Cubs slow, but can't stop No. 4 Indians

Friday, October 6, 2017
Monett junior running back Patrick Valentine attempts to get around a Seneca defender during the first half of the Cubs’ Senior Night game Friday night.
Jacob Brower jbrower@monett-times.com

Monett drops 6th straight contest

For a half, Monett (2-6, 0-6) gave No. 4 Seneca (8-0, 6-0) all they could handle, but ultimately fell 28-7 Friday on Senior Night.

The Cubs were able to limit the Indians, giving up one big-play score late — a 78-yard touchdown pass to Monty Mailes.

Monett sophomore defensive back Jr Cavazos attempts to bring down Seneca running back Trey Wilson during the first half of the Cubs’ Senior Night game Friday.
Jacob Brower jbrower@monett-times.com

Nursing a 7-point advantage, Seneca took the opening drive of the third quarter and moved 60 yards in eight plays, overcoming two false start penalties.

Quarterback Gavin Clouse rumbled the final 22 yards to make the score 14-0 with 8:00 left in the period.

Monett countered with a 15-play, 67-yard drive that took 7:23. Patrick Valentine cut the lead in half with a 2-yard plunge with 7:55 left in the game.

The Indians responded with a four play, 55 yard drive to reclaim a 21-7 edge and seal the victory with Clouse's third score of the game.

Monett won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. 
Beginning at the Seneca 30, the Cubs revealed their strategy to grind away at the undefeated foes. Monett methodically drove down the field and chewed up 7:40 of the first quarter clock before being held on downs.

Monett's defense bent, but did not break on the Indians’ initial drive, stopping Seneca with a J.R. Cavazos interception. The Cubs chewed more time off the clock before being forced to punt.

William Murphy unloaded a 61-yard kick that backed the guests up to the 12.

Seneca then proceeded to march 88 yards in 6:50 and took a 7-0 lead on a Clouse 1-yard keeper with 2:05 left in the first half.

Monett looks to find the winning touch again on Friday as they conclude the regular season on the road at East Newton. Kickoff in Granby is slated for 7 p.m.

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