Lady Luck favors Cubs over Irish

Friday, October 15, 2021
Ethan Umfleet breaks free for a long gain in the first half of the Cubsí match against Springfield Catholic on Friday. Jared Lankford/Special to The Monett Times†

Monett wins 24-17 overtime thriller on Senior Night

The Monett football team overcame a 3-point deficit in the final 75 seconds to force overtime and defeat Springfield Catholic, 24-17, on Friday night.

The Fightin' Irish (1-7) seemed to take the wind out of the Cubs' (2-6) sails with 1:15 when Brandon Ung plunged into the end zone from 8-yard out to give the visitors a 17-14 lead.

Konner Poynter collects a sack for the Cubs Friday against Springfield Catholic. Jared Lankford/Special to The Monett Times†

The Cubs took over at their own 30 and quickly faced a third-and-13.

Needing some magic, they received the mojo when confusion in the Irish secondary allowed Cubs senior Ethan Umfleet to get loose for a 56-yard gain moving the ball to the Catholic 17. However, the Cubs could only muster 6 more yards and sent sophomore kicker Erik Chavez on the field to attempt a 28-yard field goal.

Chavez, who had missed an extra point earlier in the contest, displayed the ability to have a short memory and drilled the kick with plenty of leg to spare with just 12 seconds left in regulation. Derrek Uhl, Monett coach, said he was proud of his kicker to display such moxie in a pressure situation.

The Cubs began overtime on offense and needed just five plays to cover the 25 yards as Konner Poynter found paydirt from two yards out.

The Irish lost a yard on first down, then the Cubs' defense, with senior Harrison Merriman, who finished the game with three sacks and practically lived in the Catholic backfield, forced three incompletions to secure the victory.

The Cubs, like the weather, got off to a chilly start in the first half with mental errors or turnovers stymieing every drive. Catholic took a 3-0 lead with a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter and then used a 28-yard interception returned for a touchdown with 1:32 left in the second quarter to take a 10-0 edge into halftime.

The second half was much kinder to the Purple and Gold.

Monett drove 66 yards in nine plays, with quarterback Daven Madrid calling his own number from 4 yards away to cut the score to 10-6.
The Cubs' defense got the ball back and Umfleet broke loose for a 49-yard jaunt to put the Cubs up 14-10 with 3:18 left in the third.

Both teams traded possessions until the Irish mounted their go-ahead scoring drive marching 63 yards in nine plays.
Monett concludes the regular season on Friday with a trip to Seneca. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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