November 2, 2006

Junior Varsity Football Team Finishes Season With 5-1 Mark

After an opening season loss, the Scotland County junior varsity football team responded with five straight wins, capped off by a 40-30 victory over North Shelby on October 23rd.

SCR-I got off to a fast start, scoring on the team’s first offensive play. Jeff Kice took the handoff from quarterback Kyle Shelley and scampered 63-yards for the score.

North Shelby responded on its first offensive possession to tie the contest at 6-6.

The pace quickened even further as Kegan Hunt took the ensuing North Shelby kickoff and returned it 72-yards for the touchdown. That was the Tigers’ first special team’s score of the year.

Hunt wasn’t finished. He got a second chance in the first period and returned the kick all the way to the three-yard line before being tackled from behind.

Kice also had a huge game for SCR-I as he led the three-headed rushing attack along with Shelley and Eric Glass. Kice finished with 190 yards rushing and had four TDs.

Coach Nathan Pippert praised the work of offensive linemen Trever Harris, Aaron Neagle, Jordan Fulk, Chad Consbrock, Tyler Henstorf and Cody Gundy for opening up the holes for the ground game.

Glass gave the team a boost on defense as well. He picked off a North Shelby pass in the third period and returned it 25-yards for the touchdown.

“That proved to be the knockout punch we were looking for,” Pippert said. “North Shelby never really recovered after that defensive score. They were able to move the ball fairly successfully but we stopped them when we had to.”

The Tigers’ defense led by Craig Wittstock, Brandon Garnett, Caleb Kittle, Charles Wiggins, Glass, Shelley, Hunt and Kice, forced three Raiders’ turnovers on the night. The defensive line of Fulk, Harris, Consbrock, Gundy and Neagle, recorded four sacks on the game.

“It was a great team effort throughout the season,” Pippert said. “Hopefully we can build on the momentum and carry it into next season with hard work and dedication over the winter and summer.”

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