September 19, 2002

Marceline Plays Friday The 13th Villain To Tigers Football Team



Quarterback Curtis Cochran cuts the option inside as he tries to break past the Marceline defenders during Friday night football action at Scotland County R-I High School.

It wasn't your typical hack and slash Friday the Thirteenth show but the results were just as scary for the Scotland County football team which saw its record drop to 0-2 on a night that saw most of the Tigers competition in the Tri-Rivers Conference get on the winning track.

For the second straight week Scotland County ran into a tough non-conference foe as Marceline traveled to Memphis and handed the Tigers a convincing 33-6 defeat.

The only thing stopping the visiting team early on was itself as Marceline was hurt by penalties. The MU look-a-likes had a 51-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game called back on a holding penalty.

That only prolonged the drive by Marceline, which quickly ate up the field position in big chunks behind a massive offensive line led by all-state candidate Greg Harrison (#54). Marceline ultimately got into the endzone on a four-yard run by Reece Switzer. Harrison made the point after attempt to put the visitors on top 7-0 with 8:23 left to play in the first period.

The yellow hankies continued to daunt Marceline as back-to-back offsides penalties gave SCR-I its first first down of the game. That was the only time the Tigers moved the chains on the opening possession however as a fumbled pitch attempt backed the Tigers way up and forced a punt.

Marceline took over and quickly picked up a 15-yard run from quarterback Scotty Wolfskill but the Tigers defense held from there and forced a punt that went into the endzone for a touchback.

Aaron Dale started the second possession with a six-yard gain for the Tigers. SCR-I then lost a yard on second down before an incomplete pass ended the possession with a punt.

Marceline moved the ball behind the ground game of running back Zack Neblock but ultimately put the points on the board through the air. Wolfskill connected with tight end Nathan Brownwell for a 36-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick by Harrison was good pushing the Marceline lead to 14-0 with over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The third time looked like the charm for Scotland County as the offense got rolling on the third possession of the contest. Joel Myers rambled for nine yards on first down. After Dale picked up the first down another offsides penalty on Marceline gave SCR-I the ball first and five.

Coach Brent Bondurant took advantage of the opportunity and looked for the immediate strike by calling for the pass play. Clint Cottrell made an outstanding grab to haul in the 37-yard completion despite tough coverage on the play.



Clint Cottrell hauls in the pass as the Marceline defender wraps him up.

Myers again picked up good yardage on the first down. However the Marceline defense came alive and stopped the Tigers on fourth and one at the 12 yard line, turning the ball over on downs for SCR-I and ending a big scoring chance.

Marceline started right where it left off as Neblock busted back-to-back runs of more than 10 yards each to move the ball close to midfield. Coach Bondurant called a timeout and used the stoppage to challenge his defense to step up their play.

The strategy worked as the Tigers held on the next three plays forcing a Marceline punt.

Unfortunately the momentum did not carry over on offense where Scotland County could not pick up a first down and went three and out, punting the ball back to Marceline.

A clipping penalty backed Marceline up to start the drive. But three straight runs of 10 yards or more quickly had the team in scoring position at the 29-yard line. But the flags kept falling and a holding call stalled the drive making it first down and 20 yards to go. The Tigers stopped the Marceline screen play for a short gain and then broke up a pair of pass attempts to force a punt.



Linebacker Jared Shelley fights off a block as he tries to pounce on a fumble by the Marceline runningback during the game September 13 in Memphis.
Scotland County took over at the 13-yard line with 3:32 left in the first half. Dale moved the chains with a couple solid runs. That didn't stop the Marceline sidelines from using all three of its timeouts trying to get the ball back one last time.

The strategy seemed to work as the Tigers drive stalled and SCR-I was forced to punt. Ultimately it backfired as the kick returner muffed the punt and it was recovered by Scotland County at the 30-yard line.

The Tigers barely got the first down on fourth and inches on the quarterback sneak by Curtis Cochran. That set up the next play a 20-yard pass completion from Cochran to Cottrell for the touchdown. Marceline blocked the PAT kick by Tim Robinson, making the score 14-6 at the intermission.

The momentum carried over for the Tigers to start the second half. On the first play from scrimmage Cochran kept the ball on the option and broke free around the right end covering 41 yards before he was tripped up.

That was as close as SCR-I could get going three more plays before punting.

The defense came out strong for Scotland County backing Marceline up on its first possession of the half and forcing the punt.

