Football Cruises Past Gardner-Webb for Second Win

Football CruisesOn Saturday, April 3, the Monmouth University Football team (2-0, 2-0 Big South) committed a major defeat of 48-19 over Gardner-Webb (2-1, 0-1 Big South) at Ernest W. Spangler Stadium.

Monmouth only allowed 52 yards in the second half, with redshirt sophomore running back Juwon Farri running for a career-high of four touchdowns. Not to mention, he racked up 124 yards rushing yards.

Throwing a pair of touchdown passes for his second consecutive week was superstar freshman quarterback, Tony Muskett. Reserve running back Romeo Holden averaged 10.2 yards per carry in his first ever 100-yard game and scored his first touchdown.

Football Cruises 2Much like the two weeks of success that their quarterback is having, the Monmouth defense committed three turnovers for the second straight week with a pair of fumble recoveries and an interception by Anthony Budd. Senior DaQuan Grimes made 12 tackles, which was a major aid in holding the Bulldog’s to 1-of-7 on fourth down and 3-of-16 on third down.

As a whole, the Hawks defense had four sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Individually, Budd finished his day with 11 tackles.

The boys in blue and white started the game off with a quick 20-3 lead after taking advantages of miscues on Gardner-Webb’s side. GW then rallied late in the first half after scoring 16 points in a span of 1:50. This included a field goal as time ran out cutting Monmouth’s halftime lead to 20-19.

Going into the second half, the Hawks came barreling out of the locker room and completely dominated. Eddie Hahn obliterated the Bulldogs offense, making a pair of third-quarter fourth-down stops, providing the Hawks offense with a short field.

The leader of the pack, Muskett, threw to Lonnie Moore, who was in the corner of the end zone for the first score of the second half. Farri then scored twice, with Holden racking in 28 yards in the fourth.

For the second consecutive week, Juwon Farri earned high recognition after earning Big South Offensive Player of the Week. To make things better and even more exciting, the superstar running back broke his own record that he set last week by reaching the end zone four times against Gardner-Webb.

Looking ahead, the Hawks will host Kennesaw State at 1:00 p.m. on April 10 at Kessler Stadium.

PHOTOS COURTESY of Monmouth Athletics