GRANBY — The East Newton Patriots were hanging tough with Class 3 state-ranked Monett in the second quarter Friday when one play changed everything.

GRANBY — The East Newton Patriots were hanging tough with Class 3 state-ranked Monett in the second quarter Friday when one play changed everything.

The Cubs led East Newton 7-0 past the midway point of the second quarter and Monett’s Cameron Witt went back to punt at his own 39-yard line.

That’s when Monett dialed up a trick play and Witt broke a 61-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead en route to a 21-0 halftime lead and 42-0 final score Friday night at Don Johnston Stadium.

Only 26 seconds after Witt’s fake punt derring-do, the Cubs built their 21-0 lead on a 28-yard pass from Ian Meyer to Jonah Paszek. The Cubs capitalized off a costly East Newton turnover.

Witt scored three touchdowns on the night — including one 32 yards on an end-around — and Michael Branch joined in on the act with a 1-yard run late in the third quarter for a 35-0 lead.

Monett’s Brody Crawford closed out the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown reception at the 7:29 mark of the fourth.

East Newton (0-2, 0-2 Big 8) steps out of conference play next Friday with a road game against Diamond (1-1).

Monett (2-0, 2-0) plays its home opener against four-time defending Class 2 state champion Lamar (2-0, 2-0). The Tigers rolled Seneca 56-6 on Friday.

MONETT 42, EAST NEWTON 0
MON                       7 14 14 7 — 42
EN                       0   0  0 0 —   0