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Monmouth College renews historic rivalry with Knox

November 6, 2015

Photo provided by Dan Nolan.

Monmouth College’s storied rivalry against Knox College will reach 127 games on Saturday. The Prairie Fire will play host to the Fighting Scots as Monmouth hopes to hold onto the Bronze Turkey trophy for seventeenth year in a row. Tensions amongst fans of the two schools will be even higher than years past.

On other gridiron of football, the men’s soccer team upset the Prairie Fire and putting an end to their perfect conference record. Knox College’s fans stuck around to boo the Scots as the two teams were shaking hands after the match had ended.

A fan of the Prairie Fire soccer team ran in front of the Monmouth faithful with a Knox College flag and was met with hostility for his actions. A fan in support of the Scots tackled the flag carrier to the ground, which ignited a brawl between the two sides. No players from either college participated in the brawl.

Knox had not suffered a defeat against the men’s soccer in some time, which has helped alleviate their woes against the Scot in the realm of American football. The Scots have amassed a record of 66-50-10 over the course of the historic rivalry and have not lost to the Prairie fire in nearly two decades.

“We don’t worry about the opponent or the stats,” said Monmouth’s Head Coach Chad Braun. “We worry about Monmouth football and taking care of our business. We treat each week and opponent the same and when you do that, your team should be prepared for anyone. Knox has some talented kids.”

The storied rivalry is the sixth oldest college football rivalry across any level of NCAA football. The total amount of points scored in this affair will determine how many turkeys the two schools will donate to local food pantries. One food pantry from Galesburg and one from Monmouth will receive the turkeys from the presidents of the two institutions.

The Scots hope to donate a plethora of turkeys and continue their offensive onslaught. The Scots offense has averaged 35 points per game while keeping their opponents to a mere 12 points per game. The Prairie Fire have averaged 17 points per game on the offensive side of the ball, while their defense has allowed an average of 31 points per game.

“Knox does some things defensively that we typically don’t see,” said Braun. “We’ve had a great week of preparation, but anything can happen on Saturday. Our key is to focus on Monmouth and what we do, how we play and what we need to do to execute our game plan.”

The Scots will roll into town as the newly crowned Midwest Conference Southern Division champs and sporting an undefeated conference record. The Prairie Fire sport a 3-5 record on the season and have gone just 1-3 in conference play. Knox College is coming off a 59-13 beat down served up by Illinois College, who the Scots thrashed 35-7 on Homecoming.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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