October 31, 2002

Defense, Special Teams, Usher Tigers JV To Win

Defense and special teams played a big part as the Scotland County junior varsity team improved to 6-1 this season with a 42-14 victory against North Shelby October 21.

North Shelby stopped the Tigers on the opening possession but it took only two plays for the defense to get the ball back as Carl Wittstock intercepted the North Shelby pass.

The Tigers capitalized on the next play when Wittstock hauled in the Danny Roach pass for a 35-yard touchdown. Roach hit Thomas Miller with a pass to complete the two-point conversion.

The score remained 8-0 until early in the second period. Roach threw his second TD pass of the game, teaming up with Wittstock again for a 25-yard TD. Jason Findling caught a Roach pass for the two-point conversion making the score 16-0.

That's where the score remained until the third period. SCR-I opened the second half with the ball and took just four plays to add to the lead. Jeremy Hinds took the handoff up the middle and went 19 yards for the score. Roach threw to Wittstock for the two-point play to extend the margin to 24-0.

On the next series Miller intercepted a North Shelby pass attempt and returned it 40 yards for a TD. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Tigers on top 30-0.

The defense quickly got the ball back for SCR-I. After a Jon Keller quarterback sack, Wittstock made his second interception of the night.

Findling made the score 36-0 when he took a reverse and ran 30 yards to the endzone.

The score remained 36-0 until the fourth quarter when North Shelby mounted a rally. The Raiders scored back-to-back touchdowns to pull within 36-14.

SCR-I got the momentum back on the ensuing kickoff as Miller picked up the ball and returned it 50 yards for the TD. That was the final tally as SCR-I recorded the 42-14 win.

Keller, Joe Talbert, Greg Neagle and Karl Snyder recorded sacks to lead the SCR-I defense. Wittstock had the two interceptions along with Miller's pick.

"Offensively we played well to go along with an awesome defensive performance that equaled an overall great game," said Coach Nathan Pippert.

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