October 4, 2001
Gares Is One Man Wrecking Crew As Clark County Beats SCR-I 20-8
The Scotland County football team ran into what must have seemed like a one-man wrecking crew Friday night as Clark County came to town and defeated the Tigers 20-8.
Kyle Gares ran the ball, returned kicks, caught passes and even handled the kicking and punting duty for the Indians as he helped lead his team to the Tri-Rivers Conference win.
The senior running back lived up to his jersey number, #1, as he proved to be the best talent SCR-I has seen all season, amassing more than 400-yards of total offense against the Tigers.
Gares broke the 0-0 tie in the first period when he returned a Scotland County punt 85 yards for the touchdown with 5:41 left in the first period. The extra point attempt failed leaving Clark County ahead 6-0
Scotland County had the ball less than a minute on the next possession before Clark County took over. The Indians wasted little time making the score 13-0. Gares set up the score with his ground work before quarterback Greg Nutter took the ball in from one-yard out. The PAT was good to make the score 13-0 with 46 seconds left in the first half.
The two teams traded punts to start the second period before Clark County added to the advantage. The score came on a diving catch by Gares as he laid out to grab the 31-yard TD pass from Nutter. The PAT made the lead 20-0 with 3:15 left in the first half.
The Tigers took away some of the momentum with a scoring drive that took just over two minutes as time ran out in the first half.
SCR-I got on the board when Aarron Holt found Curtis Cochran for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Holt then connected with Kirk Stott to make the two-point conversion and cut the deficit to 20-8 with less than 90 seconds to play in the first half.
That proved to be all the scoring on the night as both teams' defenses held the opposition in check for the final 24 minutes.
SCR-I managed just 10 first downs in the contest. Holt completed 12 of 20 passes for 93 yards and a score. He also was intercepted by, guess who, Gares.
Stott caught six passes for 44 yards. Cochran had two grabs for 25 yards and senior Tim Buford had a season high three receptions for 22 yards.
Jeff McBee had his best rushing game of the year, racking up 42 yards on 8 carries. Holt scrambled for 23 yards on four carries. The Indians held Jarrod Talbert to just 11 yards on nine attempts and Aaron Dale to just five yards on two carries.
Gares racked up 182 yards on 32 carries as the Indians ate up the clock in the second half with the ground game. He also had the one touchdown reception of 31 yards and 174 yards combined in punt and kickoff returns.
Nutter completed three of 10 passes for 50 yards and one interception. He also ran for 52 yards on 13 attempts. The rest of the team had a total of 30 yards.
The SCR-I defense was on the field for much of the contest. Joel Myers amassed 14 tackles and one quarterback sack to lead the Tigers. Stott added 12 tackles and an interception while Dale and McBee each had 10 stops. Robbie Miller and Talbert both had nine tackles.
The loss drops the Tigers to 2-3 on the season and to 2-2 in conference play.