Scots clinch NCAA playoff birth
November 18, 2016
Michelle Ravel / The Courier
Monmouth Fighting Scots traveled over to Knox College this past weekend for the final game of the season. The Scots looked to complete a perfect regular season with a win over the Prairie Fire, and they did just that. Tanner Matlick and the Fighting Scots got off to an unbelievable 37-0 lead after the first quarter. The first quarter started off with a smooth thirty-five yard touchdown pass from Matlick to Yansay Williams just three minutes into the game. Monmouth would then go for the two point conversion with Alec Dutko running it in. The men would take a few minute breather before they scored around the nine minute mark on a one yard run from Trent Rains and again the Scots would go for two by the power of Konnor O’Keefe. The Scots now rolling early against the Prairie Fire 16-0, but quick don’t blink because three minutes later Fighting Scots running back DeAndre Wright takes the ball into the end zone and Monmouth leads 23-0 with 6:29 left in the first quarter. The Scots keep the trend going as Matlick tosses another touchdown to Yansay Williams to put Monmouth up 30-0. Monmouth wasn’t done in the first quarter as they continued to cushion their lead. Once again for the fifth time in the quarter, the Scots would find the end zone on a ten yard pass from Matlick to Jacolby Maxwell. At the end of the first quarter Monmouth-37, Knox-0. In the second quarter Knox would strike first on a seven yard pass from quarterback McCaffrey, but Monmouth would block the extra point. The Scots would strike back just 58 seconds later with another touchdown pass from Matlick to Williams putting the Scots up 44-6. Knox would squeeze in a field goal before half time to decrease the lead, leaving the score at 44-6 at half. Monmouth would cool off a little in the second half but not before Yansay Williams caught another touchdown pass from his quarterback Tanner Matlick. The greatest excitement in the second half came from freshman kicker, Joey Biel who knocked down a 47 yard field goal and then would later nail a 50 yard field goal nearly setting a school record. The Fighting Scots completed an undefeated regular season with a 57-9 win over the Prairie Fire. The Scots will travel to Iowa and face COE College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs.