No. 13 Monroe Football Shatters Records in Regular-Season-Closing Victory over Hocking

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y, November 10, 2018 – The No. 13-ranked Monroe College football team had a night to remember on Saturday, shattering numerous team records en route to a 69-28 victory over Hocking College to close out the regular season at Joseph F. Fosina Field. The Mustangs improve to 7-1 on the year, while Hocking drops to 1-8. The Mustangs' 69 points are a new single-game record for the Mustangs, surpassing the previous record of 58 set last season in a win over Thaddeus Stevens College. The record-breaking night also included the team's most ever all-purpose yards (852), total offense (719), rushing yards (378), touchdowns (10), touchdown passes (6) and quarterback efficiency rating (268.5). It was the Hawks that got on the board first in Saturday's contest at Fosina Field. The Mustangs' first drive ended in a missed field goal, setting up Hocking on their own 23-yard line. An eight-play, 77 yard drive was capped off by a nine-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jamarius Stevens to give Hocking an early lead. Joshua Boyd then blocked the extra point, leaving the Hawks up, 6-0. The Mustangs responded quickly after falling behind. On second down, Jalen Brown hit Shawn McFarland, who broke a number of tackles for a 30-yard catch-and-run to set up the Mustangs on Hocking's 41-yard line. Two plays later, Brown hit Hodge over the middle of the field for a 36-yard touchdown, giving the Mustangs a 7-6 lead. Two plays into Hocking's next drive, Grant Melton jumped in front of a pass by Stevens, picking it off at the Hocking 33-yard line to set up the Mustangs with a short field. Unfortunately, the Mustangs were unable to take advantage, and ended up taking their 7-6 lead into the second quarter. Early in the 2nd frame, the Mustangs once again used big plays to get down the field quickly. Jarious Jones opened the drive with a 10-yard run, and followed it up with a beautiful 32-yard scamper down to the Hocking 38. Brown then completed a 17-yard pass to Keveon Clark down to the 21. Two plays later, Brown dumped one off to Victor Mintz, who had the blocking down the far sideline to take it all the way in for a 23-yard touchdown reception, pushing Monroe's lead to 14-7. The Mustangs forced the Hawks to punt with seven minutes to play in the half. Jevin Frett picked up a bouncing 41-yard punt, broke a few tackles, and saw nothing but daylight down the left sideline, taking it all the way for a 61-yard punt return touchdown to make it a 21-7 lead for Monroe. This was the Mustangs' third return touchdown in as many games. The Mustangs took over again with 5:11 left in the half. Brown kept the ball moving with a 21-yard run, and later a 14-yard pass to Hodge. With first-and-15, Zaire Jones blasted through a hole and took it all the way to the house for a 46-yard touchdown to make it a 28-7 game. The Mustangs got the ball back one more time with just 1:06 left on the clock, but had all three timeouts. Brown hit Hodge on three-straight plays to move the ball 34 yards down to the Hocking 29-yard line. After two incomplete passes, Brown hit Hodge in stride in the back of the end zone for a 29-yard score, making it commanding 35-6 lead for the Mustangs heading into the half. Hocking tried to get the ball back to open the second half with a blasted kickoff right at the Mustangs' front line, but Monroe was able to fall on it and start the half on their own 48-yard line. Jarious Jones wasted no time, blasting