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Hot Start Propels Scots To Victory

October 9, 2015

Anthony Matozzi / The Courier

The Monmouth College Fighting Scots won their second road game of the season Saturday in an outing against Beloit College. The Scots offense routed Beloit for 41 points while the Scots defense held them to 21 points, also adding an impressive three picks in the second half.

The Scots offense got off to a quick jump, scoring on their first three drives to go ahead 17-0 early in the second quarter.

“I think the key to Saturday’s win was the offense coming out early and putting some points on the board,” said junior defensive back Nyle Stevens, “It’s a lot easier to get rolling when you have momentum on your side and you’re playing from ahead.”

The Scots extended their lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass by Tanner Matlick to Brock Thoms with 35 seconds remaining in the half. Beloit answered with a 41-yard play with the drive resulting in a touchdown right before the half.

While the Scots offense continued to roll in the second half, the defense followed it up with three interceptions. With 1:35 left in the third quarter, Beloit’s offense had the ball 1st and goal when Nyle Stevens out jumped a Beloit receiver in the end zone, coming down with the ball.

The next Beloit drive was again picked off; this time senior defensive back Carson Perrero, ending up with the football. As Beloit was trying to build a comeback late in the fourth, it was Stevens again with another take away, crushing Beloit’s comeback hopes. Beloit scored with a couple minutes left but was not enough as the Scots improved to 3-1 on the season.

Anthony Matozzi / The Courier

Quarterback Tanner Matlick finished the game 12 for 21 with 180 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Leading the rushing attack was Tanner Shafer, finishing with a career high 111 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

The Scots will battle Illinois College this Saturday in Monmouth’s homecoming game. Illinois College comes into the game with a record of 1-3 this year.

“I think we understand how big of a game this is for us,” said senior running back Tanner Shafer. “The seniors have not beaten IC since we have been here and I know everyone has a little chip on their shoulder going into this game.”

Monmouth rushers have now combined for 792 yards on 193 attempts. Matlicks performance brought his overall effiency as a quarterback to 126.57.

The Scots will take on conference rival Illinois College on Saturday for the Homecoming game. Game time is at 1:00 p.m. at April Zorn Memorial Stadium.

C.J. Gillen
Sports Contributor

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