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Football wins battle of the Scots

September 29, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

The Monmouth College Fighting Scots football team cruised past the Macalester College Scots last Saturday in a decisive 26-0 win.

The game started off slow for both sides as on Monmouth’s first drive of the game, QB Hayden Nelson threw a pass that was intercepted at the Macalester 20 yard-line to stymie the offense. The rest of the opening quarter consisted of three and out drives, which, in some cases, netted the offense negative yardage.

In the second quarter, Monmouth found the end zone as QB Hayden Nelson connected with receiver Yansay Williams on a 4th down play for the first touchdown of the day. After a quick three and out by Macalester, Monmouth tacked on a twenty-three-yard field goal by kicker Joey Biel.

Macalester committed their first turnover of the game late in the second quarter, as they fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Monmouth’s Kyle Schultz at Macalester’s 23 yard-line. One play later, Hayden Nelson once again found Yansay Williams for the score. Monmouth would go to the halftime break with a 17-0 lead.

On the first drive of the second half, Macalester had their first opportunity to put points on the board, but kicker Matt Glasenapp would miss a twenty-four-yard field goal.

Midway through the third quarter, Monmouth’s Micam Smith would intercept Macalester QB Christian Adam’s pass, taking it down to the 36 yard-line of the Scots before being brought down. While Monmouth would only move the ball four yards on the drive, kicker Joey Biel would nail a forty-nine-yard field goal attempt to put the Scots up 20-0.

Early in the fourth quarter, Monmouth would tack on their final score of the day, as running back Josh McKenzie broke a twenty-three-yard rush for the touchdown.

Junior linebacker Levi Oliveto had this to say of the team’s performance, “I felt the team did an excellent job of going on an overnight business trip to St. Paul and taking care of Macalester with ease. The defense did a great job of getting off the field on 3rd down, plus stopping the pass and the run.”

The Scots return to action this weekend as they open conference play at home against Lawrence University with kickoff set for 1 PM.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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