September 30, 2004

Tigers New Backfield Helps SCR-I Mash Milan 39-20

Injuries necessitated a change in the backfield for the Scotland County football team but the success of the new running attack might make it a little more difficult to switch back after an impressive 39-20 win at Milan September 24.

In his second game as the teams starting tailback Jared Shelley racked up 181 yards on just 20 attempts. The senior had four runs of more than 20 yards on the night.

It looks like we have found our two back, said Coach Brent Bondurant. Jared ran the ball hard all night as we really got the offense rolling.

Shelley picked up the big yards behind the blocking of fullback Greg Neagle. The senior, who has started on the offensive line the past three seasons, moved into the backfield for Friday nights game. The move paid off as the Tigers amassed more than 220 yards of rushing.

The ground game was supplemented by the Tigers strongest passing attack of the season. Quarterback Marcus Shalley completed seven of 11 pass attempts for 120 yards and three touchdowns.

Matt Wickert had four receptions for 93 yards and two TDs. Karl Snyder had four receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

Shelley added to his impressive stats as he completed three pass attempts in the contest for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 11 yards.

After a scoreless first period SCR-I got on the scoreboard on the first play of the second period when Shalley hit Wickert with an 18-yard pass.

With 5:02 left in the first half Shelley broke a 59-yard touchdown run to make the score 12-0 at halftime.

The Tigers fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half. Milan took advantage of the miscue, scoring on a 33-yard run by Patrick Hatcher to cut the deficit to 12-6 with 10:42 left in the third period.

Shalley and Wickert hooked up again with 8:47 left in the quarter. The sophomore tandem teamed up for a 38-yard TD. Zach McBee made the point after kick to make the score 19-6.

After Milan trimmed the deficit to 19-14 SCR-I came right back and scored. Shalley hit Karl Snyder for a 13-yard TD. That capped off a scoring drive that took just one minute and 32 seconds. McBee hit the PAT to push the lead to 26-14.

Joe Talbert gave the Tigers some breathing room in the fourth period. The senior broke a 33-yard run to the end zone. McBee tacked on the extra point to make the score 33-14 with 8:13 left to play.

SCR-I put the game away for good just 74 seconds later when Shelley completed one of his three option pass attempts, a 22-yard TD to Karl Snyder. McBee made his third PAT kick to expand the lead to 39-14.

Milan added a last second touchdown to make the final score 39-20.

The Tigers defense limited Milan to 227 yards of total offense while forcing four Wildcats turnovers.

Neagle led the attack with 12 tackles while Shelley finished with 11 stops. Talbert made eight tackles, recovered a fumble and made an interception. Wickert also had eight stops and an interception while Snyder finished with nine stops and a fumble recovery. Other defensive standouts were McBee and Devon Mauck who each had 10 tackles. It was a true team effort as 22 different defenders recorded tackles in the game for SCR-I.

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