Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 6:12 pm

Eagles' state-winning QB Matlick to become a Fighting Scot

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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com

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Mercer County High School senior and 2012-13 Dispatch Argus area football player of the year Tanner Matlick committed to Monmouth College to continue his football career.
Having cemented his place among the ranks of all-time great quarterbacks to call Aledo's George Pratt Memorial Field home, Mercer County senior Tanner Matlick now will look to make his mark at the collegiate level.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Matlick has committed to Monmouth College to continue his football career. At Monmouth, Matlick essentially will follow in the footsteps of Fighting Scots' all-time great Alex Tanney, the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdown passes (157) who now is playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Matlick had his own year to remember this past fall. Completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,977 yards and 21 touchdowns with just four interceptions, the 2012 Area Player of the Year for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus led the Golden Eagles to their first 14-0 season since the program debuted in 2009. He capped his prep career with a 14-7 victory over Belleville Althoff in the IHSA Class 2A state championship game in Champaign.

A three-year varsity starter at Mercer County and a three-sport standout who is also averaging over 16 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Eagles' 17-9 basketball team, Matlick will join a Monmouth squad that finished 5-5 last fall, including a 5-4 Midwest Conference mark.

-- Staff report