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Green Knights halt Scots playoff berth

November 20, 2015

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The Scot’s season came to an end Saturday in a hard fought, defensive battle against St. Norbert for the Midwest Conference Championship. The low-scoring game had St. Norbert prevailing in the end by a score of 16-7.

A slow start was the story for both teams as they both were unable to put up any points in the first quarter. A missed field goal by Danny Muzzalupo, kept the Scots from taking the lead in the first.

In the second, the Scots were driving deep into St. Norbert territory when quarterback Tanner Matlick was sacked and then fumbled, ending the 12-play drive. St. Norbert snuck in a field goal in the second, entering halftime up three.

“Our mindset was that we were confident we were going to get the job done,” said linebacker Matt Barnes. “We had this edge to us that we were going to come out in the second half and take it to them.”

The Scots’ first possession of the second half concluded with a missed field goal, keeping the Scots scoreless. The rest of the quarter the Scots failed to get anything going offensively entering the fourth quarter down 10-0.

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

An eleven play, 75-yard drive early in the fourth earned the Scots their first touchdown with Trent Rains running it in, making it a three-point game. As St. Norbert kicked two more field goals in the fourth, a couple mistakes on offense kept the Scots from scoring the rest of the game.

The Scots were led by DeAndre Wright on offense gaining 59 yards on the ground. Rains also added 57 yards and the lone Scots touchdown. Tanner Matlick was 18-32 throwing for 194 yards and three interceptions. Matlick also had 47 yards rushing.

The defense had a strong performance by Barnes who worked his way to fifteen total tackles, ten of those solo. Michael Smith and AJ Mesik also contributed six and five tackles respectively.

“I just wanted to thank everyone who came out and supported our team before we took our trip to St. Norbert,” said Coach Braun in a campus-wide email he sent out on Monday, thanking everyone for their support. “I am sure I am forgetting to thank others too, but thanks for all that you do at Monmouth College.”

Braun and the Scots will look to build on this season in hopes for making a NCAA playoff birth next season. The Scots have not been to the playoffs since 2011 when they were lead by Indianapolis Colts quarterback and recent Monmouth alumni Alex Tanney.

Connor Gillen
Sports Contributor

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