GAMEDAY: Halftime—Monmouth 13 – Columbia 7
It’s been a bit of a back-and-forth half for the Lions and Hawks, as Monmouth has a six-point lead at the half. The story of the game so far has been how much Monmouth has dominated the time of possession—21:29 to the Loins’ 8:31. Still, down by only one possession, the Lions have a chance to mount a comeback in the second half.
With the Hawks giving up 165 rushing yards per game coming in, it’s no surprise senior running back and co-captain Marcorus Garrett got a healthy share of the offensive load. But after the first drive, the offense failed to put up any points and really struggled to move the ball. Garrett finished the half with 73 yards on 7 rushes, but 53 of those came on the first drive.
Sophomore quarterback Trevor McDonagh, starting in place of the injured Brett Nottingham, was largely ineffective in the first half, going 5/11 for just 26 yards. His best throw of the half was a 13-yard pass to Freshman Denzel Hill late in the second quarter. Then on the next play, he had a pass tipped at the line and into the hands of a Monmouth defender for an interception.
With the plethora of three-and-outs, the Lions spent the majority of the half on defense. Monmouth quarterback Brandon Hill finished the half 13-25 with 152 passing yards. Julian Hayes, the Hawks’ primary running back, carried the ball 18 times for 72 yards, but Thaddeus Richards got Monmouth’s touchdown on a reverse.
So far, sophomore cornerback Travis Reim has been the standout performer of the game, both with his defense and on special teams. Reim broke up two passes—one down the sideline, the other in the end zone—and also returned a kickoff 47 yards.
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