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Monmouth takes down Wartburg

September 16, 2016

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

Monmouth had to rally from a 15-0 deficit this past Saturday to beat Wartburg College.

After trailing 15-0 in the first quarter the Scots had to dig themselves out of a hole the last three quarters of the game. Quarterback Taner Matlick lead the comeback with 394 yards passing and four touchdwosn.

Early in the second quarter Matlick hit sophomore Yansay Williams with a 38-yard pass for the Scots first score of the game. Their next offensive possesion Monmouth found the endzone again as Ben Moore caught a Matlick pass and ran it in for an 83 yard touchdown. Monmouth converted on the two point conversion to tie the game 15-15.

Late in the third quarter senior Alec Dutko caught a 19-yard touchdown pass to give the Scots their first lead of the game. Trent Rains also scored on another Matlick pass to cap off Monmouth’s comeback as they came out victorious 29-22 over Wartburg. Matt Barnes had 19 tackles on the day, one shy of the school record. This was Monmouth’s first win over Wartburg in team history.

Monmouth will host their conference opener this Saturday at 1 P.M. against Ripon College. Head coach Chad Braun said “we’re approaching every week as a playoff week. A loss now could knock you out of the picture at the end of the season.”

It’s been a few years since Monmouth has played Ripon and the Scots are looking for a strong game from running backs DeAndre Wright and Trent Rains.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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