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Football defeats Cornell 61-10

October 27, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

Last Saturday, October 21st, the Monmouth College football team traveled to Mount Vernon, Iowa, where they had plenty of success in a 61-10 beat down of the Rams.

On the opening drive of the game for the Scots, the offense drove the ball fifty-two yards on a ten-play drive to take a lead on a one-yard touchdown run by back DeAndre Wright. That lead would not be challenged for the rest of the game as Monmouth tacked on another score on the following drive off a seven-yard touchdown pass from QB Nelson to wide out Austin Hite to put the Scots up 13-0.

The Rams answered with one of their few bright spots on the day as they tacked on three-points off a forty-three-yard field goal by kicker Aaron Nicoll. The dynamic duo of QB Hayden Nelson and receiver Yansay Williams connected on a forty-eighty-yard pass to ease any concerns of a Rams rally to put the Scots up 20-3.

The special teams’ unit for Monmouth came up with a big play in this one as on a fourth down punt attempt, the kick was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Micam Smith. Monmouth’s offense finished out the first half with a twenty-nine-yard field goal by kicker Joey Biel to go to the halftime break with a 30-3 lead.

The Scots’ offense showed no signs of slowing down in the second half as they scored on their first five possession to further build on what was already a big lead. The only major mistake of the day came on a kickoff return as Cornell’s Blake MacDowall returned the kick ninety-five-yards for the Rams only touchdown of the day.

With the win, the Scots improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. This week’s upcoming game against Lake Forest College will prove to be an important one as both teams are undefeated in Midwest Conference South Division play. The winner of the game will likely be the team representing the South Division in the Midwest Conference championship game with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The Fighting Scots will travel to Lake Forest this Saturday for the pivotal showdown with kickoff set for 1 PM.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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