The Monmouth College football team throttled Lawrence University 62-6 on Saturday as part of Homecoming Weekend at April Zorn Stadium. The Scots are now 3-1 on the season, 3-0 in Midwest Conference play.
The Scots got the ball to start the game and scored in 29 seconds on a two-play drive. Devin Lawrence (Hawthorne, Florida) put the Scots up 6-0 with a 49-yard touchdown run. On third down of the first Vikings drive, Nick Harris (Winter Haven, Florida) picked off a pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown and the Cody Szelc (Riverview, Florida) extra point made it 14-0.
The second Monmouth drive took four plays to score. Riley Fetterer (Milan, Illinois) completed a 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown to Dylan Bone (Jacksonville, Illinois). The Scots put one more score on the board in the first quarter. Right guard Matthew Shimko (Jacksonville, Florida) lined up at fullback and plunged into the end zone from one yard out for a 28-0 lead.
Fetterer’s day was over after a quarter and Carter Boyer (Carthage, Illinois) led a touchdown drive to start the second quarter. After two completed passes, Boyer found Nate Thornton (Peoria, Illinois) for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings punted and Boyer took the SCots down the field again. This time, Marcus Albers (Springfield, Illinois) scored on a 1-yard run for a 42-0 Scots lead.
McKade Brooks (Astoria, Illinois) picked up a 37-yard touchdown run for a 48-0 lead. Xavier Cooper (Springfield, Illinois) picked off a Lawrence pass and returned it to the 6-yard line with 21 seconds left in the half. Boyer found Jake Uryasz (Farmington, Illinois) over the middle for a 55-0 halftime lead as Daevon Gaines (Chicago, Illinois) made the extra point.
Ashton Summers (Mt. Zion, Illinois) took over at quarterback in the second half. Lawrence fumbled a punt return and the Scots kept possession at the Lawrence 28. However the Vikings blocked a field and took off on their longest drive of the game. The drive carried into the fourth quarter and Lawrence scored on a 15-yard pass, but missed the extra point.
On the next Vikings drive, Hunter DeVena (Galesburg, Illinois) blocked a punt for the Scots. The ball was picked up by Sam Phillips (Cape, Coral, Florida) and returned 45 yard for a touchdown, R.J. Ahten (Princeville, Illinois), Monmouth’s third kicker of the game, converted the extra point for a 62-6 lead. Neither team scored over the final 9:38 of the game.
Fetterer was 10-for-10 for 126 yards and one touchdown. Boyer was also 10-for-10, for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Summers was 1-for-2 as the Scots completed their first 21 passes of the game. Devin Lawrence ran six times for 79 yards while Brooks had 46 yards. Uryasz was the top receiver with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown while Thornton had five catches for 44 yards and a score.
MONMOUTH MOMENTS: The Scots won the last three matchups via shutout by a combined score of 125-0The last time the Vikings scored against the Scots was in a 31-7 loss in Monmouth in 2013The Scots are 11-0 against Lawrence since 2008, winning by a combined 507-78They have won 18 straight against the Vikings dating back to a loss in 1999Monmouth has scored at least 30 points in all of those wins and at least 40 in 14 of the victoriesMonmouth inducted track athlete and coach Chris Pio ’84, baseball player Taylor Thiel ’02 and multi-sport star Tanehsa Hughes ’09 into the M Club Hall of Fame on SaturdayAll three were honored on field pregameThe only unbeaten football team in school history, the 1972 team, was honored at halftime as the first team ever inducted into the Fighting Scots Champions ClubThe Scots play at 1 pm next Saturday at the University of Chicago before hosting Beloit College at 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15.
***Courtesy of Nathan Baliva, Monmouth College***