September 11, 2003

Young Tigers Lose Heartbreaker

Saturday night was a nail biter in Kahoka as the Tiger Cub fifth and sixth grade football team more than held its own against a tough Clark County team before losing 14-6 on a last second play.

The Cubs rushed for more than 250 yards in the defeat. Scotland Countyís defense was very tough allowing very few first downs to the Indians all night long.

The Indians got on the board first late in the second quarter when they ran about 40 yards off tackle on a linebacker blitz by the Tigers. The two-point conversion was stopped cold and at the half the score was 6-0 Indians.

Scotland County kicked off to start the third quarter and held the Indians once more. It was towards the end of the third quarter when linebacker Kyle Shelley laid the hit of the game on the Indians quarterback and gave the tigers a lot of momentum on defense and ultimately led to the Indians punting to the Tigers.

Scotland County then took charge again on offense starting on its own 40-yard line. Driving into Indian territory the third period ended with Scotland County on the move.

Early in the fourth quarter, on the same drive, Trever Harris made the block of the game when he made a key down field block for Brandon Garnett who sprinted 40 yards around the right end on a quarterback bootleg for a Tiger touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good and with five minutes left the score was tied 6-6.

Scotland County kicked off and held the Indians again. They then marched down the field again getting stalled out on fourth down around the Indians 35-yard line with 40 some seconds left in the game. They then held the Indians on first and second down but on third down and 23 seconds left to go the Indians quarter back completed a pass to his receiver that went down the sideline 60 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and with 10 seconds left the score was 14-6.

Several tigers touched the ball and leading all rushers was Caleb Hunt who amassed over 100 yards on the ground.

The fifth grade game was just as dramatic as the first as Scotland fought to a 12-12 tie. On the Tigers first possession Sabe Sears covered 30 yards off left tackle for the Tigers first score.

Then the Indians scored two unanswered times to take a 12-6 lead against the Tigers. With 15 seconds left and the crowds leaving Dakota Wells took the ball up the middle and then cut back to the outside and ran 30 yards for the tying score and once more the night had a dramatic finish.

The Tigers will play this Saturday evening at Tiger Field against the North Shelby fifth and sixth graders.

ďIf youíre looking for something to do Saturday night come cheer these guys on, I think you will enjoy it and it will be encouraging for them to see the stands full,Ē said coach Chris Harris. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Chris Harris

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