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Scots win turkey Bowl 52-10

November 10, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

It was an exciting weekend for Scots’ fans as Homecoming and the Turkey Bowl overlapped in what was a festive weekend. The Scots beat Knox 52-10 on Saturday, November 4th to claim their 19th consecutive win in the rivalry.

The Scots rolled out of the gates sluggishly as they failed to put up any points in the opening quarter. Adding to the slow offensive start, Monmouth fumbled the ball near midfield giving Knox promising field position to start a drive midway through the opening quarter. The Prairie Fire managed to put up three points on the board off a twenty-four-yard field goal by Jesus Flores. Not only were the Scots behind early, but they also lost senior defensive back Ryne Daum for the game due to a targeting penalty on the drive.

At the end of the first quarter, stunningly, Knox was ahead 3-0. However, that would all change in the second quarter as Monmouth’s offense began to click. On the opening drive of the second quarter, Monmouth scored on a near turnover play. Hayden Nelson fumbled the ball after an eleven-yard rush, but the ball, fortunately, was recovered and returned forty-three yards by Jacolby Maxwell to give the Scots their first score of the day. Six points didn’t prove to be enough as Monmouth decided to go for the two-point conversion attempt which succeeded on a pass from Chandler Jones to Zach Hoekstra to give them an 8-3 lead.

From that point on it was a whole lot of scoring for the Fighting Scots as they managed to score three more touchdowns in the quarter to take a 29-3 lead to the halftime break.

Monmouth scored on their opening three possessions of the second half to put the game out of reach. The last of the three scoring drives was capped off on a fifty-two-yard pass completion to receiver Yansay Williams to put the Scots up 49-3, guaranteeing the Bronze Turkey would rest in Monmouth for one more year.

With the win, the Scots turn all their attention to the Midwest Conference Championship game which will be a showdown with the Green Knights of St. Norbert College. The winner earns an automatic bid in the NCAA Division III football playoffs. Monmouth will host the championship game at April Zorn Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 1 PM.

Tate Heiple
contributing Writer

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