September 11, 2003

Tigers Drop Season Opener To Salisbury

All 28 points came through the air in the Friday night season opener for the Scotland County football team. Unfortunately 20 of the 28 points were scored by the opposition as the Tigers were out-dueled 20-8.

Salisbury struck first with a 29-yard pass from Stock to Humphrey. The point after attempt was good to make the score 7-0 in the first period.

The Tigers defense was up to the challenge the rest of the first half getting key contributions from linebackers Aaron Dale and Jared Shelley. SCR-I was able to keep the Panthers running game under control for most of the contest.

The Tigers simply needed to eliminate the big plays. Salisbury struck with another long scoring pass in the third period as Stock found Green for a 19-yard TD completion. The PAT kick was no good leaving Salisbury on top 13-0.

SCR-I went to the air in the fourth period and it provided a pair of scores. Unfortunately the first was for Salisbury as Stock picked off a Danny Roach pass and returned it 26 yards for the score. The PAT kick was good to expand the lead to 20-0.

SCR-I broke through late in the fourth period as Roach hit Dale for a 59-yard scoring pass. The senior QB then connected with Clint Cottrell for the two-point conversion but it was not enough as the Panthers went on to the victory.

SCR-I struggled to get the running game going against the bigger front line of the Panthers. Joel Myers carried the ball 14 times for 52 yards. Tim Robinson had six carries for 21 yards as the Tigers were limited to 104 yards on 30 tries for just three yards a carry.

That forced SCR-I to go to the air a little more than the team had wanted to. Roach completed six of 19 passes for 119 yards and was intercepted three times. Cottrell caught five of the six passes for 69 yards with Dale hauling in the 59-yard TD pass.

Dale and Shelley each had 12 tackles on the night to lead the SCR-I defense. Travis Onken also had 12 stops and combined with Kiel Fogle for the Tigers lone sack of the night. Fogle had 11 tackles including two stops behind the line of scrimmage to go along with the half sack. Myers finished with 10 tackles and Andrew Bulen had nine.

Scotland County had nine first downs on the evening while amassing 223 yards of offense. Salisbury had 12 first downs on 289 yards of total offense. The Panthers did not turn the ball over compared to the three SCR-I turnovers.

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