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Football clinches playoff birth

November 17, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

On Saturday, November 11th, the Scots won a thriller of a Midwest Conference championship game as they defeated the Green Knights of St. Norbert 9-6 in an overtime win.

It was a low scoring, grind it out kind of game for both sides as points would come at a premium in this matchup of stout defenses. St. Norbert would strike first, taking a 3-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a forty-one-yard field goal by Spenser Thompson-Meyers.

From that point on, stalled out drives and turnovers would keep any further points from being put on the board as the Green Knights would cling to their 3-0 lead. That was until the fourth quarter when back DeAndre Wright would hit the gap and scamper for forty-five yards to excite the crowd and put the offense in field goal position. A few plays later, kicker Joey Biel would take the field for his most important field goal of the season. Biel, having missed a twenty-three-yard field goal attempt earlier, didn’t give the crowd much faith that this attempt would end with a different result. However, Biel kicked with confidence and nailed the thirty-nine-yard attempt to tie the game at 3-3 with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The final six minutes of regulation returned to the defensive dominant style of play resulting in overtime play. Monmouth won the coin toss in overtime and elected to play defense first. St. Norbert took to the field starting at the Scots’ twenty-five-yard line as overtime rules require. The Green Knights only managed to move the ball nine-yards on the drive, but that was enough to set up a thirty-three-yard field goal, which Spenser Thompson-Meyers would make to put St. Norbert up 6-3.

Now it was the Scots’ opportunity to answer. To keep overtime resuming, they had to at least make a field goal to match that St. Norbert’s drive. On the possession, DeAndre Wright would manage to pick up two runs over five yards to move the chains for the first down. With the Scots’ facing a third and nine situation, QB Hayden Nelson would find Konnor O’Keefe open on the flat and would rumble down to the one-yard line. On the following play, the Scots would hurry to the line of scrimmage with Nelson running a QB sneak play, to lunge over the goal line for the win.

With the victory, the Scots have won the Midwest Conference Championship in back to back seasons, with this being the first time they have accomplished that feat since the 2008 and 2009 seasons. On Sunday, it was announced that Monmouth would face off against Trine University in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Kickoff for the game is set to start at noon eastern time this Saturday, November 18th.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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