October 11, 2001

Tigers Bring Home Clyde Trophy For Sixth Straight Season

Since its inception six years ago, the Kyle Peterson Memorial Trophy has never left the possession of the Scotland County R-I school system. The 2001 version of the Scotland County football team made sure the "Clyde" trophy would stay put for yet another year as the Tigers defeated Knox County 14-0 October 5 to mark the sixth consecutive win over the Eagles.

It took all but five seconds of the first quarter for the Tigers to break on to the scoreboard. Knox County took the opening kickoff and quickly posed a threat with a strong return. The Eagles moved the chains once before turning the ball over on downs at the 39-yard line.

Things were not much better for SCR-I. The Tigers went three and out and were forced to punt.

After a strong defensive stand by the Tigers the offense started making progress. Aaron Dale gave the Tigers good field position with a strong punt return. Jarrod Talbert moved the chains with a long run.

But the drive stalled at the 24 yard line and the Tigers turned the ball over on downs with 3:26 left in the first quarter.

Knox County didn't keep the ball long as the Eagles fumbled the opening snap and Jeff McBee pounced on the loose ball.

SCR-I moved the ball quickly as Aarron Holt hit Kirk Stott with an 11-yard pass. Dale then took the ball to the five-yard line with a tough run as he ran over several Knox County defenders. That set-up a one-yard touchdown run by Joel Myers with five seconds left to play in the first period. The point after attempt was no good.

The Tigers defense continued the strong first half performance, forcing Knox County to punt after just three plays. The booming kick backed the Tigers up to the 15 yard line.

That didn't seem to bother SCR-I as the team mounted an 85-yard scoring drive that ate up most of the second period.

The drive almost didn't happen as the Tigers faced fourth down and inches at their own 30-yard line. Coach Dave Shalley made the gusty call to go for it after his team told him they could make the play.

After Holt hit Curtis Cochran on an 11-yard pass play, Dale took over with back-to-back long runs that ate up a total of 30 yards. Holt then hit Kirk Stott for another first down before Jeff McBee carried the ball to the five yard line. Holt took the ball in on a quarterback option at the 5:58 mark. The Tigers used the same play on the two-point conversion and Holt pitched the ball to Dale who sprinted into the end zone to make the score 14-0.

Neither team mounted much offense until the final seconds of the half, as the two teams combined for four punts in less than five minutes.

The Tigers got one final shot at the scoreboard when Cochran intercepted the Knox County pass with 22 seconds on the clock. SCR-I gave the Knox County crowd a scare when Holt scrambled away from the Eagles blitz and heaved a long pass down field to Dale, who had got behind the defense. The play covered 48-yards and moved the ball to the 18-yard line where SCR-I called time out with just two ticks left on the clock. But it was not to be as the Tigers were denied on the next play, yet still went to the locker room on top 14-0.

The Tigers defense dominated the first half, allowing Knox County just two first downs while limiting the Eagles to just 62 yards of total offense.

The tables turned in the second half as SCR-I managed just three offensive plays after the opening kickoff before punting. Knox County then marched the ball all the way down field in a time-consuming drive that saw the ball reach the seven yard line where the Eagles had it first and goal.

But four tries was not enough to break through the Tigers defense as Knox County was denied and SCR-I took over at the two-yard line as time was running out on the third period.

SCR-I got some breathing room behind the running of Talbert and Dale. Faced with a third and long situation Holt once again eluded the Eagles blitz and threw on the run, connecting with Tim Buford for the first down. Myers moved the chains with 13-yards on the draw play. But the Eagles pass rush finally took its toll as Holt was second on back-to-back plays, forcing a Tigers punt with 8:48 left to play.

The Eagles once again mounted a long drive that moved the ball past mid field. But a bad snap on third and long allowed Robbie Miller to chase down the Eagles quarterback for a sack and force a punt on fourth down and 25 yards to go with just 4:11 left on the clock.

SCR-I basically ran out the clock on the remainder of the game. Holt picked up a first down with a long scramble. Myers followed that up with a first down up the middle to take the clock to the two-minute mark. A key holding penalty backed the Tigers up 10 yards. McBee got most of that back on a strong run around the right side as he ran over several Knox County defenders. But the drive ended on 4-14 when Myers was stopped after an 11-yard run.

Knox County took over with just 22 seconds left in the game but it was short lived as Chase Moore intercepted the Eagles first pass attempt as time ran out on the contest.

The Tigers featured four backs that racked up more than 30 yards of rushing led by Dale's 51 yards on 10 carries. Talbert had 13 carries for 31 yards while Myers finished with 30 yards on just six attempts. Holt amassed 48 yards of rushing as he carried the ball a season-high 11 times. He completed eight of 15 pass attempts for 92 yards. Dale had the big catch, the 48-yard play. Stott had three receptions for 27 yards. McBee caught two passes and Buford and Cochran each had one grab.

McBee led the Tigers defense with 16 tackles. Stott finished with 12 stops while Miller added 11, including two for losses. Dale also finished with 11 tackles.

The win improves the Tigers to 3-3 on the season and 3-2 in Tri-Rivers Conference play. The Tigers will travel to Highland October 12 in the final tune-up prior to the start of district play.

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