Monmouth’s defense could only hold so long in a 38-0 home opening
loss to No. 22-ranked Wheaton Saturday at April Zorn Memorial Stadium.
The Scots held the Thunder to five first half punts, a missed field
goal and a lost fumble, but fell behind 14-0 at the break thanks in part
to a 74-yard scoring throw. Wheaton came up empty on their first two
possessions of the second half, before scoring
on four of their next six possessions.
Monmouth was held to a series of three-and-outs in each of their
first half possessions, but began to piece together a drive on two of
their first three second half possessions before the Thunder ended the
threats with a pair of interceptions. The Scots
threatened with a five-play drive in the fourth quarter that reached
the Wheaton 36 before the third interception of the day ended Monmouth’s
Clark Gaden led the defense with a 10-tackle effort while Nick Miyler, Aubrey Vaughan and Naulon Simms added seven tackles each.
Monmouth travels to Wartburg Sept. 14 for a 7 p.m. contest.