September 13, 2007

Knox County Keeps Clyde Trophy With 38-0 Trouncing of Tigers

A fumble on the first play from scrimmage proved to be a sign of things to come for the Scotland County football team as Knox County rolled to a 38-0 victory to retain the Clyde traveling trophy for the second straight season of the rivalry.

The Tigers took the opening kickoff, but turned the ball over at the 25-yard line.

Despite the blow, SCR-Iís defense appeared to have limited the damage, stuffing the Eagles on three plays before running back Zach Parrish connected with Cody Morgenstern for a 20-yard pass play. The Eagles followed up the half back pass play with a conventional completion from quarterback Keenan Gillaspy for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 with 8:18 remaining in the first period.

The Tigers looked poised to answer the tally. Jeff Kice picked up 26 yards on a nice run to quickly put Scotland County in scoring position. SCR-I was unable to capitalize when Kyle Shelley and Caleb Kittle were unable to hook up on a pass play that looked like a sure touchdown. SCR-I turned it over on downs with 6:31 left in the opening period.

The two teams traded punts for the remainder of the first period.

Knox County pushed the ball into scoring position early in the second quarter but Logan Brassfield and Kice recorded sacks to force the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs at the 17 yard line with 10:30 to play in the first half.

Knox County finally broke the stalemate with a long drive that culminated with a one-yard run by Gillaspy. Parrish ran the ball in for the two-point attempt to make it 16-0 with 2:57 on the clock.

The Eagles got the ball right back as Dennis Dent picked off an SCR-I pass attempt and returned it to the 43-yard line.

SCR-I appeared to get the ball back when Parrish fumbled and Kegan Hunt pounced on the loose ball. But an inadvertent whistle by one of the officials negated the play and gave the Eagles the ball back. The home team capitalized on the momentum buster, as Gillaspy scored again on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 48 seconds left in the half. He completed the two-point pass play to make it 24-0 at the intermission.

Knox County took advantage of another controversial call that overturned another apparent eagles turnover midway through the third period. The Eagles were driving the ball after taking the opening kickoff of the second half. On fourth down, Knox County went for it, attempting a pass play. The receiver bobbled the ball, short of the first down mark. The ball came out and was recovered by SCR-I. But the officials ruled that the receiver caught the ball and was down before the fumble. A face mask penalty was tacked on at the end of the play to provide enough yardage for the first down.

The Eagles capitalized as Gillaspy again scored on a one-yard run. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 30-0 with 8:12 to go in the third period.

Knox County added one final tally when Andy Green scored on a two-yard TD run. Lucas Hudson ran in the two-point conversion to make it 38-0 with seven seconds left on the clock in the third quarter.

Both teams turned the action over to the junior varsity squads in the final period with the outcome already decided.

Scotland County was held to under 100 yards of total offense and managed just four first downs in the contest. Kice carried the ball 10 times for 46 yards and Caleb Hunt had 11 yards on three attempts. Shelley completed 1 of 11 passes for 12 yards.

Knox County racked up 23 first downs behind a solid ground attack. Parrish led the way with 110 yards on 24 attempts. Greenely had 75 yards on only five carries. Gillaspy completed 11 of 21 passes for 122 yards.

Brassfield and Brandon Garnett each were a part of 11 tackles to lead the defensive effort for SCR-I. Kice made 10 stops while Craig Wittstock and Kittle each had seven tackles.

Knox County (2-0, 2-0) held onto the Kyle Peterson traveling trophy by winning the Clyde game for the second straight year after losing the first nine installments of the rivalry game between neighboring schools. SCR-I fell to 0-2 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.

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