Six turnovers (four fumbles and two interceptions) told the story of East Newton’s 51-0 loss to Monett Friday night at Burl Fowler Stadium.
The Patriots (0-2, 0-2) struggled against the Cubs (2-0, 2-0) pressure and had difficulty trying to find any type of positive game flow.
East Newton received to start the game and picked up an initial first down before being forced to punt. The Patriot defense held Monett to a three-and-out and got the ball back at their 6-yard line, before fumbling it away two plays later to set up the Cubs’ first score and a 6-0 lead.
“I like how we matched up those first two drives,” Seth Johnson, East Newton coach, said. “Then we made a mistake and it began to spiral out of control from there. Monett is a good team and you can’t afford to give them great field position.”
The Cubs brought pressure from everywhere to disrupt the timing of the Patriot offense.
A botched snap on a punt led to Monett’s second score, a 28-yard field goal and then East Newton’s sophomore quarterback, Chance Liveoak was sacked and lost the ball. The ensuing Cubs’ drive put the home team up 16-0.
An 88-yard touchdown catch by Monett to end the first half and a kickoff return for another score to start the second half took the wind our of East Newton’s sails.
“We’ve got to get better and keep from putting ourselves in a big hole to climb out of,” Johnson said. “We still have some work to do in practice.”
Monett started five of its first seven drives in East Newton territory.
The red, white and blue finished the game with just 47 yards of total offense. They gained 4 yards on the ground on 38 attempts with Liveoak throwing for 43 yards.
Monett finished with 216 yards of offense (128 rushing and 88 yards passing).
“We can’t let up. We’ve got to keep our heads up and go back to work,” Johnson said.
“We have a bunch of players that have won just one game in three years. Starting Monday, we have got to prepare just like we have for every other game and get ready when the lights come on next week.”
East Newton returns home to Don Johnston Stadium on Friday to face Diamond (1-1), who fell 47-19 to Sarcoxie. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.