The turnover bug bit Scotland County on the next possession. Cochran found receiver Joe Talbert across the middle between two defenders. Talbert made a tough catch but the ball came loose as he was immediately hit on the play. Marceline picked up the fumble and returned it to the 31-yard line.

Marceline looked poised to blow the game but fumbled the ball away at the two-yard line where Scotland County took over. The Tigers could not mount any offense under the shadow of the goal line and narrowly escaped a safety before Robinson punted the ball out of trouble as time ran out on the third quarter.

Marceline made it 20-6 when Wolfskill connected with Ben Mosler for a five-yard TD pass. Cochran blocked the PAT kick.

Jared Shelley gave Scotland County good field position with a solid kick return. But the Tigers could not take advantage of it as the Marceline pass defense held the Tigers to three incompletions followed by a punt.

Switzer quickly put Marceline in scoring position once again as he broke a 62-yard run. Cottrell made a touchdown-saving tackle bringing down the Marceline back at the 13-yard line.

The junior defensive back stopped the drive for good three plays later as he intercepted a pass in the endzone.

Marceline returned the favor four plays later intercepting a Cochran pass and returning it to the 25-yard line.

The visiting team took advantage of the turnover as Wolfskill threw his third TD pass of the game, hitting receiver Blake Weese for a 27-yard scoring completion. The PAT failed leaving the score 26-6 in favor of Marceline.

The SCR-I offense turned the ball over for the second straight possession as Cochran scrambled and tried to find a receiver before fumbling to give Marceline the ball at the 14-yard line.

Marceline brought in the junior varsity offense with 5:09 left to play and the Tigers defense stopped them on four downs to get the ball back.

The Tigers turned the ball over one final time, fumbling the snap on a punt attempt allowing Marceline to take over just yards from the final score. Chuck Core punched it in from five yards out. Harrison made the PAT kick to make the final score 33-6.

Marceline racked up 19 first downs on the night behind nearly 300 yards on the ground. Switzer had 159 yards on 19 carries while Neblock had 97 yards on 19 attempts. Wolfskill completed seven of 14 passes for 93 yards. He had three TD's and one interception. The lone negative was the 10 penalties for 75 yards.

The Tigers rushed for 89 yards, with nearly half that total coming on one play by Cochran. The senior QB ran for 49 yards on five carries. Dale was held to 16 yards on 16 attempts. Myers had 12 yards on six attempts.

Cochran completed five of 18 passes for one TD and one interception. Cottrell caught three passes for 64 yards. Talbert had one grab for 16 yards and Dale caught one pass for 11 yards.

Eric Long topped the Tigers defensive performance with 11 tackles. Brett Masden had 10 stops while Dale added nine. Cottrell and Myers each made eight tackles and Cochran had seven stops.

Happy Red Hatters Meet in Memphis

The Happy Red Hatters of Downing, MO had lunch at the Scotland County Nutrition Center in Memphis on August 10, 2017.

 The hostess was Carolyn Schmitter, Those present were Bette Herbert, Marilyn Blessing, Betty Anderson, Arlene Stice, Carolyn Schmitter, Margaret Mobley, Louise Newland, Rosalie Kinney, and Maudie Oliver.

 The September 7, 2017 meeting will be held at the Downing Appreciation Days Building.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Monday, August 21 – French Toast Sticks, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 22 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 23 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

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

Lunch

Monday, August 21 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Potato Rounds, Pork and Beans, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 22 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Buttered Corn, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 23 – Pork Choppette, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, California Blend Vegetables, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

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

Local Students Graduate With Honors From MU

Kathryn Mary Howard of Memphis was among the 2017 spring graduates at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Howard graduated with Cum Laude honors with a Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Jeremy Wiggins of Kahoka graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, BSBA with an emphasis in management as well as an undergraduate certificate and multicultural studies certificate.

Avery Shultz Selected to Perform with National FFA Band at 2017 National Convention & Expo

Avery Shultz, a member of the Memphis FFA chapter in Memphis, Missouri will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 25-28 during the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Shultz, a sophomore and the daughter of Trent and Amy Shultz, has been selected to play flute in the National FFA Band.

Shultz submitted an audition tape and was selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants nationwide.

The National FFA Band will perform several times during the national convention and expo.

Shultz will join fellow band members in Indianapolis for rehearsals three days before the convention and expo begins. Dow Agrosciences sponsors the National FFA Band.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,353 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

St. Louis Group Searches for Historic Civil War Battle Site

Members of the Gateway Metal Detecting Club of St. Louis display their first find of the day, what is believed to be a Union bullet, during a recent search in the Bible Grove area for the site of the Civil War Battle of Vassar Hill. Bible Grove resident Jordan Dunn (left) helped facilitate the recent outing.

