MONETT — The Monett Cubs hit the East Newton Patriots hard early on and continued their dominance all the way for a 47-0 Homecoming victory Friday night at Burl Fowler Stadium.
The Patriots did not earn a first down until the fourth quarter and they were limited to a meager six yards in the first 24 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Cubs generated a series of big plays, especially in a first half where they produced a 27-0 halftime advantage.
Brandon Majors’ 57-yard run highlighted Monett’s first drive, which Ethan Umfleet capped off with a 4-yard TD run.
Karter Brink and Umfleet connected on a 20-yard TD pass and Jamie Guinn’s 66-yard TD run wrapped up a 20-0 first quarter.
Guinn’s 19-yard TD run finished off Monett’s scoring in the first half.
Guinn, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior running back, was not finished though until he punched in his third TD run of the night with a 55-yard run. On his three TD runs alone, Guinn gained 140 yards.
Brink scored on a 1-yard run and Dru Guinn’s 6-yard run closed out the scoring.
Monett improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 Big 8 West, and the Cubs own a four-game winning streak with McDonald County (2-5) coming up in Week 8. The Mustangs took a 49-28 loss Friday night to Big 8 West foe Lamar.
East Newton, meanwhile, dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-4 Big 8 West. The Patriots play their Big 8 West finale in Week 8 against Newton County rival Seneca and the Indians will be especially fired up after coming off consecutive home losses against Monett and Mount Vernon.
Despite a 47-point loss in Week 7, East Newton moved up one spot to No. 4 in the Class 2, District 3 standings with 29.38 points. Unbeaten Ava remains on top of this district and it’s not even close with nearly a 15-point lead for the Bears over No. 2 Liberty (Mountain View). Ava stayed unbeaten with a 12-6 overtime victory over Thayer on Friday night, Thayer’s first loss of the season.
The Patriots do have an advantage over the other teams in their district by playing a predominantly Class 3 schedule (plus Class 4 McDonald County).