October 6, 2005

Tigers Fall 58-0 To Impressive Clark County Football Team

News flash Ė Clark County has a very good football team. In case you missed it, the Indians came into Friday nightís contest making leaps and bounds up the Missouri Class 2 state rankings and the team did little to stop its climb by demolishing SCR-I 58-0.

The Tigers did their best to derail the Clark County freight train, which had rolled up wins of 52-0 over Milan and 75-0 over North Shelby in the previous two weeks.

Bryce Blomme started the game on the right note for Scotland County as he broke a good kick return to put the ball near midfield. But the Tigers offense failed to move the chains and was forced to punt to Clark County.

The Indians marched the ball down field before the SCR-I defense appeared to have the drive stopped. But faced with a fourth down and fifteen yards to go, quarterback Drew Huckey connected with his twin brother, Adam for a long pass play to move the chains. That set up a six-yard touchdown run by Josh Roberts. The point after kick made it 7-0 Clark County with 3:57 left in the first period.

Scotland County went three and out on offense on the teamís second possession.

The Indians made it 14-0 with just three ticks left in the first period as Roberts scored on a three-yard run.

Clark County kept the pressure on the SCR-I offense as quarterback Marcus Shalley was intercepted and returned to the three-yard line. The Huckey brothers connected on a touchdown pass with 11:42 left in the second period to make the score 21-0.

A bad kick return pinned SCR-I deep in its own territory on the next possession. Clark County took advantage of the miscue and recorded a safety to make the score 23-0 with 10:51 remaining in the first half.

Clark County took the free kick and then on the first play the SCR-I defense again was seeing double as the Huckey twins connected for a 39-yard TD pass. Clark County led 30-0 with 10:35 on the clock.

The Tigersí offense went three and out and this time the Indians scored on special teams as Roberts returned the punt 65-yards for the score. The PAT made it 37-0 with 9:16 left in the half.

Drew Huckey got Clark County the ball right back as he recorded his teamís second interception of the evening. He then completed his third TD pass of the game, again finding Adam Huckey for an eight-yard strike to put the visiting team on top 44-0 with 7:19 remaining in the opening half.

Scotland County moved the chains for the first time in the game with 6:53 left in the second period as Shalley hit Bryce Blomme with a 10-yard pass. But the drive ultimately stalled.

Clark County took the Tigersí fourth punt of the first half and ran out the clock to head to the locker room with the commanding lead.

The Indians added some insurance to start the third period. Roberts took the first handoff of the second half and ran through the SCR-I defense for a 49-yard TD. The PAT made the margin 51-0 as the clock ran nonstop for the rest of the game.

The game was turned over to the teams junior varsity squads which saw the Indians add a fourth period TD to make the final score 58-0.

Scotland County was limited to just one first down in the first half. The Tigers managed just three yards of rushing on 11 carries in the games first 24 minutes. Shalley completed three of 12 passes and was picked off twice as he was hounded all night by a relentless pass rush. Grant Blomme, Kyler Hess and Bryce Blomme each made one catch.

SCR-I (2-3, 1-2) will use an off week to recover from the game before traveling to Brookfield October 14 for the final tune-up before district play begins October 21st at North Shelby. All three losses for the Tigers this year have come to state ranked teams. Salisbury is currently ranked #8 in Class 1 with Putnam County ranked #10.

Clark County improved to 5-0 overall and in conference play and could move up from the current sixth ranking in the state polls after a third straight win by more than 50 points.

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