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Local Sports Roundup 10/30/11

Several local football teams bow out of the playoffs early after losses Saturday.

Class 1A: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 31, Abingdon 8 (Abingdon's first playoff appearance since 2002.)
Class 1A: Dakota 42, United 22 (Dakota's Jake Apple had 4 touchdowns and ran for 266 yards)
Class 1A: Peru St. Bede 41, Kewanee Wethersfield 7
Class 1A: Mt. Sterling Brown County 28, Lewistown 7
Class 2A: Stark County 24, Knoxville 7 (Stark County will host Deer Creek Mackinaw in the second round. Stark County got 458 yards of offense, 390 of which was rushing.)
Class 2A: Elmwood-Brimfield 28, North Fulton 0 (Elmwood-Brimfield is now 10-0 on the season, and will play at home versus Mercer County on Saturday)
Class 2A: Mercer County 42, El Paso-Gridley 7
Class 3A: Macomb 40, Decatur St. Teresa 14


The last home football game of the season didn't net different results, as Knox College continues winless on the season, losing to Lake Forest 31-27. Prairie Fire quarterback Drew Diaz scored on a 16-yard run at the 4:48 mark of the fourth quarter to give Knox its first lead of the game at 27-24. The touchdown capped off 20 straight points by the Prairie Fire (0-9, 0-8 MWC), who trailed 24-7 with less than 6:00 to play in the third quarter. Diaz and tailback Derek Mortensen each had two touchdown runs for the Prairie Fire. Mortensen led the Knox rushing attack with 24 carries and 77 yards while Diaz ran 10 times for 55 yards and completed 13-of-25 passes for 127 yards.

Needing two touchdown passes to break the NCAA all-divisions record for career TD passes, Monmouths Alex Tanney got them early Saturday in a 69-14 win over Carroll. Tanney connected with fellow senior Mike Blodgett for two quick scores in the first quarter to eclipse the previous record of 148 career TD passes shared by Division III's Justin Peery of Westminster and Division II's Jimmy Terwilliger of East Stroudsburg. The first -- a 64-yarder -- came on the first play of the Scots third possession. The next capped a seven-play, 49-yard drive. The 2009 Melberger award winner and Gagliardi finalist added one more TD for the day, hitting Trey Yocum in the second quarter for a seven yard score. Tanney's total of 150 scoring strikes came in 44 games and he has one regular season game left to play. Monmouth's senior signal-caller also moved into second place in career passing yards by a Division III quarterback. Tanney completed 14 of 22 passes for 265 yards to pull within 324 yards of the career mark set by Josh Vogelbach of Guilford. He'll need to do a little better than his 322 yard-per-game average next weekend in order to claim that record.


Monmouth College's women's and men's cross country teams placed second and their at Saturday's Midwest Conference Championships at Ripon, Wis. Just four points separated the Fighting Scots women from league winner Grinnell. Monmouth's men were a solid third behind winner Lawrence and runner up Grinnell.


Lake Forest College's men jumped out to an early lead and beat Knox College 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Galesburg. The Prairie Fire's Max Gatyas had the lone score for the hosts, playing their final home game of the season. Knox suffered its 14th straight loss. Knox is now 1-15 overall, and 0-8 in the Midwest Conference.

Lake Forest College's women snapped an eight-match losing streak Saturday with a 3-0 win against Knox College in Galesburg. Courtnay Raymond, Emily Keast, and Megan O'Connor each scored for the Foresters (7-10, 3-5 MWC). Lake Forest outshot the Prairie Fire (3-12-1, 1-6-1) 30-7 overall and 21-5 on goal. Bri Schleibinger recorded the shutout in goal for LFC.

Monmouth College's men must wait until Sunday to learn their postseason fate after falling to Beloit 2-1 in the final match of the Scots' regular season. All the scoring came in the final seven minutes as the teams matched each other's play for 83 minutes.

Monmouth's women kept their conference tournament hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Beloit in their final game of the regular season. The Scots outshot the Bucs 22-4 and now must wait on matches Sunday to determine their fate.


The Monmouth College men's and women's basketball teams will hold their Red & White scrimmages on Thurs., Nov. 3 at the colleges Glennie Gymnasium. The women's scrimmage will begin at 4 p.m. The men will scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and get a sneak preview at the 2011-12 edition of the Fighting Scots. Admission is free.
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