Brawl comes down to final seconds
Cubs fall short in rivalry classic, 21-20
The Barry County Brawl came down to the final seconds of play in Cassville on Friday, with Monett scoring the go-ahead touchdown 1:13 to go, but Cassville answering with a winning score 53 seconds later to defeat the Cubs, 21-20.
Entering the final quarter, Monett (1-5) led 7-6. Cassville (2-4) took the lead with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:06 to go, and Monett knotted the score with a fourth-and-long handoff to Ethan Umfleet who completed a long pass to Drew Irvin, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run.
Monett then forced a Cassville punt and took over at the 40-yard line, moving the ball 20 yards then hitting a strike from Daven Madrid to Konner Poynter for a 40-yard touchdown to go up 20-14 after the missed PAT.
Cassville’s Jake Anthoynsz returned the kickoff to the Cubs’ 32, and the Wildcats used a couple passes to get to the 1 and let Anthonysz punch in the score. Cassville kicker Peter Littlefield had missed a 22-yard field goal and a point-after in the game, but he connected on the one that counted to give Cassville the win.
The first quarter was marked largely by possession changes. Cassville moved the ball to Monett’s 22 on its first drive but the Cubs held on downs.
Each team then punted twice before Monett’s offense got going. Taking the punt at their own 32, the Cubs strung together three first downs, two from Madrid and another from Umfleet to reach the Wildcats’ 29-yard line.
A third-down shot into the end zone was broken up, but a Madrid pass to Marcus Young to the 17 kept the drive alive.
The Cubs then churned their way to the 3, where Corbin McCully used a push of the line to open the scoring with 7:43 left in the opening half.
Cassville fired back quickly, with Anthonysz ripping off a 49-yard run. Cassville moved the ball to the 8, but the Cubs stood tall and the Wildcats’ field goal attempt went wide left to preserve the score.
After a Monett punt, Cassville had 28 seconds to work some magic. A 37-yard pass from Cutter Hicks to Hernan Hernandez put the Wildcats with striking distance, but the next three passes fell incomplete and a fourth was intercepted in the end zone as the second-quarter clock expired.
Cassville started the second half swinging, recovering an onside kick and seeing a 31-yard passing score wiped away for a hold. The Wildcats ultimately lost a fumble on the drive at the 19-yard line.
Monett was again forced to punt, and Cassville then put together a 50-yard scoring device capped with a 1-yard touchdown run. The point-after, however, sliced left to keep the Cubs ahead 7-6.
Monett returns home on Friday to host Lamar.