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Scots beat Knox for 17th straight year

November 13, 2015

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The 127th game of the 6th oldest rivalry in college football featured the Fighting Scots taking down the Prairie Fire of Knox College. Producing 35 points in the second and third quarters quickly redeemed a slow start for the Scots. The win on Saturday gave Monmouth College their 17th consecutive win against Knox on the gridiron.

On Monmouth’s first drive, quarterback Tanner Matlick found Adam Parr on an explosive 45-yard touchdown reception to be the first on the board.

“It’s hard to compete against a kid that has that type of speed,” said teammate Brock Thoms about Parr, “he is a very talented athlete.”

Knox quickly scored on their next possession to tie up the ballgame. The Scots never looked back after that as they put up two unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter featuring receiver Easton Schaber and a 1-yard touchdown run from Matlick.

The Scots kept up the momentum in the third quarter with three touchdowns from the offensive unit. Two touchdowns coming on the ground by freshman standout DeAndre Wright and an extraordinary one-handed touchdown catch from Brock Thoms. The Scots closed the game with a touchdown by Trent Rains in the fourth quarter ending the Turkey Bowl with a 49-7 victory.

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The defense gave up its lone touchdown of the in the first quarter, keeping the Prairie Fire out of the end zone for the rest of the game. Knox was held to only 247 yards of total offense, compared to the Scots 516 yards of offense. A big play for the defense came in the second quarter when defensive back Carson Pererro knocked the ball out of the hands of a Knox receiver, keeping the Prairie Fire out of the red zone.

“I had already made a couple of mistakes preceding that play,” said Pererro, “It was huge to keep them out of the red zone.”

Matt Barnes led the defensive attack with 10 total tackles. DJ Frank and AJ Mesik each landed six tackles in the game.

The Scots travel to De Pere, WI to take on undefeated St. Norbert for the Midwest Conference Championship.

“This week of practice is going to be huge. It’s all about controlling the controllable things,” said Pererro, “Offensively they like to run the ball so defensively we have to be gap sound and all will fall into place.”

The winner of the game will automatically qualify for the NCAA Division III playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

C.J. Gillen
Sports Contributor

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