SCOTS HANG ON TO EARLY LEAD
By Kenneth Collins
(MONMOUTH) The Monmouth college football team roughed out a win against the Foresters of Lake Forest, defeating them by a score of 27-10 in front of an ecstatic crowd for a perfect ending to homecoming weekend. Senior wide receiver Matthew Shepherd and freshmen running back Trey Yocum led the way for the fighting Scots by scoring 2 touchdowns each as the Scots now improved to (4-3) and keep their chances going towards winning conference.
The fighting scots came out firing as they scored 4 touchdowns in the first half, which 3 of those touchdowns came in the 2nd quarter as freshmen quarterback Brik Wedekind hooked up with Shepherd twice in less than 1:30. On the defensive side of the ball Junior linebacker Cory Bishop led the team with 10 tackles, Junior line backer Adam Hoste had a fantastic day recording 9 tackles and an interception and Junior Defensive back Erick Weber recorded 2 interceptions. Senior Defensive back Fletcher Morgan also had a big game recording 8 tackles and coming up clutch with big plays at the right moments. “We played a very solid first half” said Senior Captain and starting defensive end Trevor Newton. “We told ourselves before the game that in order to win conference we need to win out the rest of games, and our guys just came out ready to play and it definitely showed in the first half.
The second half of the ball game was then a different story as the Fighting scots werent able to put any more points on the board and GAVE up 10 points. With 9:10 left in the game Lake Forest Kicker Tim Gruzwalski booted a 26 yard field goal to put the score to 27-10 which would end up to be the final score. Monmouth punted the ball away 5 times in the second half struggling to find any type of steady rhythm for both sides of the ball. “The second half was a poor reputation of how football showed be played by us and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we wish would of played a lot better on both sides of the ball” said Newton. Although Monmouth wasn’t able to play as well as they would have liked they were still able to have a +5 turnover ratio to finish the game. “We didn’t end the game that we would have liked to end it but we came out with the victory and that’s all that matters. We now have to put our focus towards next weekend and get ready to for another big game against Beloit.” The Fighting Scots will travel to Beloit, Wisconsin next weekend, Saturday, October 23 at 1pm to face Beloit College