The Bronze Turkey stays home
November 16, 2012
Justin Frye / The Courier - Senior tight end Garrett Youngren finished his Monmouth career with a flourish, scoring three consecutive second quarter touchdowns.
Monmouth College football battled to its 14th consecutive Turkey Bowl victory on Saturday, defeating Knox 49-35. Seventeen seniors and their families were recognized before the game, including parents of the late Tommy Hoerr, who received a standing ovation.
“This win was a great way to send off our seniors who have put in so much time and work for this team,” said head coach Steve Bell.
Knox came out fast in the first quarter, going up 7-0 on a quick score from running back Derek Mortensen. Monmouth quarterback Brik Wedekind doused the Prairie Fire’s quick start with a one-yard quarterback sneak midway through the first quarter.
Another score from both sides caused controversy for Monmouth. Mortensen of the Prairie Fire scored with a twenty-five-yard run, but Wedekind returned with another quarterback sneak to begin the second quarter. However, the Scots were unable to score the extra point, giving Knox a 14-13 edge.
This intense battle kept the crowd engaged for all sixty minutes of the game. Later in the second, momentum shifted when Garrett Youngren went for a deep pass and a Knox player was called for pass interference. This play changed the atmosphere for the Knox fans and players.
Justin Frye / The Courier - The family of the late Tommy Hoerr was honored as part of Senior Day.
“It’s pretty hard to guard Youngren being a tall, built kid and it was a game changer,” said Bell.
After that game changing play, Monmouth’s Michael Buehne opened the fourth quarter with a twenty-two-yard touchdown. A two- point conversion play was completed after the touchdown, giving Monmouth a 42-35 lead with twelve minutes to go. The Scots followed by stopping Knox on fourth down, then scoring two minutes later on James Lauber’s eleven-yard run .
Any hopes of a Knox comeback were dashed when Monmouth’s Ryan Flannigan intercepted a Knox pass with less than four minutes to go. Wedekind’s series was then cut short when he was intercepted on second down. Flannigan then retaliated with his second consecutive interception and sealed the game for the Scots, who ran out the clock for a 49-35 triumph.
Senior Jake Willis honored his late friend and teammate Tommy Hoerr by entering the field wearing Hoerr’s jersey for the final couple of plays.
“This year was a great year to work and learn from our wins and losses and what we need to work on during the off season, “ said Wedekind. “This win was a great way to send off our senior players on their last game here.”
Coach Steve Bell was complimentary as well. “Our seniors really helped to motivate the new and returning players during not only this game but during the whole season and this was instilled on day one of training camp,” said Bell.
“Brik really showed a big progression throughout this year and is a much better quarterback compared to the beginning of the season. This win will keep our current players motivated for some time, but winter workouts and spring football are right around the corner and we will have to be back at the grind and work on becoming better for next season.”
The Fighting Scots ended their season with a 5-5 record, finishing tied for 5th in the Midwest Conference.