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Blamey's four touchdowns carry Cubs

Monday, October 22, 2012

Human pinball. Monett's Aaron Hall bounces off a would-be Carl Junction tackler during the Cubs 32-7 victory over the Bulldogs on Oct. 19. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
Monett senior athlete Kurran Balmey found pay dirt four times to help the Cubs' football team (6-3, 4-3) earn a 32-7 victory over the Carl Junction Bulldogs (3-6, 3-4) on Oct. 19.

Blamey scored two touchdowns rushing, caught a pass for a touchdown, returned an interception for a score and he could have had more.

On the second play of the game, Blamey dropped and interception that would have been returned for a touchdown. Blamey also had a touchdown erased by a holding penalty before halftime.

Pre-snap read. Monett center Jimmy Ramirez prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Kyle Woods during the Cubs' win over Carl Junction. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
"He's blessed with a tremendous amount of speed," said Monett coach Chad Depée. "He is playing with a great amount of confidence and he plays hard."

The Cubs' defense played with intensity, only giving up 158 total yards of offense 89 yards passing and 69 yards of rushing. In the second half, the stingy defense only yielded 5 yards of rushing.

The Cubs offense rolled up 367 total yards of offense 273 yards coming on the ground and 94 yards in the air.

Going down. The Monett Cubs defense played tough against the Carl Junction Bulldogs on Oct. 20. Reese Bounous, at right, and Grant Oganesyan converge to stop Carl Junction's Matt Magee for a short gain. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
The Cubs defense forced a three-and-out on the Bulldogs' first drive of the game, forcing a punt.

On the punt attempt, Matt Murphy came screaming in from the left side of the line to block the kick and give the Cubs excellent field position.

Monett set up shop on 28-yard line. Six plays later. Blamey raced 15 yards around the right side of the offensive line to score. Blamey added the two-point conversion to lift Monett to an 8-0 lead with 10:58 left in the first period.

Going the other way. Kurran Blamey leaps high into the air to secure an interception during the fourth quarter of the Cubs' win over Carl Junction. Blamey scored four touchdowns on the evening. [Times Photo by Melissa Leech]
Carl Junction picked up a first down on its next series but was still forced to punt after four plays.

The Cubs set up shop on their 21-yard line. On a play similar to the first Monett score, Blamey raced 79-yards around the right side of the Cubs' line to lift Monett to a 14-0 lead with 5:18 left in the first stanza.

On the next two possessions by Carl Junction, the Bulldogs punted and missed a 45-yard field goal with 8:25 left in the second period.

Two Monett drives ended with a turnover on downs deep in the Bulldogs' territory.

With 3:45 left in the second period, Carl Junction mounted its only scoring drive. Starting at the 45-yard line, the Bulldogs moved 55 yards in four plays with quarterback Dustin Satterlee plowing in from a yard out to cut the Monett lead to 14-7 with 2:25 left in the first half.

It took Monett 16 seconds to restore a two-score advantage.

After the kickoff rolled out-of-bounds, Cubs' quarterback Kyle Woods threw a screen pass to Blamey on the first play on the ensuing drive. Blamey did the rest, weaving 65 yards for the score. Aaron Hall added the two-point conversion to lift Monett to a 22-7 lead.

With 42 seconds left in the half, Carl Junction began their final drive at their 36-yard line.

Instead of taking a knee to kill the clock and start the intermission, the Bulldogs took to the air.

Three plays later, Satterlee floated a pass down field that was intercepted by Wes Abramovitz. Abramovitz returned the ball 48 yards to the 12-yard line with 1.4 second left in the half.

Monett scored an apparent touchdown on the next play, running a reverse to Blamey who raced untouched into the end zone. However, a holding penalty nullified the touchdown.

Monett ran Aaron Aldrich onto the field to kick a 29-yard field goal and give the Cubs a 25-7 lead at halftime.

"Aaron has a big leg," said Depée. "I was proud of him. He needed that kick to help his confidence level.

The second half saw the Cubs take total control of the game.

On offense, Monett ran 20 plays on their first two drives of the second half, to strip 10 minutes and 32 seconds off the clock. Each drive ended deep in Bulldogs territory.

Carl Junction was harassed by the Cubs defense and was forced to punt three times in its first 12 plays of the second half.

Abandoning the run altogether, Carl Junction, with 6:28 left in the game set up shop at the 12-yard line.

On the second play, Satterlee lofted a pass to the right sideline that fell into the hands of a leaping Blamey, who returned it 28 yards for the final score. Aldrich toed the extra point to provide the final margin of victory.

"We have relied on our defense all season," said Depée. "Tonight, they hung tough and only allowed one score. I'll take that every time."

Woods finished the game completing three of his five passing attempts for 94 yards.

Nicky Roberts caught a pass for 13 yards. Grant Oganesyan hauled in a pass for 16 yards. Blamey had one catch for 65 yards.

Hall rushed for 76 yards on 27 carries for Monett. Blamey picked up 136 yards on 11 carries, and Murphy earned 39 yards on four totes of the pigskin.

The Cubs racked up 14 first downs, but had 10 penalties for 91 yards.

"Penalties have plagued us all season," said Depée. "They took away at least one touchdown tonight and stalled three other drives. We will have to improve as we prepare for the playoffs."

District playoffs

With the conclusion of the regular season, the district playoff seeds are set. They are as follows.

2Reeds Spring40.62
5Mt. Vernon35.38
8East Newton15.15

The first round district playoff matchups to be played on Thursday, Oct. 25, are as follows.

* East Newton at Cassville

* Hollister at Reeds Spring

* Aurora at Monett

* Mt. Vernon at Seneca

All games are set to kick off at 7 p.m.

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