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Shoffner leads Monroe in opener

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2019 - Quarterback Dominique Shoffner accounted for five touchdowns to lead the No. 15-ranked Monroe College (1-0) football team to a 71-0 victory over the New Jersey Warriors Saturday at Joseph F. Fosina Field.

Despite departing from the game with time still remaining in the first half, Shoffner completed 9-of-14 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing three times for 50 yards and another score.

On the Warriors' second possession, Emmanuel Appiah-Tahkyi intercepted a pass to set up a six-play, 78-yard drive, capped for by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Shoffner to Pierre Moudourou to make it 7-0.

The Warriors went three-and-out again on their next drive, and it did not take long for the Mustangs to capitalize on good field position. Two plays into the drive, Shoffner hit Jevin Frett for a 49-yard touchdown to put the Mustangs up by 14.

Another punt put the Mustangs on their own 43-yard line. It took just seven plays for the Mustangs to put more points on the board, finishing the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Shoffner to Moudourou to make it a 21-0 game with time still remaining in the first quarter.

The Mustangs took over again with 12:48 on the clock in the second quarter. After a five-yard run by Clayton Scott, Shoffner completed a 28-yard pass to Lucas Nunez down to the Warriors' 37-yard line. Shoffner found Nunez down the middle of the field for another score, pushing Monroe's lead to 28-0.

After Monroe recorded a safety, the Mustangs stuck to the ground game. Jayvon Benton gained 10 yards, followed by a seven-yard run on the next play. Shoffner then took it 33 yards to the house, pushing Monroe's lead to 37-0.

On the third play of New Jersey's ensuing drive, Appiah-Tahkyi made another interception and then sprinted down the sideline all the way to the end zone, pushing Monroe's lead to 44-0.

Heath Stephen II's interception set up Jaydakis Scott's 22-yard touchdown run on the next play for a 51-0 lead.

The Mustangs forced the Warriors to punt the ball away on their next drive, and responded with a five-play, 45-yard drive that was finished by Scott's six-yard touchdown run for a 58-0 halftime lead. The Mustangs took 12 plays to go 74 yards before Jayvon Benton scored on a 25-yard touchdown run to cap off the drive and make it 65-0.

In the fourth quarter, Raquan Tompkins ran five times for 35 yards, including a seven-yard score for a 71-0 lead.

Tompkins finished with 69 yards and a score on 12 carries to lead the Mustangs. Clayton Scott rushed six times for 48 yards and caught one pass for another 29 yards. Benton rushed five times for 45 yards and a touchdown while Scott had five carries for 36 yards and two scores.

Nunez caught three passes for a game-high 83 yards and a touchdown. Frett caught two balls for 62 yards and a score. Moudourou scored on both of his receptions, totaling 25 yards on the day.

The Mustangs' defense made five interceptions and allowed -37 yards rushing. Appiah-Tahkyi had a pair of interceptions and also broke up another pass.

The Mustangs will look to carry their momentum into the meeting with Nassau Community College Sept. 7, at Fosina field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.