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Scots win thriller in fourth quarter

October 2, 2015

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier / Senior Tanner Shafer evades would-be tacklers

The Fighting Scots got back on track Saturday in their 22-16 win at home against Carroll University. The Scots roared back from down 16 in the 3rd quarter behind a strong defensive performance and the offensive one-two punch of quarterback Tanner Matlick and wide receiver, Adam Parr.

The Scots defense held Carroll to only nine first-half points and played a pivotal role in giving the Scots offense a chance to make a comeback.

“Our defense played outstanding all day,” said Quarterback Tanner Matlick. “They kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win it at the end.”

Down 16 points with 5:15 left in the third quarter, Matlick punched the ball in from the one-yard line, giving the Scots their first points of the ballgame.

The Scots completed the two-point conversion cutting Carroll’s lead to only eight points.

With less than two minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Matlick found Parr for a 77-yard strike to bring the Scots within two. The two-point conversion failed, but the home team had the momentum heading into the final quarter.

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier / Senior A.J. Mesik in pursuit of a Carrol College runningback

Early in the fourth quarter, on the Monmouth College 13 yard line, it was looking like Carroll would build on its lead when A.J. Mesick intercepted the pass on the goal line; stopping Carroll in its tracks.

As the defense continued to get big stops in the 4th quarter, the Scots offense got one more chance to win the game with 1:53 remaining in the game, down two. From the Carroll 40 yard line, it was Matlick and Parr connecting again for a 40-yard game-winning pass to take the Scots to 2-1 on the season.

Mattlick finished the game with 320 yards and two touchdowns while Adam Parr had 117 yards and two touchdowns for the offense. Matt Barnes led the defense with a game-high 15 total tackles.

“As a defense we are getting there. We still have a lot of room to get better and we haven’t played our best game yet,” said junior linebacker Matt Barnes.” The great thing about our defense is we play for the guys around us. No one is out there for themselves.”

Monmouth College will return to action again this Saturday as they travel to Beloit, Wisconsin. The Scots will take on the Buccaneers at 1 P.M. in their second conference game.

Connor Gillen
Sports Contributor

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