October 19, 2006

Friday the 13th Proves Unlucky For Tigers in 49-0 Loss to Brookfield

Friday the 13th proved unlucky indeed for the Scotland County football team. The Tigers were shutout 49-0 by the Bulldogs on the night that many had been hoping to avoid as much for the fact it was against the apparent conference champs as for the fact that it fell on the superstitious date.

While college football is traditionally played on Saturdays, the fans at SCR-I may have felt like a Division I school had shown up in Memphis when Brookfield took the field with more than 40 players suited out and an offensive line that definitely had as much size as those of neighboring college programs like Culver Stockton or Truman State.

That huge offensive line led the Bulldogs to the first score of the contest. Brookfield drove the ball downfield behind an impressive ground attack. Bryan Severa scored from four-yards out with 9:14 left in the first period. The point after attempt was no good, leaving the score at 6-0.

Despite missing three starters on its offensive line, the Tigers moved the chains on the teamís first possession as Marcus Shalley found Grant Blomme with a 19-yard pass play. The drive then stalled and Bryce Blomme backed Brookfield up to the 16-yard line with an excellent punt.

The SCR-I defense made a big stand after Brookfield marched down the field. Colby Brown snatched a deflected pass out of the air for an interception at the nine-yard line with 3:24 to go in the opening period.

Again the Tigersí offense moved the ball against the vaunted Brookfield defenders led by linebacker Luke Lambert, the ninth ranked prospect in the state who is heading to Mizzou next fall. The big play was a 40-yard pass completion from Shalley to Grant Blomme. But Brookfield held and forced another punt.

The Bulldogs changed the tone of the contest on the next play as Luke Baum took a counter handoff up the middle and ran away from the SCR-I defense for a 70-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 14-0 with 3.1 seconds left in the first quarter.

After SCR-I went three and out on offense, the Bulldogs used Lambertís running to set up a third score of the contest. Quarterback Kyle Wilkerson scored on a one-yard keeper. Lambert made the PAT kick to push the advantage to 21-0 with 6:37 in the first half.

The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Brookfield quickly took advantage of the miscue. Wilkerson hit Baum in the end zone on a 31-yard pass play. Lambertís kick made it 28-0 at the 5:38 mark in the second period.

Shalley got things rolling on the ground for SCR-I on its next possession. The Tigersí quarterback scrambled for a pair of first downs before Brookfieldís pass rush forced an interception at the 24-yard line to stop the scoring threat.

The SCR-I defense held and forced a punt to get the ball back for the offense for one last shot before halftime. Shalley connected on pass plays to Bryce and Grant Blomme to move the chains and put the ball in scoring position. But the Tigers ran out of time and went into the locker room down 28-0.

Lambert put the game away in the third period as he added to his impressive rushing numbers with a pair of touchdown romps. He scored from five-yards out with 9:07 left on the clock. He made it back to the end zone at the 4:30 mark on a 16-yard TD run.

Mickey Beach hit both PAT kicks to push the margin to 42-0. Nathan Bennett added an 11-yard touchdown run with 11:20 to go in the fourth quarter that made the final score 49-0.

Shalley finished the contest 7-18 passing for 97 yards, mostly in the first half before being replaced by backup Kyle Shelley. He also ran the ball nine times for 25 yards.

Jeff Kice had 33 yards on four carries while Shelley ran the ball twice for seven yards.

Grant Blomme had four receptions for 80 yards. Bryce Blomme had three grabs for 16 yards.

Brookfield racked up more than 460 yards with Lambert 223 yards and two scores on just 19 attempts. Baum had 84 yards on four attempts while Severa ran it nine times for 60 yards and a TD. Wilkerson completed one of five passes for 24 yards and a score.

Shalley, Aaron Neagle and Grant Blomme each had seven tackles to lead the defense.

Scotland County fell to 2-5 and 1-4 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. In other league action it was Clark County besting Putnam County 41-12. North Shelby beat Schuyler County 52-14.

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