HAWKS COME FROM BEHIND TO OVERPOWER RIVAL WAGNER, 54-47


WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – With 1:14 left in the fourth quarter and the game tied, senior wide receiver Reggie White Jr. (Reisterstown, MD/Milford Mill) set the program record with his 213th career catch and raced to the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown that sent the Monmouth University football team past Wagner, 54-47. Junior linebacker Evan Powell (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) secured his first career interception on the next possession to seal the win, enabling the Hawks to run out the clock. White Jr. ended with seven catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner to pass Neal Sterling for the most receptions in Monmouth history. The Blue & White trailed 47-32 with 12:49 left in the fourth quarter, but scored three straight touchdowns to close the game. Two of those touchdowns came from freshman running back Juwon Farri (Germantown, MD/Northwest), who took over in the fourth quarter with 99 yards on just five carries. The Hawks outgained Wagner 263-59 on the ground, and were able to pull out the win despite turning the ball over four times. Monmouth is now 7-0 in the new Kessler Stadium dating back to last year, and improves its record to 3-2 on the 2018 season. NOTES AND QUOTES "We knew going into the game this game was probably like 23 came before. It would be a game that came down to the wire. Both teams and players making plays. Every happy with the outcome. There were times in the game where we couldn't do anything right. There were times where we couldn't do anything wrong. I think you saw several players on our team step up and make big plays. As we move forward, there's a lot we have to work on, a lot we can do better. We are very happy with the victory heading into the bye." – Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan "Juwon was ready to go and he went in there and executed. He was prepared, and he knew what he had to do in terms of assignment and gameplan. When he had opportunities, he made plays." Coach Callahan on the play of Juwon Farri "The front seven on defense played outstanding today. You got to give them a lot of credit, they did an outstanding job. He [Fulse] had no place to run. They had several tackles for losses and they were big for us. They made Wagner one dimensional." Coach Callahan on holding Ryan Fulse "It was huge. Darnell Leslie told me that I was going to break the record on a TD. I was running down the field and he called it. As soon as I scored and pointed right to him. Righi [Pete Righi] and Juwon [Farri] had huge blocks. They opened it up for me and I just ran the rest of the way. Without them, that play wouldn't have happened." – Reggie White Jr. on his 84-yard TD that broke the Monmouth record

  • The two teams combined for 950 yards, with Monmouth earning 514 yards including 263 on the ground

  • Vinny Grasso finished with 306 all-purpose yards, including 147 kick return yards, 63 punt return yards, 38 rushing yards and 58 receiving

  • Monmouth's game-winning drive went 99 yards on just three plays covering 30 seconds

  • On the first drive of the game, Wagner's bad snap rolled 20 yards back into its end zone, resulting in a safety. The Hawks have register