November 7, 2002

Tigers Set To Meet Eagles In District 16 Title Game

It may have been a case of looking past one's opponent or trying not to show scouts too much heading into the district championship game next weekend, but both the Scotland County and Knox County football teams struggled in week two of the district playoffs before finally dispatching their opponents.

The week before Scotland County had easily dispatched North Shelby 34-0 while Knox County defeated the Rams 35-7. Considering the results of week one, its easy to see that both teams may have been looking past their week two games towards what was expected to be the district championship game the following Friday night.

With the Tigers vs. Rams game played on Friday night and the Knox County vs. North Shelby game on Saturday afternoon, its also possible that neither team wanted to show to much to the opposing coaches who were definitely in the stands taking in the other's games.

Regardless of the reasoning and despite neither team presenting its top performance of the season, the stage was still set for the district title game Friday, November 8 in Memphis.

Both teams look to have their work cut out for them stopping the opponents running game. SCR-I has turned to Joel Myers as its main weapon with Eric Long, Aaron Dale, Tim Robinson and Jared Shelley all seeing action, particularly when the team goes to its T-Bone three back offense.

Knox County has a similar attack led by Nick Hettinger, who rushed for 210 yards on 21 carries against North Shelby. Michael Prebe also gets his share of carries while Ty Parrish and Ladon Force both see time at quarterback.

The main difference may be the Tigers passing game. Cochran had a good game in the win over Schuyler County. The Eagles on the other hand did not complete a pass in the game against North Shelby. In the Eagles defense, SCR-I only completed five of 13 passes for 60 yards a week earlier against North Shelby as the ground game was getting the job done.

The District 16 title game will provide a championship team to move onto the state playoffs to face the winner of District 15. But that's not all that's at stake in the final Friday night of the regular season. Scotland County will celebrate senior night recognizing all senior football players, band members and cheerleaders along with their parents. The winner also will secure a third place finish in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Top all of that off with the traveling trophy for the 6th Annual Clyde Game.

So the winning team will win the Kyle Peterson "Clyde" Memorial Trophy, will secure third place in the conference and most importantly will live on to play another football game in 2002.

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