September 16, 2004
Tigers Ground Falcons 28-0 In Football Home Opener
Falcons are supposed to soar, but it was the Scotland County Tigers that were flying high in the team’s home opener September 10 as SCR-I demolished the Wayne of Corydon Falcons 28-0.
The Falcons took the ball on the opening kick off and had little to do with the SCR-I defense, which stuffed three straight Wayne running plays to force a punt.
After struggling a bit in week #1 on offense, the Tigers got things rolling immediately behind the running attack. Senior tailback Tim Robinson moved the chains for a pair of first downs on the ground. Quarterback Marcus Shalley then hit Matt Wickert on a third-down pass play for another first down.
But the drive bogged down in the red zone, as SCR-I could not punch the ball into the end zone, turning possession over to Wayne on the three-yard line where the Falcons defense held on fourth down.
The Tigers defense kept Wayne pinned in the bad field position, forcing the Falcons punter to kick from his own end zone.
Scotland County got on the scoreboard on this second possession of the contest when Shalley and Wickert hooked up again. The sophomores combined for a 20-yard TD pass to the corner of the end zone where Wickert made a nice diving grab. Robinson’s PAT kick was no good, leaving the score 6-0 with 2:46 left in the first quarter.
After a good kick return gave the Falcons the ball near midfield, the Tigers defense backed Wayne up before Wickert caught his third pass of the game, this time from the Wayne quarterback. The SCR-I safety picked off the pass and returned the interception to the 41-yard line.
The Tigers gave the ball right back to Wayne when Joe Talbert broke through the Falcons defense for an excellent run before the ball was stripped. Wayne recovered the fumble at the 47-yard line.
Talbert helped his team get the ball back as he chased down Falcons’ quarterback Logan Schick and dragged him down from behind for the quarterback sack, forcing another Wayne punt.
Jared Shelley gave the home team excellent field position as he nearly broke the punt return for a touchdown. He was wrestled down by a Falcon defender near midfield.
That set up the second Tiger score. Shalley hit tight end Colby Brown with a 13-yard pass play to move the chains. The rushing attack took over from there. Robinson moved the ball downfield to set up Talbert who scored on a four-yard TD run.
Shalley hit Shelley with a pass in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion to put SCR-I on top 14-0 with 7:05 left in the first half.
Kevin Moffett recovered a Wayne fumble on the next possession but the Tigers could not take advantage of the turnover. SCR-I was stopped on downs at the 28-yard line.
Wayne put together its best drive of the game late in the first half before the Tigers defense held on fourth down deep in Tigers territory. SCR-I ran out the final seconds of the first half to take the 14-0 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers opened the second half with the ball. Robinson left on the first play of the second half with an ankle injury and the offense went three and out with a punt.
The Falcons pushed the ball downfield forcing an SCR-I time out at the 6:58 mark. The stoppage worked, as the Tigers made the defensive adjustments to stop Wayne on downs and get the ball back.
Wayne took the ball right back as defensive back Drew Hunt intercepted a Shalley pass and returned it to the 33-yard line.
The Tigers answered right back as Wickert snagged another Falcons’ pass from the air. The sophomore safety made a one-handed interception and then brought the ball back to the 48-yard line.
SCR-I couldn’t get things going on offense without Robinson and went three and out with a punt.
But the Tigers defensive backs got the ball right back once again as Bryce Blomme picked off a pass from Schick.
This time the team took advantage of the turnover. B.J. Houghton took a handoff behind the left side of the offensive line and broke through a pair of would-be tacklers on his way to a 17-yard touchdown run. Robinson made the PAT kick for a 21-0 advantage with 11:42 to play in the fourth period.
After Wayne turned the ball over on downs SCR-I put the game away with a long drive in the final six minutes of the contest. Houghton moved the chains with a couple of nice runs. Shelley put the icing on the cake when he went around the left end for a 30-yard touchdown run. Robinson’s extra point kick was good to make the final margin 28-0.
Wayne made every effort to use the final minutes of the game to put one score on the board but the Tigers defense held to preserve the shutout. Andy Cowell sacked Schick on the final play to run out the clock.
Robinson carried the ball 16 times for 72 yards, all coming in the first half. Houghton finished with 58 yards and a TD on eight carries. Shelley had 31 yards and a score on three attempts while Talbert added 27 yards and a TD on five carries.
Shalley completed five of 12 passes for 49 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception. Wickert caught two passes for 28 yards and a TD. Shelley made two receptions and Brown had one grab.
The defense limited Wayne to just nine first downs and 160 yards of total offense. Schick was 4-11 passing for 46 yards and was intercepted three times. Dean Dady led the Falcons ground game with 53 yards on seven carries.
Jon Keller had 10 tackles to lead the defensive performance in his first game back. Shelley and Houghton each had 10 stops as well. Greg Neagle and Zach McBee each made eight tackles while Wickert had seven tackles to go along with the two interceptions.
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