September 6, 2001

Tigers Dominate Salisbury But Are Done In By Big Plays In 21-14 Loss

The Scotland County Tigers were 97 percent dominant in the football season opener but it was the other three percent that proved to be the difference as Salisbury escaped with a 21-14 victory.

The SCR-I defense limited its opponent to just 158 yards of offense and a measly four first downs. Unfortunately 102 of those yards came on two touchdown plays, a 50-yard bomb from quarterback Dan Kruse to Jason Phillips and a 52-yard TD run by Mitchell Green. The third big play came on special teams when Mitchell White returned a kickoff 77 yards for the touchdown.

Toss out any one of those plays from among the more than one hundred total plays in the contest and this story would be about an SCR-I win.

Salisbury took the opening kickoff and went nowhere as the SCR-I defense started strong. The team managed just three plays before punting.

SCR-I began a long drive behind the running game. The Tigers offensive line was dominating the trenches opening holes for Jarrod Talbert and Aaron Dale as SCR-I marched 70 yards down to the 15-yard line.

The momentum swung back to Salisbury as the Tigers fumbled, turning the ball back over to the Panthers.

The SCR-I made quick work of the second Panther possession. Kirk Stott made a nice play to break up a pass across the middle before Joel Myers and Robbie Miller sacked the Salisbury quarterback on third down to force another punt.

The Tigers offense went back to work from the 40-yard line. Once again the running attack pushed the ball into scoring position. This time SCR-I struck paydirt when Talbert broke through the left side of the line for a 19-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was no good, leaving the Tigers on top 6-0.

The advantage was short lived as Salisbury scored on the very next play as White took the kick off, muffed the catch, then gathered up the ball and ran across the field before turning it up the far sideline and scampering 77 yards for the score. The PAT kick was good, putting Salisbury ahead 7-6.

Scotland County started where it left off on offense. The running game pushed the ball down field as Talbert continued to rack up the yards. On third and long SCR-I went to the air and Aarron Holt connected with Kirk Stott to pick up the first down.

Unfortunately the drive stalled in the red zone as the Tigers crossed the 20-yard line but turned the ball over on downs.

Salisbury went nowhere on offense as they tried to go to the air. Brooks Small came over from his safety position to break up a near big play for Salisbury forcing another Panther punt.

The Tigers ate up a little clock but didn't move the ball much before punting the ball back to Salisbury with just over two minutes to play in the first half.

The Panthers tried to air it out and mount one final drive before half but the Tigers defense would have nothing to do with that. Myers came up with his second quarterback sack of the game forcing the Panthers to punt with just seconds left in the half.

SCR-I knelt on the snap and headed to the locker room trailing 7-6. The Tigers were behind despite dominating the first half. Scotland County held the ball for 17 of the 24 minutes of the first half, out-gaining Salisbury 186-22 yards on offense in that time.

The Tigers took the kickoff and quickly learned the Salisbury defense had made some adjustments during the intermission. The running game up the middle was no longer there. The Tigers picked up a couple first downs through the air before being forced to punt.

The Tigers defense started where it left off, stuffing the Panthers first two run attempts setting up third down and 11. That's when Kruse aired one out down the right sideline. The Tigers appeared to have the pattern covered but the ball drifted just over the outstretched hands of the cornerback, falling into the receivers hands as the ball hit him in perfect stride as he strolled in for the 50 yard touchdown.

The kick was good, giving Salisbury a 14-6 lead.

Scotland County went to the air on the next possession. Holt found Curtis Cochran for a pair of first down completions. Holt also took care of the ball on the ground scrambling for another first down.

The Tigers ate up much of the third quarter as they marched down field. But the drive once again stalled in scoring position as SCR-I could not move the ball inside the 20-yard line, turning the ball over on downs with 2:16 left in the third period.

Salisbury mounted its only real drive of the game on the next possession. They held the ball through the start of the fourth quarter before finally being forced to punt.

The two teams then traded punts for the next five minutes before SCR-I got the ball back with four minutes to play.

The Tigers began to move the ball via the pass. Holt hit Stott with a couple short passes before the senior duo connected for a 25-yard completion thanks in part to a nice block by Cochran. The drive ended on fourth and long when the Holt pass was intercepted.

Salisbury took over with less than three minutes in the game. The Tigers stopped the drive and looked poised to get the ball back for one last shot at a tie when Green broke around the left side of the defense on third and long and sprinted down the sideline for a 52-yard touchdown to take the wind out of the Tigers sails. The PAT made the score 21-6.

The Tigers stayed the course and came back out with 1:15 to play. Holt hit Stott with a 14-yard screen pass followed up by a 13-yard completion across midfield. Holt then found Tim Buford who out jumped the defender, came down with a nice catch and took it 43-yards for the touchdown.

Holt ran through the Salisbury defense to score the two-point conversion to make the score 21-14. However the SCR-I on-side kick attempt failed and Salisbury ran out the clock on the 21-14 defeat.

