On Saturday, Sept. 4, the 2021 Monmouth football season started up with the Hawks losing to Middle Tennessee State 50-15 but picked up a win this past Saturday against Fordham 26-23.
In their showdown against Middle Tennessee, the boys in blue and white fought hard in the first quarter until MTSU’s Jaylin Lane ran a punt back for 70 yards providing a 7-0 lead.
Monmouth came back to tie the game after sophomore Tony Muskett threw to Archie making the score 7-7. The drive covered 79 yards over 12 plays and was kept alive by Terrance Greene Jr. who made a fourth down catch and run.
At the 33 is where things took a turn when the Blue Raiders committed a sack fumble on a Monmouth drive. Just four plays later, MTSU were ahead 14-7 on a 29-yard score from Bailey Hockman, a NC State transfer to DJ England-Chisolm. After a miscue on Monmouth’s part, the Blue Raiders took two plays to reach the endzone on yet another Hockman throw.
After the score became 28-7 in the third quarter, Muskett committed a 14-play drive which went for 75 yards with the quarterback bulldozing from one-yard out. Monmouth star Lonnie Moore converted the two-point attempt with the Hawks going into the fourth quarter trailing with a score of 28-15.
MTSU then returned a major interception for a touchdown. They then scored a few late touchdowns as well.
This past weekend, the Hawks racked in their first win of the season against the Fordham Rams at Jack Coffey Field.
The Hawks made their presence known in the Bronx this past weekend with star running back Juwon Farri achieving 156 yards and a touchdown in addition to the absolute demolishing defense committing three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a two-point conversion interception return.
The game was tied until Tony Muskett threw to Gene Scott for a 35-yard touchdown reception. The Rams then cut the lead to 7-3 on a 27-yard field goal made by Nick Leinenweber in the second. The Rams then scored an eight-yard touchdown from DeMorat to Dequece Carter in the very corner of the endzone.
As the guys got further into the game, the Hawks forced their second turnover when Justin Terry made a mega hit on Demorat resulting in the quarterback losing the ball. Eddie Morales recovered it. Muskett then ran into the corner of the endzone for his second rushing touchdown.
After Fordham answered with a touchdown, Terry committed a two-point attempt intercepting the ball in the endzone and returning it 100 yards. Nick Null was then able to kick his first Monmouth field goal.
Muskett threw an interception on first and goal from the one. On third and 13, DeMorat threw to Dequece Carter for 39 yards and a touchdown with the score becoming 26-23. The Ram’s last-second hail mary attempt was incomplete in the endzone with 26 seconds left ,resulting in the Hawks win.
Monmouth plays in their next away game at Charleston Southern this Saturday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.