September 23, 2004

Lightning Strikes Twice As Midgets Two Touchdowns Do In Tigers

Most football teams would love to have lightning in a can, a term often associated with a quick strike scoring option. Unfortunately for most gridiron action across northeast Missouri Friday, September 17, it was the real thing that was causing problems.

The storm forced a rare Monday night football game for the Scotland County Tigers. SCR-I played the second half of a game versus Putnam County, which was called at halftime due to lightning.

Schuyler County was the lone league team to finish its complete game Friday night and the Rams may have felt they were struck by lightning in a 51-0 loss to Salisbury. The electric storms cut short games between Clark County and Milan and Brookfield and Knox County. Those games were so one-sided that they were called after halftime due to the weather.

The story was different in Unionville where the Midgets led 7-0 over Scotland County at halftime. But the teams never came back out after the intermission because of the lightning storm.

The three-day wait didnít seem to effect Putnam County which tacked on another touchdown Monday night to conclude a 14-0 defeat of the Tigers.

The Midgets opened the game Friday night with a promising start. Putnam County was able to move the ball on the ground. But the drive stalled as the Tigers came up with back-to-back quarterback sacks by Brett Hoskinson and Devon Mauck.

Despite being without starting tailback Tim Robinson, the Tigers were able to move the ball on the ground. SCR-I moved the chains twice on runs by Jared Shelley and B.J. Houghton. Marcus Shalley then connected with Matt Wickert to push the ball past midfield. But the drive stalled and SCR-I turned the ball over on downs.

The Tigers got the ball back when Shelley recovered a Putnam County fumble. However SCR-I was unable to take advantage of the turnover and went three and out with a punt.

Putnam County broke on top at the 9:19 mark when running back Corey Mason took the pitch and then threw a pass to Ben Brummitt. The Midgets receiver broke a number of tackles on his way to a 42-yard touchdown. Mason kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0 with 7:50 left in the second period.

The Tigers did not mount any offense on the next two possessions, running just three plays before punting.

Putnam County had the ball inside the 20 with just under five minutes to play but the Tigers defense prevented the score.

SCR-I appeared to catch the break it needed when Shalley recovered the second Putnam County fumble at the 45 yard line with just over a minute left to play in the half.

The Tigers moved the ball through the air as Shelley hit Wickert with a pair of pass plays and also connected with Karl Snyder. The Tigers had the ball at the 13-yard line with 20 seconds left to play. But a penalty and four straight incomplete passes ended the half without an SCR-I score.

The game resumed Monday night with the Tigers taking the opening kickoff. SCR-I went three and out and punted to the Midgets.

Putnam County marched down the field eating up most of the third period. The Tigers defense turned the Midgets away inside the 20-yard line.

The Tigers then mounted their own time consuming drive. Taking over with five minutes left in the third period, the Tigers moved the ball into scoring position.

A key play came on fourth down at the 27-yard line when Shalley hit Wickert with a pass to move the chains and keep the drive alive.

But the Tigers were unable to convert on fourth down and three from the 12-yard line and Putnam County took over with 9:21 left in the game.

This time the Midgets would not be denied. Mason picked up big yards on a quick screen pass before Reggie Duncan broke a good run to move the ball past midfield.

Mason and Duncan did the rest of the work eating up the rest of the field with several solid runs. With 4:17 left in the game Duncan scored on a three-yard run. Mason hit the PAT to make the score 14-0.

SCR-I made one last attempt to put points on the board. After Shelley returned the kick to the 39-yard line, he caught a pass from Shalley to cross midfield. Shalley then hit Snyder with a pass at the 29-yard line. Zach McBee picked up seven yards on a run around the right end. But a penalty backed the Tigers up and SCR-I came up short on fourth down, giving Putnam County the ball back to run out the clock.

The Tigers were limited to 11 first downs in the game. Shelley had a season-high 68 yards on 17 carries. Joe Talbert, McBee and Houghton also carried the ball for the Tigers.

Shalley completed eight of 29 pass attempts for 128 yards. Wickert caught six passes for 64 yards. Snyder snagged two passes for 39 yards and Grant Blomme, Kyler Hess, Colby Brown and Shelley all had one reception.

Putnam County was led by the rushing of Mason who piled up 141 yards on 14 attempts. He also completed the touchdown pass to Brummet for 42 yards. Duncan had 91 yards on 13 carries and Michael added 41 yards on nine attempts. Brandon Thomas completed four of six passes for 33 yards.

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