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Scots playing for 5-0 start on Saturday

September 30, 2016

This past Saturday the football team took a trip to Lake Forest on head coach Chad Braun’s 45th birthday. Monmouth took down the Foresters 52-6 and improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Midwest Conference.

Ten minutes into the game the Scots already had a 10-0 lead. Tanner Matlick connected with freshman Jacolby Maxwell for a 33-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game. Freshman Joey Biel then pushed the Scots lead to 10 when he hit a 35-yard field goal. With less than five minutes left in the first half Matlick hit Brock Thoms for a 30-yard touchdown, his first of two on the day. That touchdown put the Scots up 31-6 at the half.

The Scots scored on their first three possessions in the second half. Monmouth shut out Lake Forest in the second half as they routed the Foresters 52-6.

Matlick finished with 300 yards passing and three touchdowns, two of them to Brock Thoms who had 160 yards receiving on the day. DeAndre Wright finished with 112 rush yards on 17 carries. Monmouth had 541 yards, outgaining the Foresters by over 300 yards.

The Scots defense also played great. Junior D.J. Frank lead the team with 10 tackles while the defense held Lake Forest scoreless in the second half. Monmouth only allowed 229 yards and just nine yards from Foresters running back Joey Valdivia, who was averaging over 160 yards per game this season.

The Fighting Scots will play Cornell College this Saturday for Homecoming. When asked about the Rams head coach Chad Braun said “we can’t afford a letdown with the personnel we’ll see this week. Cornell is tough and has a lot of fight in them.” Cornell showed that fight in their 46-41 win at Beloit last week. The Rams were trailing 28-7 at halftime, but behind the arm of junior quarterback Daniel Brown Cornell came back and won the game. “Their quarterback is perhaps the most dynamic player in the league,” said Braun. “He’s a guy that can hurt you in a variety of ways.” Brown has shown that this year as he has nearly 300 yards rushing.

The Scots have a spectacular defense and multiple threats on offense that can help them come out of Saturday’s game with a win and a perfect 5-0 start. With it being Homecoming weekend coach Braun says “it’s extra motivation for our guys to live up to the great Monmouth football legacy.”

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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