More than 150 years ago the sounds of gunfire rang out across the hills and valleys of southern Scotland County as America’s Civil War found its way to rural northeast Missouri in the form of the Battle of Vassar Hill.

While the struggle isn’t found in most Civil War history books as the 28 confirmed casualties didn’t likely have much impact on the war’s outcome, it remains an interesting part of local history.

In an effort to help confirm some of the lore surrounding the fighting, members of the St. Louis Metal Detecting Club recently visited the Bible Grove area in search of artifacts that might help determine the actual battle sites.

Bible Grove resident Jordan Dunn, who took part in the search process, shared some of the history surrounding the county’s Civil War conflict.

“Fifteen miles south of Memphis, near the town of Bible Grove, there was a skirmish fought between Confederate and Union troops on July 18, 1862,” he said. “Confederate riders had set out from Memphis and rode south, where they would set up an ambush on the old Memphis-Kirksville road.”

Dunn, who is a history major at Truman State University in Kirksville, spent this summer doing an internship at the Missouri Civil War Museum in St. Louis.

Dunn said the battle began as the 125-man Confederate force dug into Vassar Hill, waiting for the 280 Union soldiers to cross the North Fabius River and fall into their attack.

History tells that with each series of volleys, the Confederate men would fall back to a new defensive position and wait for the Union commander to order another advance. For two hours this went on, the valley filling with smoke, men and horses being killed or wounded.

“Finally the Union commander ordered his men back, believing the Confederate force that he faced to be far superior in number than the reality,” said Dunn.

Union casualties numbered 23 in total with an additional 60 being wounded, compared to the five killed or wounded for the Confederate army.

But inconsistent reports and stories have left the actual location of the Battle of Vassar Hill up for debate.

“Because of the conflicting records there is a chance that the main location of the fighting has yet to be detected,” said Dunn.

Matt Brewer helped facilitate the operation, granting permission for the searchers to access the Brewer farm, while also sharing some of the many different versions of the history, which highlighted no fewer than three possible locations to focus the efforts upon.

Dunn and his family members, including his grandfather Keith, joined the club members, scouring over approximately 20 acres of land. They discovered two Union bullets and four other mini-balls, leading them to believe that more searching could lead to the discovery of where this battle took place over 150 years ago.

Memphis License Office Set to Reopen August 22nd Under New Management

After nearly four months without a local option for driver’s license renewals and motor vehicle registrations, Scotland County will be back in business starting next week.

The Office of Administration, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Revenue, has awarded the management contract for the Memphis License Office to Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping and Tax.

The four-month downtime notwithstanding, the transition will be fairly simple for customers. The office will continue to be operated at 338 S. Clay Street, adjacent to the bookkeeping and tax office.

Eggleston stated the office would be open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first day of business will be Tuesday, August 22nd.

All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process through the Missouri Department of Revenue.

According to Michelle Gleba, the state agency’s director of communications, the bid process opened June 1 and ran through June 29 and was handled via the state’s eProcurement System website, where prospective bidders could learn of the availability and generate a bid for the job.

The office officially closed on April 27th. During the approximately four-month period it was not available, Scotland County residents were forced to travel to other area license offices to handle business, with the closest locations being Kahoka, Edina and Kirksville.

Gleba reported that in fiscal year 2016, more than 13,800 transactions were conducted at the Memphis office, generating $45,764 in contractor processing fees.       All local license offices are overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue, but each is operated by an independent contractor

New Aviation Collection to Highlight Pheasant Airplane Display During 2017 Antique Fair

A new collection of aviation materials is now on display at the Wiggins Family Museum as part of the Pheasant Airplane display. Jack White’s Corner will officially be announced as part of the exhibit during the 2017 Antique Fair festivities next week.

New to the Pheasant Airplane exhibit this year is an extensive aviation collection donated by Jack White of Palmyra. White, who served in the United States Air Force with Scotland County resident Bob Hunolt, took an interest in the historic aircraft manufactured in Scotland County after attending the unveiling ceremony when the original plane was brought back to Memphis five years ago.

The exhibit features numerous books, magazines, and periodicals as well as two display cases of various model aircraft.

The Museum will be open Thursday and Friday during the Antique Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Zelda Keith Memorial Quilt will also be on display at the museum as the raffle ticket drive draws to a conclusion. Tickets will be on sale for the raffle during the Antique Fair, with the drawing set to be held Saturday night, August 26th at the Antique Fair finale.

