When the dust settled, the Cubs stood strong with a 33-21 victory and in firm control of their post-season destiny.
"I am so proud of this team tonight," said Monett coach Chad Depeť. "We just kept moving forward. All season long we have been hit, knocked down and pushed around, but we never gave up. This team has been resilient all season. Tonight, we played a complete game and earned a hard fought victory."
Three plays later, Blamey ended the drive with a 20-yard touchdown catch.
Seneca quickly answered on its first possession. The Indians covered 64 yards in six plays to tie the game on Marty Mailes' three-yard plunge to tie the game 7-7.
The Cubs countered the Indians' score on their next drive.
Monett began on its 30-yard line and methodically marched the ball 13 plays to the Indians five-yard line. Facing a fourth and goal from the five, Green found Blamey on a crossing pattern.
Blamey then ran to the front corner pylon, spun off two would-be Seneca tacklers and stretched the ball over the goal line for the touchdown and 14-7 lead.
|Monett's defense got into the action on Seneca's ensuing drive. The Cubs' held Mailes to a one-yard gain on first and second downs to bring up a third and nine for the Indians.||Quarterback Peyton Rawlings' pass was tipped and intercepted by Monett's Tyler Bass at the Indians' 35.|
Looking to capitalize on the field position and momentum, Monett only needed just one play to excite the visiting fans. Green took the snap on first down, faked a toss to Aaron Hall and threw deep to a wide-open Blamey, who trotted into the end zone to give Monett a 21-7 lead.
"It was a good night," said Blamey. "The offense really clicked tonight. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. It was a truly team win."
Seneca countered with a quick drive and traveled 69 yards in nine plays to cut the lead to 21-14 on Mailes' one- yard plunge with 2:38 left in the first half.
The Cubs defense quickly established itself in the second half, forcing the Indians to punt on their initial drive of the second half.
Monett took over on its own 15 after the Seneca punt and went to work. Hall ripped off runs of 31, 12, 9, 2, 10 and 3 yards as the Cubs drove the length of the field and scored on a Green five-yard scramble to lead 27-14.
Seneca scored on its ensuing drive, covering 60 yards in nine plays. Mailes crossed the goal line from two yards out to cut the lead to 27-21 with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter.
Not willing to let the game slip away, the Cubs fired right back. Monett went 71 yards in seven plays and scored on Green's quarterback keeper from four yards out. The highlight of the drive was a Blamey 45-yard reception on third and 15.
"To come down here and get a win is huge for us and our program,'' said Depeť said. "There's a reason why Seneca is 5-3. They're a great program and a very good team. We were fortunate to come out and start fast. We felt that was a big crucial key for us to do.
"This was a team win," continued Depeť. "Everyone, from the O-line and D-line to the special teams made the victory possible. We now turn our attention to East Newton."
Monett racked up 416 yards of total offense and collected 23 first downs. The Cubs rushed the ball 46 times for 235 yards. Hall had 178 yards on 28 carries and has now rushed over 1,000 yards on the season.
Blamey caught eight passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 20 yards.
Green was 12 of 13 passing for 181 yards and accounted for three passing and two rushing touchdowns.
Mailes finished the night with 138 yards on 23 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Schiffner collected three of the Cubs' five sacks on the evening.
Monett's playoff future is in its own hands. The Cubs host East Newton on Thursday night. A win, coupled with a Seneca loss at Cassville, would push the Cubs into the playoffs for the first time in three years.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.