November 27, 2003
Successful Season Earns Numerous Tigers All-Conference Football Honors
Four Scotland County Tigers were ranked among the top players in the Tri-Rivers Conference and a host of teammates were also honored when the All Conference football awards were announced last week.
Tim Robinson was the unanimous selection as the league’s best kicker. The junior made 21 of 22 extra point kicks this year and also booted field goals of 27-yards and 38-yards for the Tigers.
Running back Joel Myers was named first team all conference after leading the SCR-I ground attack. The senior amassed 1,333 yards on 264 carries during the year scoring 12 touchdowns along the way. He had his best game against North Shelby when he ran for 204 yards and three scores.
Myers did the bulk of his work behind a talented offensive line. Travis Onken was tabbed the top lineman for SCR-I by the conference coaches as he earned first team all conference honors.
Linebacker Aaron Dale rounded out the Tigers first team performers. Dale, a senior, anchored a talented defensive crew from his middle linebacker spot recording 97 tackles. He also had one interception and made seven tackles for losses.
The team’s offensive line received further recognition with both Andrew Bulen and Michael Garnett earning second team honors.
Wide receiver Clint Cottrell was named second team all conference after leading the Tigers with 30 receptions for 384 yards and two touchdowns.
The senior also was recognized on the defensive side of the ball, earning second team honors at defensive back. Cottrell made 53 tackles and led the team with six interceptions.
The defensive front placed three players on the awards list. Bulen was named second team defensive tackle after a season with 52 stops. Despite making 107 tackles in 2003 Onken was only second team at the defensive end position. Myers received honorable mention at the other defensive end spot where he made 68 tackles including 10 stops for losses.
Two other Scotland County linebackers were named to the honorable mention defensive team at probably the deepest position on the awards lists. Senior Kiel Fogle led the Tigers with 108 tackles, making a team high 21 solo stops. He also recorded five tackles for losses and made one interception.
The team’s spark plug, linebacker Jared Shelley was also named honorable mention, The junior backer accounted for 96 tackles and also had three interceptions in 2003.
Defensive back Carl Wittstock was the final defensive starter honored for Scotland County. The senior cornerback had 53 tackles and three picks to earn honorable mention.
Quarterback Danny Roach received honorable mention all–conference. The senior completed 66 of 170 passes for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Dale rounded out the offensive awards earning honorable mention at running back. Dale had 259 yards and two TD’s this year but was recognized as much for his blocking.
Scotland County finished third in the Tri-Rivers Conference with a 5-2 mark. Brookfield was the league champion with a 7-0 mark. Clark County finished in second at 6-1. Putnam County ended the year 4-3 ahead of Knox County 3-4, Milan, 5-2, Schuyler County 1-6 and North Shelby 0-7.
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