Scotland County racked up 204 yards rushing. Talbert did the bulk of the damage with 98 yards on 19 carries. Dale had 32 yards on eight carries while Holt finished with 29 yards on nine carries. Jeff McBee took the ball 29 yards on 10 carries. Myers had 10 yards on three carries while Stott finished with four yards on one carry.

Holt completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for 154 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception. Stott was his favorite target with seven catches for 82 yards. Buford had the big 42-yard TD. Dale caught one pass for 20 yards while Cochran made two grabs for 14 yards.

Overall SCR-I amassed 358 yards of offense and 19 first downs.

On the other side, Salisbury managed just 158 yards of offense and four first downs. Green had eight carries for 65 yards including the 52-yard TD. White had 36 yards on 12 carries while Kruse had six yards on three carries. Kruse completed one of five passes for 50 yards and one TD.

The defense turned in a solid performance for the Tigers. Dale led the way with nine tackles. McBee had eight and Michael Lodewegen finished with six stops. Robbie Miller had seven tackles and one sack while Myers finished with five stops and two sacks.

SCR-I travels to North Shelby this Friday to open the Tri-Rivers Conference season.

Rutledge School Restoration Society Makes Plans to ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’

Street barricades are visible along the side street, tractors and other motor vehicles from yesteryear are being polished and shined, vendors are in their stations, the entertainment stage is set the whole city of Memphis MO is in a buzz – it is Scotland County Antique Fair Days!!

While you might be interested in attending the Vesper’s Service, Tailgate Party, Country Showdown, Quilt Show, Baby Contests and Crowning of the Fair Queen & King, or participating in the SCH 5K Walk/Run, save some energy for hailing on one of the most exciting parades of the season.

Walking down memory lane, visit the Downing/Boyer Houses, the railroad depot, the original county courthouse and, for sure, don’t miss seeing the Barnett Statue in its new location and notice the school bell from the Gorin R-III School District adorning a corner of the Boyer House Lawn.

There will be games for the kids, fun food for everyone, and special music throughout the next few days of August 23-27, 2017.

The Bingo tent will entertain folks as they rest awhile from touring the courthouse lawn.

Following the parade on Saturday, August 26, the Rutledge School Restoration Society will be ready and waiting to serve you a full- course pork meal from down under the old hickory tree in the Downing House Lawn. If you just want to enjoy a moment of calming pace in your life, drop by to have a glass of lemonade or tea and a large piece of country- baked pie or cake. You will most certainly enjoy visiting with folks you haven’t seen in awhile!

Extension to Offer Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training classes will be offered September 14 through December 7, 2017 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Kirksville. Classes will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener classes will cover a variety of horticulture topics including diseases, insects, soils & fertilizer, vegetables, fruit trees & shrubs, pruning, lawn care, flowers and landscaping. Some classes will have garden tours. To be a Master Gardener, you must attend 30 hours of classroom training AND provide 30 hours of volunteer service your first year after training.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 8. For more information and to register visit our website at or contact the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Deputy Jeremy Head Joins Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Novelty-native Jeremy Head has joined the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as a new deputy.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has added a new deputy to its law enforcement team. Sheriff Wayne Winn announced the hiring of Jeremy Head, who will be joining Winn and chief deputy Bryan Whitney as the department’s three full-time officers.

Head will fill the vacancy created by the official retirement of long-time highway patrolman Roger Gosney, who had been working part-time for the sheriff’s office as a deputy.

Head is returning to his northeast Missouri roots. He grew up in Novelty and attended school at Kirksville and Knox County. He entered the United States Army following graduation. He spent time as a truck driver following the service, before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He attended the Central Missouri Police Academy on the Campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Following completion of his training and certification, Head worked for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, near Kansas City for a year.

Head said he hoped to get back closer to home and was happy to have the opportunity in Scotland County, especially now that his father resides here.

He officially started with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, August 15th.

Alarm, Rapid Response Foil Pharmacy Burglary Attempt

Surveillance video caught a burglar attempting to gain entry into the Scotland County Pharmacy on August 16th.

The drive-thru window at the Scotland County Pharmacy proved to be closed for an unwelcomed early morning visitor on Wednesday, August 16th.

The security system at the pharmacy, located just off of Highway 136 near Shopko, was triggered at 2:45 a.m. when a burglar attempted to gain entry to the building by breaking out the glass in the drive-up window, on the east side of the building.

Surveillance video shows a single masked individual using a hand tool to break the glass and then carefully remove the pieces. Apparently the would-be burglar was not careful enough, as the actions ultimately set off the building’s alarm, which caused the burglar to calmly exit to the north, the direction from which he or she approached.

The security company contacted the Scotland County dispatch, and an officer from the Memphis Police Department was dispatched at 2:47 a.m., arriving on scene at 2:50 a.m.

“I want to say what an incredible job Bill Holland did,” said Pharmacy owner Matt McKee of the Memphis Police Chief. “He responded and was at the scene in minutes.”

McKee has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Holland stated the Police Department is following up on numerous tips. As of August 22nd no arrests have been made.

One such bogus lead has landed a Memphis man in trouble.

On August 19th, Charles J. Smart, 34, was ticketed for making a false report to the MPD in regards to the burglary. He is set to appear in the Scotland County Court on September 9th on the class B misdemeanor charge.

