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Thursday, November 3, 2011

A mucky muddy mess. Aaron Hall, at left, takes a handoff from quarterback Tyler Green during Wednesday night's rain-drenched playoff game against Pleasant Hill. The Roosters prevailed 14-6 and advance to play Cassville. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
The conditions were less than ideal and yards and points were hard to come by as the Monett Cubs football team fell 14-6 to Pleasant Hill in Class 3 playoff action Wednesday night.

"The weather was a factor tonight," said Monett coach Chad Depeť. "Passing was virtually impossible, which made us a power running team and that style doesn't suit us."

Both teams combined for 10 fumbles, with each side losing one that led directly to points for the opposing team.

Playing in the mud. Monett's Carter Huffmaster, Zach Swearingen, Jeff Craft and Matt Murphy converge on a Pleasant Hill running back during the first quarter of the Class 3 playoff game Wednesday night. [Time Photo by Melissa Leech]
Monett had chances early to put points on the board. On the Cubs' second drive of the game, Monett drove to the Rooster five-yard line and picked up what appeared to be a first down on third and short, a holding penalty wiped out the gain and two plays later the Cubs turned the ball over on downs.

The Cubs' next possession ended in similar fashion when Monett couldn't overcome a holding penalty deep in Rooster territory.

Pleasant Hill, with the aid of a strange punt play, scored first.

The Roosters punted, after being held to a three and out. The ball landed at the eight and rocketed toward the goal line but was prevented from entering the end zone when it hit the back judge official in his mid-section and fell dead at the three.

Instead of Monett getting a touchback, Pleasant Hill flipped the field position.

A Cubs' mishandled snap two plays later was recovered in the end zone by Joe Griffith, and after a successful two-point conversion, the Roosters led 8-0.

Monett capitalized on a Pleasant Hill mistake in the second period when Tyler Bass recovered a muffed punt. The Cubs set up shop at the Roosters' 15 and scored five plays later on a Tyler Green seven-yard run. Monett trailed 8-6 at intermission.

"We told the boys at halftime that we had to score again," said Depeť. "We had to play solid defense, and we would somehow, someway figure out how to punch it in."

Pleasant Hill set up at the 49 on its first drive of the second half. On their first play, the Roosters' Clint Richardson raced 51 yards up the middle to pay dirt to provide a 14-6 cushion.

Monett valiantly battled, trying to mount a comeback, but the weather and a couple of key injuries limited the Cubs' ability to generate much offensive push or gain traction in the mud.

The Cubs were limited to 38 yards of offense in the second half.

"This is a sad time for us," said Depeť. "We wanted to advance in the playoffs, but it wasn't meant to be. I am proud of these seniors. I am proud of their leadership, progress and growth. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them."

Pleasant Hill ran the ball 34 times for 175 yards. Hank Hudson was the Roosters' leading rusher with 14 carries for 102 yards. Richardson had one carry for 51 yards, and Maurice Lang rushed seven times for 22 yards.

Monett had 50 rushes for 119 yards. Aaron Hall carried the ball 24 times for 48 yards. Kurran Blamey rushed eight times for 36 yards, and Green finished with 18 carries for 35 yards.

"This year was a good experience for our younger players," said Depeť. "It was a chance for them to experience the playoffs and see first hand how much work and preparation it takes to get here. This summer we need to get in the weight room and work on getting faster and stronger,"

The Cubs finished the season with a 5-6 overall record.

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