Seniors Creek, See Looking to Lead Lady Tigers to Elusive Playoff Berth

The Lady Tigers are hoping for plenty of celebrations like this one when they greeted Ashleigh Creek following one of her six home runs in 2016. SCR-I will look to Creek and fellow senior Stevi See (R to L) in helmets) to lead them in 2017.

An upset win over Canton in district semifinals a year ago boosted Scotland County’s softball team one step closer to the state playoffs. But the Lady Tigers fell to Knox County 2-0 in the title game, and the elusive district championship and berth in the state tourney once again  evaded SCR-I.

Will 2017 be the year? A pair of Lady Tigers seniors are hoping so. It will be the final shot for four year starter Ashleigh Creek who will toe the rubber for her final high school season, tossing to her battery mate and three-year starter Stevie See behind the plate.

The talented duo will be leaned upon heavily by coach Cory Shultz if the Lady Tigers hope to extend the season into the playoffs.

They have the talent to do it. Creek posted a miniscule 1.30 ERA a year ago, tossing 151 innings, allowing just 106 hits. She struck out 166 batters while walking 27.

She also handled the bat very well, posting a .346 batting average while bopping six home runs and driving in 29 runs.

See led Scotland County with a .350 batting average while hitting eight doubles and a home run and was second on the squad with 20 RBIs.

The duo will be backed by a completely new infield in 2017, as Shultz will have to replace three graduates who also filled a big part of the top of the lineup surrounding Creek and See. Gone are third baseman Chelsea Wood, first baseman Maddie Brassfield and shortstop Abi Feeney.

Feeney batted just .228 on the year but her bat came to life in the playoffs, when she went 3-4 in the upset win over Canton. Her glove will be the bigger loss, as she helped anchor the infield defense behind Creek.

Wood batted .306, overcoming a slow start to be one of the team’s more feared bats down the stretch. Brassfield  hit .214 on the year, hitting fifth behind Creek in the lineup.

In the preseason, Shultz has kept his lineups pretty fluid, moving a lot of players around on the diamond trying to determine his best defensive lineups.

Junior Khloe Hamlin looks poised to capture the starting shortstop role. Katie Feeney, who started at second base as a freshman, may move across the diamond to man the hot corner to replace Wood. She hit .308 in her debut season, and may take over for her sister in the leadoff spot in 2017.

Filling her spot at second base early on the preseason has been Julie Long, the team starting right fielder last year. Brassfield will be replaced by Madie Bondurant at first base.

Kaylyn Anders will return to handle the left field job alongside Abby Blessing who returns to start in center field. Anders batted .250 a year ago and will be counted on to replace some of the production in the middle of the order.

Freshman Kylee Stott is in the mix for the right field job along with Kaitlyn McMinn, Hailey Darcy and Morgan Blessing.

SCR-I went 14-11 a year ago, with a 4-4 mark in the Lewis and Clark Conference.

The Lady Tigers will open the season on Monday, August 21st, hosting Putnam County. Clark County will come to town on Thursday, August 24th.

VFW Auxiliary Holds August Meeting

Antique Days is coming up so break out those white pants. Those members marching in the parade will meet at the post at 9:30 on August 26th.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the meeting in September will be moved to the 11th. Join us then at 6:30 at the post.

There will be no stagette this month, but get your appetites ready for details about the co-ed dinner in September.

Scotland County School Foundation

Dear Mr. Editor:

We are writing on behalf of the Scotland County School Foundation. During the past school year we were able to provide four students from Scotland County High School financial assistance to earn college credits through community colleges. This was accomplished through generous donations from local civic groups and individuals who were willing to invest in the future of students with financial need. Our committee has specific guidelines to award the scholarships. The requirements consider financial need through the free and reduced lunch eligibility, above average attendance, above average grades, and recommendations from faculty and community members.

This year we are again seeking donations to fund the dual credit program through the Scotland County School Foundation. The Foundation is a tax deductible 501c program that allows contributions to be earmarked for specific programs. We are hoping that any person or group will join us in contributing to the dual credit scholarship fund. We are not asking for specific amounts, but would be most appreciative of any donation.  If you could make a tax deductible donation, please send a check payable to “Scotland County School Foundation” in care of Ellen Aylward, 367 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri   63555.

Any support will be highly appreciated by us and the students that receive the scholarships. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by phone or talk to a Scotland County School Foundation member.

Respectfully,
Rhonda McBee and Julie Clapp

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