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society to Meet August 26th at Heartland 

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m., at the Solid Rock Café, located at Heartland Community, 2 miles south of Newark, Missouri on highway Rte. E. Attendees, please note that Route 156 just east of Newark is closed to traffic due to bridge repairs.

Sharon Harrison, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will conduct the business meeting

Lois Hunziker, Meg Glover, and Brent Karhoff will present a program titled “Newark:  A Hamlet With a History”.  Lois Hunziker is a Director of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, Meg Glover is the author of a history of Newark and Brent Karhoff is the president of the Knox County Historical Society.  The trio will be telling the history of Newark using old newspaper articles, letters and memoirs from Newark’s citizens of the past, especially those who lived during the time of the Civil War.

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society serves 14 counties in northeast Missouri and the quarterly meetings are scheduled at various locations to make it possible for the outlying members to attend.  The Society is dedicated to the collection of genealogy materials, both published and unpublished, for printing in the “Northeast Reporter”.  The 33 page quarterly is published each April, June, August and October.

The public and those interested in family research are welcome to attend. For information call (573) 221-7282.

Truck Driver Hurt When Semi Overturns on Highway 136

A Harris, MO truck driver suffered minor injuries after his semi overturned in Scotland County early on the morning of August 11th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William J. Miller, 37, was eastbound on Highway 136 in a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, approximately five miles west of Memphis. The semi overturned in the accident.

Miller sustained minor injuries and was transported to Scotland County Hospital by Scotland County Ambulance.

The vehicle sustained total damage and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Scotland County Ambulance.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, August 24 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, August 25 – Fish Fillets, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, August 28 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Veggie Salad, Green Beans, Watermelon and Cantaloupe

Tuesday, August 29 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisp

Wednesday, August 30 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Mixed Fruit

Thursday, August 31 – Swiss Steak, Hash Brown Casserole, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Bread, Pudding and Fruit


Thursday, August 24 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 – Center is rented.

Thursday, August 31 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, August 24 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, August 25 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, August 28 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 29 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 30 – Ham/Egg/Cheese Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, August 31 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, August 24 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, August 25 – Chicken Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Chocolate Ice Cream, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Monday, August 28 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Tri Potato Patty, Buttered Corn, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 29 – School Made Pizza, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 30 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Carrot Coins, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, August 31– Goulash, Mini Corn Dogs, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Local 4-H Youth Take Part In 2017 Missouri State Fair

Elsie Kigar gives a 4-H demonstration “How to Make Homemade Noodles” at the 2017 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

SEDALIA, MISSOURI —  On August 13, 2017, Elsie and Eli  Kigar from the Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H club in Scotland County presented demonstrations at the Missouri State Fair in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Elsie’s demonstration was entitled  “How to Make Homemade Noodles” while Eli gave a presentation entitled “How to Make A Dirt Hole Set for Trapping”.

The siblings were among the 300 youth selected to give a demonstration in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.  Missouri 4-H members compete at the county events in order to qualify for the State Fair 4-H Building demonstrations.

Demonstrations are a great way of sharing what the youth has learned in 4-H projects.  Preparing for a demonstration helps 4-H youth develop research, organization and communication skills.  Presenting a demonstration in front of a group helps 4-H youth build poise, confidence and public speaking skills.

For more information about the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program, contact Kristy Eggleston-Wood at the Scotland County Extension Center at 660-465-7255.

Eli Kigar receives his ribbon for being a presenter at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

Putnam County Stops SCR-I 3-2 in Softball Season Opener

Katie Feeney’s head-first slide into home just beats the tag as she scored on a wild pitch in the third inning to knot the score at 2-2.

Ashleigh Creek smashed the first strike she saw in her senior season for a solo home run on Monday night in Memphis, but it was not enough as Scotland County fell to Putnam County 3-2 in the 2017 season debut for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Midgets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a couple of base hits.

But Creek trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when she led off in the bottom of the second inning, crushing a line drive over the left field fence to make the score 2-1. Khloe Hamlin and Abby Blessing followed with base hits to give SCR-I a chance at a big inning, but both runners were stranded.

SCR-I erased a lead off error in the third when catcher Katie Feeney gunned down a would-be base stealer at second with a nice catch and tag by shortstop Khloe Hamlin.

The momentum carried over to the bottom of the third when Feeney led off with a base hit. She stole second base and moved into scoring position on a ground out by Kaitlyn McMinn. The sophomore then sprinted home and her head-first slide just avoided the tag on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2.

But Putnam County pulled ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A pair of singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs when a blooper fell in behind the mound and everyone was safe to make the score 3-2.

Creek worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding a pair of runners.

Unfortunately, SCR-I managed just one base runner over the final four innings, a two-out single by Creek in the sixth, as Putnam County held on for the 3-2 win.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit by pitch. She struck out eight in seven innings of work.

Sammi Bradshaw limited SCR-I to two runs on five hits while striking out five.

Creek went 2-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Feeney, Hamlin and Blessing recorded the other hits, all going 1-3.

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