September 14, 2006

Clyde Trophy Heading to Edina For First Time in 11 Years

A decade of dominance ended Friday night in Memphis in a high-powered shoot-out between Scotland County and Knox County. The Eagles ended 10 years of futility with a come-from-behind 40-35 victory over SCR-I to capture the Clyde trophy for the first time in the 11-years of the rivalry game in memory of former SCR-I quarterback Kyle Peterson.

Neither team got the game off to a good start. After moving the ball well on the opening drive, Knox County turned the ball over with a fumble.

SCR-I returned the favor as the very first snap went off quarterback Marcus Shalley’s hands and was recovered by Knox County.

The Eagles took advantage of the break. Cale Shubert capped off the drive with a six-yard touchdown run with 6:59 left in the first period. Cameron Kirmse’s kick was good to put the visitors on top 7-0.

Shalley took the first snap of the second possession amd broke a 48-yard run. That set up an eight-yard touchdown run by the Tigers quarterback. Zach McBee hit the PAT kick to tie the game at 7-7 with 5:38 remaining in the first period.

An interception by Grant Blomme was nullified by an SCR-I penalty but Knox County turned the ball over on the next play as linebacker Bradley Hamner knocked the ball free.

The two teams traded punts before SCR-I mounted its second scoring drive of the first half. Shalley and Zach McBee did the work on the ground with Shalley punching the ball in from five yards out. A bad snap on the PAT attempt left the score at 13-7 with 7:27 left in the second period.

SCR-I looked poised to blow the game open after Colby Brown blocked a Knox County punt and SCR-I recovered in scoring position.

Shalley scored on his third touchdown run of the contest, crossing the goal line from eight yards out. McBee’s PAT attempt was good making the score 20-7 with 5:02 remaining in the first half.

The Eagles responded, driving the length of the field. Quarterback Zach Parrish scored on a 1-yard run. Grant Blomme intercepted the two-point conversion attempt keeping the Tigers ahead 20-13 with 1:15 left on the clock.

That looked like it might be just enough time for Scotland County to score once more before half. Shalley hit Brandon Garnett and McBee with pass plays to move the chains. He then found Grant Blomme with a 14-yard completion to put the ball in scoring position at the 19-yard line with 12.1 ticks left on the clock. A run by Shalley put the ball at the five-yard line with 4.1 seconds to play in the first half. But the Eagles stopped Shalley short of the end zone on the final play of the first half.

That didn’t appear to hurt Scotland County’s momentum too much. Shalley took the opening kickoff of the second half and returned it 85-yards for his fourth TD of the night. McBee drilled the Pat kick to make the score 27-13.

The Eagles answered with a long drive. Parrish again punched the ball in from one yard out with 8:10 left in the third period.

After SCR-I went three and out the Eagles offense went right back to work. Parrish broke a 10-yard touchdown run with 2:57 left in the third period. Kirmse made the PAT to tie the game at 27-27.

Scotland County turned the ball over on a backward pass that fell incomplete and was ruled a fumble. Schubert made it three scores in a row for Knox County as he capped off the short scoring drive with a one-yard TD run. The kick made it 34-27 in favor of the visitors.

Scotland County answered the challenge as Shalley and McBee pounded the ball down field. McBee kept the drive alive with a key third down run that saw him break a trio of tackles on his way to the first down. McBee was rewarded with a one-yard touchdown run with 7:12 left in the game.

After sending on the kicking team, Coach Brent Bondurant called a timeout and sent in the offense to go for two. McBee scored on a three-yard run to give SCR-I a 35-34 lead.

But the Knox County offense was not done. The Eagles pushed the ball down the field in just under four minutes. Daniel McMahon scored on a 10-yard run with 3:20 left to play. The Tigers stopped the two-point conversion attempt to maintain hope of a final drive.

That needed push never materialized as SCR-I turned the ball over on downs at midfield where Knox County took over and took a knee on three possessions to run out the clock.

The Tigers could not find an answer on defense to stop the Eagles’ option run game. Knox County amassed 30 first downs with its four-back attack. McMahon had 104 yards and a TD on 10 carries to lead the way. Parrish kept the ball 15 times for 74 yards and the three TDs. Tyson Ausmus took the ball 21 times for 86 yards while Schubert carried 17 times for 90 yards. The Eagles totaled 63 rushing attempts for 354 yards. Parrish connected on four of five pass attempts for 60 yards.

Grant Blomme led the SCR-I defense with 14 tackles. McBee had 12 stops despite limited action on defense. Hamner finished with 10 tackles as did Kyle Shelley.

SCR-I picked up 209 yards in rushing. Shalley carried the ball 16 times for 131 yards and 3 TDs. McBee rushed for 78 yards and a score on 13 attempts. Shalley completed four of 10 passes for 44 yards. Garnett, McBee, Grant Blomme and Justin Williams had receptions.

The Tigers (0-2, 0-1) will travel to Queen City Friday night to take on Schuyler County. The Rams are coming off a 56-0 defeat by Clark County.

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