Cubs falter in second half

Friday, August 31, 2018
Monett quarterback Karter Brink dives for the end zone to cap a 32-yard run for a touchdown during the Cubsí 31-23 loss to Marshfield on Friday. Scott Leach/Special to The Monett Times

After dominating the first 24 minutes of play, Monett could not sustain the momentum in the second half and fell to Marshfield on Friday, 31-23.

The Cubs (0-2) took a 23-13 edge into halftime thanks to a 37-yard field goal by freshman Ethan Umfleet with 0.9 seconds left.

The Blue Jays (2-0) opened the second half with an impressive 90-yard drive that chewed nearly 7 minutes off the clock and capped it with a Brock Utech 1-yard quarterback keeper touchdown run. The kick failed, but the score pulled Marshfield within 4 points at 23-19.

The game turned on the next drive, as Monett fumbled the ball away and Marshfield recovered at the Cubsí 27. Six plays later, the Blue Jays took their first lead, 25-23, with a Daylon Kanegeieter 2-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.

Monett would make it close, facing a fourth-and-2 from the Marshfield 8-yard line with 4:27 left in the game. The Cubs elected to go for it but bobbled the pitch and lost 7 yards on the play.

Utecht hit Truett Gardner in stride for a 79-yard touchdown with 2:45 left to provide the final 31-25.

The Cubs started the game red hot. Jamie Guinn silenced a toss on Monettís first play and weaved 80 yards to give the Cubs a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game.

Marshfield countered with a 44-yard pitch and catch touchdown from Utecht to Will Smith.

Two series later, Monett (1-1) embarked on an eight-play, 80-yard drive with quarterback Karter Brink calling his own number and covering the final 32-yards to elevate the score to 14-7 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

Guinn would add a 36-yard score to make it 20-7 with 10:51 left in the second quarter, but the Blue Jays countered with a 44-yard fumble recovery to close with in 20-13 with 8:13 left in the half.

Monett welcomes Cassville to town on Friday for the Barry County Brawl. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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