On Friday, Monett (3-1) handed East Newton (0-4) a 42-14 loss on Monetts Homecoming night.
"A win is a win," said Monett coach Chad Depée. "The game wasn't as clean as we would have liked, but it still counts."
East Newton also had a first, scoring on its first play from scrimmage.
Patriots' quarterback Rocky Liveoak rolled out on a play action fake and found Brandon Abbott wide-open for an 80-yard touchdown strike 14 seconds into the game. The extra point made it 7-0 East Newton.
The Patriots moved the ball on their second drive advancing from their 38-yard line to the Monett 23, but the Cubs defense stiffened and held the Patriots on down.
The Cubs used their size advantage and pounded the ball on the ground. A 10 play, 77-yard drive culminated in Hall burrowing into pay dirt from 13 yards out. Zack Swearingen added the two-point conversion to give the Cubs a 14-7 lead.
The Cubs third series began at the 30-yard line. On first down, Kurran Blamey appeared to score on a 70-yard run, but a personal foul penalty brought the big play back.
However, three plays later Swearingen ignited the fans with a 67-yard touchdown run that gave Monett a 21-7 lead.
Blamey extended the lead to 28-7 on Monett's next possession with a 60-yard touchdown run with 3:12 left in the first half.
East Newton would use a bit of trickery on the ensuing possession. Facing a fourth and long, the Patriots lined to punt the ball back to Monett, instead of kicking the ball, Liveoak ran around the right side of the Cubs line and 60 yards later, cut the deficit to 28-14.
"We were frustrated with ourselves at halftime," said Depée. "We had two mental lapses in the first half and it cost us. East Newton is a good squad. They fought hard and made us earn everything. We told the boys that we were going to have to tighten up in the second half."
The Cubs dominated both sides of the ball in the third and fourth quarters. East Newton was held to 39 yards rushing and 22 yards passing after halftime.
The Patriots were forced to punt on their first possession of the third quarter. A bad snap from the long snapper resulted in a poor kick from Liveoak and great field position for the Cubs at the Patriot 19-yard line.
Monett wasted little time capitalizing.
On second down, quarterback Kyle Woods rolled to his left and found a wide-open Cooper Caldwell in the back of the end zone for an 18-yard strike. The extra point lifted Monett to a 35-14 lead.
East Newton's offense sputtered on its next series and turned the ball over on downs.
Blamey provided the final highlight of the evening with a 60-yard touchdown catch and run on first down to finalize the scoring.
"We are happy with the win, but we know there a ton of things we need to do better," said Depée. "It's nice to hit big plays, but we had too many penalties. We still have work to do."
The Cubs, in uncharacteristic fashion were penalized 12 times for 100 yards.
"That's Monett beating Monett when we are flagged," said Depée. "When we study the film of this game we'll address the issues."
Monett racked up 459 total yards of offense, 340 yards rushing and 119 yard passing.
Hall ran for 136 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Blamey rushed for 82 yards, caught three passes for 71 yards and scored three touchdowns. Zack Swearingen racked up 83 yards rushing and a score. Quarterback Kyle Woods completed seven of his nine passing attempts for 119 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The Cubs racked up 22 first downs.
Liveoak rushed 10 times for 83 yards and a score and Abbott caught three passes for 103 yards and a score.
East Newton finished the game with 240 yards of offense, 137 yards rushing and 103 yards passing.
Around the Big 8 Conference, Cassville scored a late touchdown to trip Seneca 18-14. Lamar rebounded from two consecutive conference losses to defeat Mt. Vernon 28-6 and the upset of the evening belonged to Carl Junction as the Bulldogs downed the Aurora Houn' Dawgs 45-22.
Monett travels to Aurora on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.