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Football shuts out Vikings at home

October 6, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

Last Saturday, September 30th, the Fighting Scots football team kicked off the Midwest conference play with a 34-0 win over Lawrence University.

The first two drives set the tone for what would be a very long day for the Lawrence University Vikings. Monmouth started the game with a short but successful offensive series, as on the first play of the drive, back DeAndre Wright dashed fifty-eight yards for a touchdown.

On the other side of the ball, the Scots were equally dominant as Lawrence’s first offensive drive ended in a quick three and out that amassed negative thirteen yards of offense. The opening drive of the second quarter ended successfully for Monmouth as QB Hayden Nelson found receiver Wesley Anderson for a thirty-five-yard touchdown strike.

Later in the second quarter, the Scots once again put together a one play drive as Josh Mckenzie ran sixty-yards for the score. On the final scoring possession of the first half, QB Hayden Nelson utilized the long ball once again as he found receiver Nathan Graham for a thirty-six-yard touchdown pass.

The Scots had one more opportunity to add points to their large lead late in the first half, but Hayden Nelson’s pass was intercepted at the goal line to return possession to the Vikings. Nonetheless, Monmouth went to the halftime break with a comfortable 31-0 lead.

The Scots defense maintained its dominance into the second half. During Lawrence’s opening drive of the third quarter, the Vikings were forced to punt after another quick three and out possession. On the ensuing offensive drive for Monmouth, kicker Joey Biel added the final points of the day as he nailed a thirty-three-yard field goal to put the Scots up 34-0.

On the day, Monmouth’s offense amassed a staggering 511 yards of offense. The defense did its part as well as they held Lawrence to 49 yards of total offense. A closer look at the defensive performance shows that those 49 yards of offense allowed by the Scots defense over 48 plays calculates out to an impressive average of only a yard surrendered per play for the entire game.

Monmouth looks to carry that momentum on both sides of the ball as they travel to Grinnell, IA this week, where they will open Midwest conference division play against Grinnell College.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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