Monmouth dominates Knox; Galesburg's Furrow competes at state

Mike Trueblood
Special to The Register-Mail
In this file photo, Monmouth College football coach Chad Braun gives his team some final instructions before last year’s home game against Lake Forest. The Scots earned a three-way Midwest Conference tie by beating Knox College 56-0 Saturday.

GALESBURG — The Knox College football team dropped its annual Turkey Bowl game to Monmouth 56-0 on Saturday.

That enabled 8-2 Monmouth to claim a 3-way tie for the Midwest Conference title but it fell short in a bid for an automatic NCAA playoff berth in a tiebreaker won by Lake Forest.

Fighting Scots' quarterback Carter Boyer completed 19-of-28 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns to lead their victory. He also ran for a touchdown to account for four total touchdowns. 

Devin Lawrence ran eight times for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Prairie Fire had a promising first drive after Trevor Geggie ran back the opening kickoff 28 yards and Kaile Williams reeled off a 23-yard rush. Knox attempted to go for it on fourth down from the Monmouth 20-yard line, but came up short.

The Fighting Scots scored on the next possession to take a 7-0 lead. Monmouth then blocked the Knox punt on the ensuing possession to set them up for another quick score.

Monmouth forced a fourth-and-out by Knox in the next possession and scored again. The Prairie Fire fumbled the kickoff and set the Fighting Scots up for another score to finish the first quarter with a 28-0 lead

Williams led the Prairie Fire with 49 rushing yards, Geggie added 140 return yards and 28 rushing yards. Ean Rau racked up 13 tackles for the Knox defense. Kendall Ballman added nine tackles.

The Fire finished the season at 5-5 to tie their best record since going 6-4 in 2002. They also won four conference games, the most since going 5-4 in 2002.

Monmouth has won 23 straight Turkey Bowl games. 

Furrow short of finals

Galesburg High School freshman Lily Furrow won her first heat but did not advance to the finals at the Illinois High School Association girls state swim meet Friday.

Furrow posted of time of 24.71 in the 50 freestyle — .2 seconds slower that her personal best — but failed to make finals.

"She's got experience as a freshman now," said Galesburg coach Ray VanHootegem. 

"She won her heat and got to advance and got to see what the faster swimmers do and hopefully that will take her to her goal of the finals."