"We knew that Lamar was a physical team," said Monett coach Chad Depée. "We felt good about the first half of the game, but we couldn't make enough plays in the third and fourth quarters to get the win."
The Cubs received the ball to open the game and ran four plays before being forced to punt. The Cubs' defense swarmed Lamar and forced a punt after three plays.
Setting up shop at their 36-yard line, Lamar drove 64 yards in seven plays with quarterback Levi Peterson covering the last 36 yards for the touchdown.
Monett wouldn't back down and began its next possession on its 34. Hall ripped off a 43-yard run to open the drive followed by 9-yard gains by Kyle Woods and Blamey to give the Cubs a first and goal situation at the Lamar 4-yard line.
Lamar didn't wait long to respond.
A long return on the ensuing kickoff gave the Tigers tremendous field position at the Monett 49. Nine plays later, on a quarterback draw, Peterson rumbled 5 yards for the score with 7:43 left in the first half.
"We felt pretty good going into the break," said Depée. "We really felt that the game should have been tied. We thought we had an opportunity to come out in the second half and win."
The stats were in Monett's favor in the first half. The Cubs outgained the Tigers 150 yards to 118.
Any chance for a Monett upset hinged on a strong start to the second half. The strong start never materialized.
Lamar took the opening drive of the third period and covered 70 yards in three plays.
Running back Jared Beshore, who had been limited by the Cubs' defense in the first half, found room to run and rumble 54 yards to give the Tigers a 21-6 lead at the 10:57 mark of the third quarter.
Monett couldn't muster a first down and punted after three plays.
Lamar drove to the Monett 16 before the Cubs' defense stiffened and forced the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs at the 29-yard line.
The positive step forward by the Monett defense was met by two steps backwards by the Cubs' offense
Two plays after holding the Tigers, Monett fumbled the ball back to the Tigers at midfield. The Tigers would not be denied as Lamar scored in four plays, with Beshore finding pay dirt from 6 yards out to lift the Tigers to a 28-6 lead with 4:40 left in the third.
The Cubs tried to score quickly on their next drive, but disaster struck when Woods' pass was intercepted and returned to the 1-yard line. Two plays later the Tigers led 35-6 with 4:18 left in the third.
"Turnovers really took the wind out of our sails," said Depée. "Lamar is a team that thrives on making their opponents commit mistakes and then capitalizing."
Lamar added another score in the fourth quarter to start the running clock and complete the scoring.
After gaining 150 yards of offense in the first half, Monett was held to a total of 20 yards of offense in the second half.
The Cubs accumulated seven first downs and Hall rushed for 113 yards on 22 carries.
Lamar rushed for 351 yards and had 382 total yards of offense in the game.
Peterson finished with 79 yards rushing on 22 carries and Beshore recorded 114 yards on 11 carries.
The Tigers collected 16 first downs.
"We have got to get better," said Depée. "Seneca comes to town next week and we have got to be ready."
Monett hosts the Indians at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct 12.