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Dominant play earns Scots lead in south division

October 30, 2015

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The Monmouth College football team traveled to Mount Vernon, IA this past weekend where they cruised to a 49-7 win against conference rival Cornell College. The Scots have impressively outscored their last four opponents 163-42, also taking down Beloit College, Illinois College and Lake Forrest during the run. They improved to 6-1 on the season and are in sole possession of the lead in the South Division of the Midwest Conference.

The Scots got underway Saturday with the only first quarter score on a 71-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tanner Matlick to Adam Parr midway through the first.

“We figured a big play would help open up the run game,” said wide receiver Easton Schaber, “Adam Parr’s TD was a big play, and really set the tone for the game.”

The offense quickly sped up the pace in the second quarter with three scores, the first one from Matlick to Connor Frakes. A couple possessions later, Matlick hooked up with Easton Schaber to extend the lead to 21-0. With 21 seconds remaining in the half, Yansay Williams capped off the explosive second quarter, catching Matlick’s fourth touchdown pass of the day.

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The offense continued its big presence in the second half, but this time with the running game. Three Scots’ running backs took it to the house including Tanner Shafer, DeAndre Wright, and Austin Ray. The balanced offensive attack finished the day with 526 yards of total offense, 282 yards passing and 244 yards rushing.

The Scots’ defense continued its streak of dominating performances as it held Cornell to just 25 total yards in the first half and only allowing one first down. The astounding play of the defense was persistent in the second half, only allowing 172 yards of total offense for Cornell, and one touchdown which came late in the fourth.

The defense forced three turnovers throughout the game and was led by freshman Thomas Lesniewski, who had one sack to go along with seven tackles. Ben Ketchum added another sack for the defense and also finished with six tackles.

“The great thing about our defense is we play for the guys around us,” said junior Matt Barnes, who also contributed six tackles in the win, “No one is out there for themselves and it’s hard for the opposing teams to get their offense going.”

The Scots will take on 2-5 Grinnell College at April Zorn Memorial Stadium this Saturday at 1 p.m.

C.J. Gillen
Sports Contributor

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