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Scots take down Lake Forest

November 3, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

On Saturday, October 28th, the Fighting Scots football team was in total control as they gave Lake Forest their first defeat of the season in a 42-7 win.

This matchup between teams tied for the lead in the South division of the Midwest Conference had major implications in determining the fate of a potential playoff berth.

With that in mind, both teams appeared to come out of the gates anxious as Monmouth and Lake Forests’ opening drives both resulted in first-play interceptions. With neither team able to capitalize on those early mistakes, it took several drives before points were put up on the board.

On the Scots’ third drive of the day, the offense put together a nine-play drive which covered fifty-six yards. The possession was capped off on a twenty-three-yard touchdown pass from QB Hayden Nelson and was caught by Jacolby Maxwell.

In the second quarter, Hayden Nelson would once again connect with Jacolby Maxwell, this time on a four-yard reception to put Monmouth up by two scores.

Later in the quarter, the Scots ground game would find some success as on a seven-play drive the ball would be handed off six times with an average rush of nearly twelve-yards per carry. Back DeAndre Wright would bust a run for eighteen yards for Monmouth’s third touchdown of the day. The Fighting Scots would go to the halftime break with a 21-0 lead.

The second half would be more of the same for Monmouth as the defense would keep Lake Forests’ offense in check and the Scots would tack on three more touchdowns to further build on their first half lead.

On the day, the Scots’ bullish defense would hold Lake Forests’ offensive unit to 168 yards of total offense, while the offense for Monmouth would crank out 506 yards of production. With the win, Monmouth improves to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference play.

The Scots’ next matchup will come at home this weekend as they take on Knox College on Saturday, November 4th, in the Turkey Bowl rivalry game to cap off regular season conference play. With a win, Monmouth would qualify to play in the Midwest Conference championship game scheduled for November 11th.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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