November 10, 2005

Tigers Close Out Season In Style With 33-0 Victory Over Eagles

SCR-I beat the Eagles for the 10th straight time, insuring the CLYDE traveling trophy would not make its first trip to Edina.

With their post-season fates already sealed, one might think there was little riding on Friday nightís season finale football game between Scotland County and Knox County. Not the case, as the Tigers were focused on completing a decade of dominance of the Eagles and insuring that the Kyle Peterson memorial traveling trophy did not make its first-ever trip to Edina.

The Tigers will keep the Clyde trophy for the 10th straight year after posting an impressive 33-0 victory over Knox County.

SCR-I jumped on top early in the first period courtesy of a 48-yard run by Bruce Blomme on a reverse play. That set up a one-yard touchdown run by B.J. Houghton. With 8:18 left in the first quarter Matt Wickert made the point after attempt to put the Tigers on top 7-0.

The Eagles came right back with a good kickoff return. Knox County moved the ball downfield before ultimately seeing the drive stall in scoring position. The Tigers blocked a field goal attempt to regain the momentum.

Houghton broke a 58-yard run to quickly get the Tigers back in scoring position. But SCR-I suffered a similar fate to the Eagles, missing a field goal attempt after the drive stalled.

Knox County took over the ball and again marched down the field before Wickert came up with an interception, the first of eight Eagles turnovers on the evening.

Scotland County converted the turnover into points when Marcus Shalley hit Wickert on the wide receiver screen. The junior took the ball the distance for the TD to make the score 13-0 with 8:27 left in the second period.

The two teams traded punts on the next two possessions before Knox County made one final attempt to put points on the board before the intermission. But Colby Brown came up with a big sack on third down and Wickert made his second pick of the game and nearly returned it for a TD as time expired.

Knox County took the kick off to start the third quarter but Casey Parrish picked off an Eagles pass to get the Tigers the ball in good scoring position.

SCR-I made the score 19-0 when Shalley hit Wickert with a one-yard TD pass with 7:09 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers continued to defend the pass well as Houghton and Blomme each had interceptions in the third period.

The Tigers capitalized when Blomme found Wickert on a 31-yard touchdown pass to end the third period. Wickert made the PAT kick to extend the lead to 26-0.

SCR-I put the game away for good when Kyler Hess returned a punt for a touchdown with 8:28 left in the game. Wickertís kick was good to account for the final score of 33-0.

The defense secured the shutout with several more big plays. Andy Cowell had a quarterback sack that resulted in a fumble, which was recovered by Michael Keller. Bradley Hamner and Ben Wiley also recovered fumbles as the Eagles were unable to score on the night.

Knox County actually had a strong game offensively, minus the eight miscues. The Eagles recorded 18 first downs, compared to just 10 for the Tigers. The SCR-I defense was led by Houghton. The senior linebacker had 10 tackles and an INT in his last outing. Bryce Blomme made 11 stops and had a pick. Wickert finished with eight tackles and two interceptions.

Caleb Shubert led Knox County with 90 yards rushing on 13 attempts. Nick Benizer had 47 yards on 19 carries. The Eagles completed just five of 16 pass attempts and had the five interceptions.

Houghton carried the ball 14 times for 79 yards and a TD to pace the Tigersí offense. Bryce Blomme had 64 yards on four attempts. Shalley completed six of 16 passes for 79 yards and two TDs. Blomme threw a 27-yard TD pass. Wickert caught five passes for 90 yards and three TDs. Colby Brown and Bryce Blomme each had one reception.

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