Cubs grind out win over Wildcats

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Valentine scores three times to keep Cubs undefeated

Monett sophomore lineman Wesley Merriman celebrates after recovering a bad snap on a punt attempt during the first half of the Cubsí 28-0 victory in their home opener over Logan-Rogersville Friday night.
Jacob Brower

In a defensive battle, the No. 8 Monett (2-0) football team found a way to grit out a 28-6 win over Logan-Rogersville (1-1) on Friday.

Clinging to a precarious 7-0 lead with 2:23 left in the third, the Cubs took over at their own 12. William Murphy took the handoff, picked up a nice block from Cody Thompson, and rumbled 67 yards.†

Two plays later, Patrick Valentine rumbled into the end zone to give the Purple and Gold needed breathing room.

That score seemed to relax the offense. Monett took its next possession and promptly marched 74 yards and capped the drive with a 9-yard run from Darian McCracken to increase the advantage to 21-0 with 8:28 left in the game.

Valentine then put icing on the cake with his third score of the game with 5:17 left in regulation to lift the teamís advantage to 28-0.

Monett senior running back Angel Rabadan breaks free for a long run during the second quarter of the Cubsí 28-0 victory over Logan-Rogersville Friday night.
Jacob Brower

The Cubs opened the scoring in impressive fashion. After forcing a Wildcats punt, Monett took over at the 2-yard line.

Gaining an initial first down, Monett moved the ball out to the 12 when Thompson hauled in a 77-yard catch to move the chains to the 8. On the next play, Valentine rumbled the needed distance to put the Cubs on top 7-0 with 6:52 left in the first.

The Cubsí offense missed a couple of opportunities to score in the first half. The biggest came on their fourth possession when they drove to the Wildcats 16, but were held on downs.

Monettís defense was stellar all game, recording three sacks, seven tackles for loss and held the Wildcats on downs and recorded a fumble recovery.

The Cubs open Big 8 Conference play on Friday as they welcome the Mountaineers of Mt. Vernon to Burl Fowler Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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