October 5, 2006

Clark County Rocks Tigers 44-0 in Rivals Memorial Trophy Game

The theme of the winning float in last weeks homecoming parade was the award-winning sitcom MASH. That ultimately may be the theme for the entire season for the Scotland County football team.

The undermanned Tigers traveled to Kahoka Friday night for the annual Rock game and were defeated 44-0. The injuries continued to mount for SCR-I, which played without starting center and linebacker Casey Parrish who sustained a knee injury in practice last week. His replacement, freshman Justin Winn, suffered a leg injury. Fellow lineman Beau Becraft also left the game, suffering from an apparent shoulder injury.

Clark County did plenty of damage on the scoreboard as well. The Indians took advantage of a Scotland County fumble on the second play of the contest. Clark County Bryan Plenge scored on a 14-yard touchdown run on the Indians first play from scrimmage. Ryan Roberts made the PAT to make the score 7-0 with 11:35 to play in the first period.

SCR-I went three and out on offense behind the makeshift offensive line.

Clark County took advantage of good field position again. This time it was Jarvis Vineyard capping off the drive with a 11-yard touchdown run with 6:46 left in the opening period. Roberts kick was good to push the early lead to 14-0.

Scotland County again went three and out on offense.

But the defense responded to the challenge, forcing a fumble, the first of six times the Indians coughed up the ball on offense. Clark County recovered the loose ball, but the SCR-I defense held on downs at the 42-yard line with 3:29 left in the first period.

Marcus Shalley then broke a 35-yard run that energized the Tigers and put the ball in scoring position at the 20-yard line. But that was as far as Scotland County would go, turning the ball over on downs.

The SCR-I defense put together another strong series. Jeff Kice came up with a quarterback sack and Colby Brown made a tackle in the backfield to slow down the Indians wide-open offense. Clark County was able to pick up a key first down and marched down-field before being stopped at the seven-yard line on downs, instead of kicking the short field goal.

The injury bug struck again on the next series as Shalley left the game with an elbow injury. SCR-I went three and out and punted to Clark County.

A good kick return set up a short field for Clark County. The Indians made it 21-0 on a 19-yard TD run by Vineyard. Roberts kick was good at the 7:19 mark in the second quarter.

Shalley reentered the game but saw his first pass attempt of the next possession glance off the receivers hands. Cory Kiger snatched the ball out of midair and returned it 45-yards for the touchdown. Roberts drilled his fourth kick of the night to push the lead to 28-0.

Grant Blomme gave SCR-I solid field position with a good kick return but it proved short lived as the Tigers fumbled the snap on the first play and linebacker Brad Ferrell scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 38-yards to the end zone. Roberts PAT kick made it 35-0 with 6:01 to play in the first half.

SCR-I tried to get some points on the board to end the first half. Eric Glass moved the chains with a solid run. Quarterback Kyle Shelley then connected on a pair of long pass plays to Bryce and Grant Blomme. Shelley then moved the chains with a good run. But SCR-I could not punch the ball in and turned it over on downs at the three-yard line with just under two minutes left in the first half.

A 35-0 lead apparently wasnt enough for Clark Countys coach Matt Smith. The Indians went to the two-minute pass attack and burned up all three timeouts trying to put up one final score before intermission. The Tigers defense didnt allow it.

The Tigers managed five first downs in the first half. Shalley ran the ball seven times for 49 yards. He completed two of eight passes and was intercepted once. Shelley completed three of six passes for 50 yards.

Clark County had 10 first downs in the opening half. Vineyard ran the ball 11 times for 66 yards. Brock Egley completed nine of 19 passes for 126 yards.

Scotland County recovered an onside kick to start the second half but couldnt capitalize on the turnover.

The two teams turned the ball over to the junior varsity squads for much of the second half with a running clock with the 35-0 score. Ethan Allen scored on a touchdown run with 3:17 left in the third period.

The Indians added a safety with 3:38 to go in the final period to make the final score 44-0.

Grant Blomme led the Tigers defense with eight tackles. Colby Brown finished with seven stops.

Clark County improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. SCR-I dropped to 2-4 and 1-3 in league play.

The injuries forced Scotland County to cancel the junior varsity football game Monday night.

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