October 3, 2002

Tigers Prevail 6-0 Over Milan To Bring Home First Win Of Season

It was a defensive struggle but the Scotland County football team prevailed 6-0 over Milan September 27 to bring home the team's first victory of 2002.

"We played extremely well on defense the entire game," said coach Brent Bondurant. "The defense made some big plays. We bent but didn't break, keeping Milan out of the endzone for the whole game."

Scotland County scored on the first play of the second quarter when running back Joel Myers broke away for a 19-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion pass was dropped in the endzone leaving the Tigers ahead just 6-0 with 11:53 left in the second period.

"Joel made a really nice run for the TD," Bondurant said. The play started out to the right but he stopped and made a great cutback to the left to get by the Milan defense."

That capped off a dominating first quarter, which had the Tigers looking as if they might blow the game wide open. But the offense could not put together any other big scores to cap off a scoring drive.

It didn't matter as the stingy defensive performance continued all night. The Tigers held Milan to just 11 first downs in the game. The Wildcats managed only 79 yards rushing in the game.

"Our defensive line played real well, stopping any type of ground game they tried to throw at us," Bondurant stated. "By stuffing them up front we made them rely on the passing game a little more than I felt they wanted to."

Milan completed just eight of 27 pass attempts for 70 yards. Clint Cottrell picked off a pass late in the contest to end Milan's last chance at a score.

The team had a solid defensive performance despite missing several starters. Linebacker Eric Long missed the game due to an arm injury. Five other Tigers players were benched for the first quarter after showing up late for the bus.

Aaron Dale led the defense with 13 tackles including a pair of quarterback sacks. The big performance came in the sophomores first game after a switch from linebacker to noseguard.

Defensive tackle Brett Masden had 10 tackles as did defensive end Travis Onken while Myers made nine tackles from the other end position. Linebacker Kiel Fogle had a solid game in Long's stead, finishing with six stops in his first start of the year.

While the defense held Milan to just 149 yards, the Tigers offense did not manage much more. In fact SCR-I had just 10 first downs on the night.

Myers finished the game with 80 yards on 18 carries in his first game at tailback. Dale had six carries for 49 yards after being moved to fullback. Tim Robinson ran for 42 yards on nine attempts as the team totaled 186 yards rushing on the night.

Quarterback Curtis Cochran completed three of 10 pass attempts for 42 yards. The bulk of that came on a 37-yard pass play to Chase Moore. Dale and Fogle each had one reception.

The Tigers improve to 1-3 heading into a key contest at Clark County on October 5. The Indians are 2-2 on the year and are coming off a big win over North Shelby. The Indians had defeated Milan 13-7 in the previous week after dropping the first two games to Brookfield and Putnam County.

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