Cubs finally solve Lamar
Monett takes advantage of Tigersí mistakes
After nearly a decade of attempts, the Monett football team finally solved Lamar and the riddle of its spinner offense with a resounding 28-7 victory on Friday.
The Cubsí offensive and defensive lines drove the Tigers crazy and forced three fumbles, with Monett recovering two, and an interception.
Leading 10-7 at halftime, both teams exchanged fumbles on initial drives. The Cubs then got on track and drove to the Lamar 21 before being stopped. Aleks Salas salvaged points out of the drive, nailing a 43-yard field goal.
Lamar was forced to punt on its next drive, but the Tigersí punter shanked the ball out of play only 11 yards from the line, setting Monett up at the Lamar 41.
Monett drove the 41 yards in nine plays. The key play was a fourth-and-13.
Ethan Umfleet, Monettís punter, dropped the ball and picked it up. He then rambled 15 yards for a first down, and five plays later, Kater Brink made the score 20-7.
Junior Cavasos ended the Tigersí next drive with an interception. Brandon Majors capped Monettís ensuing drive with a 2-yard run, and Jamie Guinn provided a 2-point scoring run.
Monett opened with an impressive drive, moving from the Cubs 19 to the Tigers 35 before a fumbled end the threat.
Lamar countered with a 12-play, 65-yard movement that ended with a Wyatt Hull 16-yard scoring run on a reverse.
Monett went right back down the field, advancing to the Tigersí 13 before being held on downs, but the Cubsí defense stepped up and force a Tigers punts.
Monett took over at its own 48 and went 52 yards in just four plays, with Ethan Umfleet taking a Karter Brink swing pass 8 yards to the house to tie the score 7-7 with 5:05 left in the half.
On the Tigersí next drive, they fumbled the ball, and Monettís Junior Villata plopped on it at the Tiger 18.
The Cubs only gained three yards on the next three plays, but Salas bailed the team out with a 32-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead with 2:42 left in the second.
Lamar drove to the Cubsí 7 but missed a 26-yard field goal before intermission. Monett hosts Logan-Rogersville on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.