Monmouth retains Bronze Turkey
November 22, 2013
Monmouth and Knox have been battling on the gridiron since before helmets were a required part of the uniform, even long before the Fighting Scots and Prairie Fire were the school’s mascots. The 125th meeting took place last Saturday, in front of a large crowd who braved rain and wind to take in a tradition unlike any other in Midwest Conference Football.
The Scots got off to a quick start at the Knosher Bowl. On their first drive, they marched 75 yards in nine plays, culminating in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Matlick to Austin Peterson. After a quick defensive stop, the offense was rolling again as they went 80 yards in eight plays. Running back Trey Yocum accounted for 46 of those yards including a 21-yard scamper for a touchdown with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter to get Monmouth a 14-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Matlick connected with Stefan Flynn for a four yard touchdown pass. The score would stay at 21-0 going into halftime thanks to the Scots defense forcing a turnover. Tremendous pressure by the defensive line forced an errant throw that junior defensive back Jacob Wilson intercepted in the red zone.
The second half started just like the first ended. A defensive three-and-out gave the offense the ball and Trey Yocum did what he’s done best for four years at Monmouth. Midway through the third quarter, a 50-yard rushing touchdown by Yocum gave the Scots a four score cushion. On the next possession, the Scots drove all the way to the nine yard line but had to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Ace Henricks.
Senior Brik Wedekind hooked up with fellow senior Austin Peterson from six yards out to finish the scoring on the day. Almost every player for Monmouth saw the field in waning minutes and the Scots were able to perform one of their most held traditions, which they call “Senior Victory”.
All the seniors who are playing in their last game in a Monmouth uniform came onto the field at the same time to kneel down the ball leaving the program the way they came in, together. The 37-10 win marked the 15th straight time Monmouth has brought the vaunted Bronze Turkey home.
Trey Yocum finished the day with 257 yards, which ran his season total to 1,590 yards, breaking the single season record yards record at Monmouth.