Credit the Wildcats for stepping up."
Monett went three and out on its first possession of the game.
Kirk reached the end zone again for the Wildcats on their next drive.
Monett pinned the Wildcats back at the 24-yard line. Runs of six and eight yards by Nichols and a nine-yard pick up by Kyle Brattin pushed the ball to the Cassville 46. On the next play, Kirk broke loose and rumbled 54 yards to put the Wildcats up 14-0.
The Cubs started clicking offensively on their next series of downs. Monett started the drive at its own 14 and moved 63 yards in 13 plays to bring up a fourth and two on the Wildcats' 21, but Aaron Hall was stopped short on the fourth down and Monett turned the ball over on downs.
Monett mounted another drive right before halftime that was ended when Caymen Walker knocked a Tyler Green pass down at the goal line with 33 seconds left in the half.
Cassville received the kick off to open the second half and set up shop on its 34. Wasting no time, the Wildcats covered 66 yards in five plays, all runs. Stanton Stringer reached pay dirt from a yard out to give Cassville a 21-0 lead.
After being stymied by the Wildcats on their two previous drives, the Cubs needed to create something positive.
Monett began its second drive of the second half at the 20 yard line.
The Cubs covered 80 yards in 12 plays with Kurran Blamey catching a 32-yard pass on fourth down for the touchdown.
"It was good to see Kurran back on the field for us tonight," said Depee. "He has the ability to stretch a defense and make a lot of good things happen."
The Wildcats doused any thoughts of a Monett comeback on their next series.
Cassville covered 65 yards in five plays with Nichols scoring on a 40-yard run.
"We know what we have to do," said Depee. "In order for us to make the playoffs, we have no more room for any error. We are going to take it one game at a time."
Green finished the game completing 19 passes in 25 attempts for 181 yards. Blamey caught three passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Aaron Hall rushed the ball 23 times for 73 yards.
Cassville rushed for 286 yards on the evening. Nichols collected 112 yards on 12 carries.
Monett travels to Seneca on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.