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Scots rout Lawrence in offensive clinic

October 26, 2012

After four more scores, Yocum one touchdown shy of Monmouth record

The Fighting Scots offense came out in impressive fashion, exploding for 600 yards of offense in route to a 56-28 victory over Lawrence University in the muddy Banta Bowl.

The Fighting Scots scored on their first possession when a Trey Yocum 7-yard score capped a 10 play, 80 yard drive. The Vikings (1-6) responded, scoring on a 17-yard pass from Tyler Mazur to Luke Barthelmess with 3:36 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7. Then the Monmouth offense really came alive. The Scots scored on Wedekind passes to Garrett Youngren and C.J. Shields as well as Trey Yocum runs of two and five yards to take a commanding 35-7 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Lawrence offense showed some life. The Vikings scored 21 points in the half, but not enough to cover the damage Monmouth had inflicted in the first half. After senior James Lauber scored from nine yards out to open the third quarter, the Scots never looked back. Monmouth’s offensive line were the unsung heroes of the afternoon, paving the way for 600 yards of offense, 444 of those behind the big boys up front.

Sophomore offensive tackle Kyle Vestal stated, “We (the offensive line) stepped it up this week and dominated the line of scrimmage,” said Vestal. “We put hat on hat and allowed our running backs to find holes.”

Quarterback Brik Wedekind also added to the offensive show by passing for 156 yards and two scores through the air, easing the burden on his defense.

“Our whole offense clicked on all cylinders and executed very well all day,” said linebacker Narvie Cooper.

Trey Yocum was the leading rusher on the day, gaining 186 yards on the ground, scoring four times. Yocum’s four scores bring him to within one touchdown of former teammate Mike Blodgett’s Monmouth College record of 43 career touchdowns. This performance also brought Yocum ever closer to the 1,000 yard mark, putting him only 82 yards away from the milestone.

The Fighting Scots will host the Blueboys of Illinois College next week in a crucial Midwest Conference matchup.

When asked how the team would prepare for the Blueboys, Vestal said, “We prepare equally for every game, but this week requires more focus and energy. Illinois College is a good team and we need to be even more prepared to play them on Saturday.”

Monmouth handed Illinois College their only regular season loss last season when the Scots pounded them 55 to 14. The Blueboys enter the game with only one conference loss, at the hands of Lake Forest. The Scots will host the Blueboys at 1 P.M. Saturday afternoon.

Logan Bowman
Contributing Writer

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