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Football drops home opener in OT

September 18, 2015

Michelle Ravell - The Courier / Senior Kicker Danny Muzzalupo boots a kickoff following a Scots touchdown drive. Muzzalupo went 1-2 while making both of his extra point attempts.

In Monmouth’s second game, Scots took on Central College for their home opener. Despite a hard fought game, the Dutchman came back to steal the victory from the Scots 23-17 in overtime.

Central was able to score the first touchdown of this game in the second quarter to give Central a 7-3 lead at halftime. Monmouth spent the first half struggling to score aside from Danny Muzzalupo’s 39 yard field goal in the second quarter. Tanner Matlick put Monmouth College ahead with a one yard run in the third quarter to end the third with a 10-7 Scot’s lead.

Deep into the fourth quarter, Central College quarterback Zack Martinelli threw a 99 yard touchdown that gave the Dutchman a lead of 14-10. With 1:15 left in the fourth quarter Monmouth College answered back as Easton Schaber caught an 18 touchdown yard pass from Matlick to give Monmouth the 17-14 lead.

The Scots then turned the game over to their defense to hold the Dutchman in last minute of the game. Despite a strong showing from the Monmouth defense, Central College pushed downfield to put themselves in Field Goal range. In the last seconds of the game, Central’s kicker made a field goal to put this game into overtime.

The Scots began overtime with possession of the ball. After failing to achieve the first down on their first three attempts, the Scots turned to Matlick’s arm on fourth down. Central College DB Zach Matter intercepted Matlick’s pass to end the Scots threat.

The Dutchman turned to running back Adam Lindell in their overtime possessions. Matter scored the final touchdown in overtime on a two yard rush to put Central over Monmouth. The Central College running back wound up touching the ball on five of the seven plays the Dutchman ran.

Michelle Ravel - The Courier / Senior Tight End Brodie Welker helps pump up the crowd. The senior has started both contests for the Scots so far this year and has two catches for a total of ten yards.

Monmouth College will take this weekend off to make their adjustments. With a 1-1 record, Coach Braun’s team will look to stay optimistic going into their first conference game of the year.

The Scots will return again at home on Saturday, September 25 to take on the Carroll Pioneers. The game will be at April Zorn Memorial Stadium at 1 P.M.

Kyle Ward
Contributing Writer

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