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Football plays under the lights

September 15, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

Mistakes cost the Scots big as they fell to the Wartburg Knights 36-13 on a Saturday night primetime game under the lights.

The Monmouth offense moved the ball early in the game when on the second drive of the night they marched all the way down to the Wartburg thirteen yard-line. But when the drive stalled after an incomplete pass on a 3rd and 8th situation, Scots’ kicker Joey Biel missed a twenty-nine yard field goal that would’ve put the Scots on the board first.

Two drives later, the Knights put together an eleven-play drive that covered sixty-three yards and was capped off by a twelve-yard pass from Wartburg QB Matt Sacia to wide out Lee Bonifas for the game’s first touchdown.

On the ensuing drive for the Scots, the punt unit mishandled a snap that was recovered by Wartburg and taken in for the touchdown to make the score 13-0.

But Monmouth fired back with a quick drive as QB Hayden Nelson found receiver Yansay Williams for a seventy-one-yard touchdown pass to give the Scots their first score of the night.

After pinning Wartburg deep in their own territory, the Knights put together a drive that covered eighty-nine yards and chewed up nearly six minutes of game time. The drive ended with a Wartburg score off a twelve-yard touchdown pass from Sacia to receiver Griffin Brennecke.

Wartburg managed to get one more score in before the half when Sacia found wide out Riley Brockway on a twenty-one-yard pass to give the Knights a 27-7 lead late in the first half.

The Scots had an opportunity to answer before the halftime break, but with only seconds remaining and just two-yards away from the end zone, Nelson’s pass was intercepted by Wartburg’s Peyton Imhoff to take away any chance of Monmouth closing the gap.

Monmouth showed signs of a comeback as on their first drive of the second half Hayden Nelson completed a pass with Austin Hite for a touchdown. After the failed two-point conversion the Scots were down 30-13.

From that point on, little scoring took place as Wartburg managed to put up one more touchdown on the night off a sixteen-yard pass from QB Matt Sacia to receiver Riley Brockway.

Junior defensive lineman Josh Perschall had this to say of the blunders made against Wartburg, “We had missed assignments on both sides of the ball that Wartburg was able to capitalize on. We just shot ourselves in the foot. Right now, we just need to focus on correcting those mistakes in practice and come out ready for Macalester.”

With the loss, the Scots fall to 1-1 on the season and hope to use the upcoming bye week to heal injured players and clean up mistakes on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball before returning to action on September 23rd, when they will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota to take on Macalester college for their final non-conference game of the regular season.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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