October 7, 2004

Terrible Weather - Great Game

Tigers fall two points short in upset bid at Clark County as Mother Nature unleashes rain and wind on the teams Friday night.

Who moved Friday nights football game to Florida? With rains coming down throughout the evening and fierce winds whipping across the field, the Scotland County and Clark County football programs must have felt like they were in the middle of the Sunshine States hurricane season. The only thing missing was the warmer temperature.

Those fans that braved the elements Friday night in Kahoka witnessed one of the better football games of the season. The Indians came out on top 20-18 to celebrate Clark County Homecoming. For the second straight year the Indians captured the Rock traveling trophy. The memorial for former SCR-I standout Jason Rockhold goes to the winner of the local rivalry each season.

Clark County wasted little time jumping on top, scoring on the first play from scrimmage. Runningback Sean Kite broke through the Tigers defense and scampered 60 yards for the touchdown. Kite made the point after attempt to put Clark County ahead 7-0 just 19 seconds into the contest.

The Indians recovered an SCR-I fumble on the next possession and appeared poised to blow the game open early. But the Tigers defense held and got the ball back for Scotland County.

While Kite is considered the top rusher in the conference, SCR-Is Jared Shelley is making a case to be considered for such honors. In just his third game as the teams starting tailback, Shelley rushed for 145 yards, nearly matching Kites performance.

The senior back set up the Tigers first score with his rushing. But it was his pass- catching skills that cashed in the touchdown as he caught a pass over the middle from Marcus Shalley and took it 25 yards to the endzone.

The PAT kick was no good, leaving SCR-I trailing 7-6 with 11:05 to play in the first half.

Clark County answered back with 4:46 left in the second period. Kite scored on a 25-yard run. The senior then made the PAT kick to put his team ahead 14-6.

Scotland County regained the momentum just minutes later. Shelley broke a 33-yard run to put the team in scoring position. Joe Talbert then took the ball in from 17 yards out. The two-point conversion failed allowing the Indians to hang onto a 14-12 lead with 1:29 left in the half.

The two teams traded punts to start the third period before Clark County won the field position game. The Tigers got backed up deep in their own territory when Clark County stuffed a couple of running plays. SCR-I compounded the problem with a penalty that had the ball sitting on the 10-yard line on fourth and long.

The Indians blocked the Tigers punt attempt and recovered the ball at the 11-yard line. Three plays later Kite scored from one-yard out. The PAT was no good, leaving the Tigers within striking distance at 20-12 with 2:41 left in the third period.

The defensive units took over for the final 14 minutes of the game.

Neither team had much luck moving the ball in the fourth period.

But the Tigers got the break they needed when Shelley picked up a fumble in the backfield by the Clark County quarterback. The SCR-I linebacker took the ball untouched and ran 40 yards to paydirt for his second score of the night.

The Tigers tried to go to the air for the two-point conversion to tie the game. Clark County defended the pass well and Shalley was forced to scramble and was forced out of bounds just inches from the endzone.

That proved to be the game saver as Clark County was able to run out the final 5:56 of the game to preserve the 20-18 victory.

Kite finished the game with 187 yards on 30 carries. He had three TDs including the 60-yard run that opened the game. The Tigers defense held the rest of the squad to just 36 yards on the ground. Drew Huckey completed just one of five pass attempts for 26 yards. Clark County made 14 first downs.

Scotland County amassed 13 first downs on the night led by Shelleys 145 yards rushing. Talbert had 17 yards and a TD on three attempts. Tim Robinson carried the ball six times for 24 yards.

Shalley completed three of 10 passes for 22 yards and a score. Wickert caught one pass and Shelley had the TD reception.

Devin Mauck led the Tigers defensive performance with 10 tackles. Shelley also had 10 stops to go along with the fumble recovery. B.J. Houghton made 8 tackles from his linebacker position and Jon Keller and Talbert finished with seven stops.

The Tigers fell to 2-3 on the year and 1-2 in conference play. Clark County improved to 4-1 on the year and 4-1 in league play.

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