September 20, 2007

Penalties, Turnovers Topple Tigers in 21-7 Loss to Rams

The Scotland County football team dodged plenty of bullets early Friday night but eventually Schuyler County proved to have too much firepower as the Rams rolled to a 21-7 victory over the Tigers.

SCR-I struck first in the battle of league rivals. After the Scotland County defense forced the Rams to go three and out, the Tigers offense quickly put the ball in scoring position. Jeff Kice moved the chains with a 13-yard run that saw him break several tackles. Still SCR-I found itself facing fourth and long before Kyle Shelley connected with Caleb Kittle on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

Eric Glass booted the extra point kick to make it 7-0 with 7:09 left in the first period.

The two teams traded punts to burn up the remainder of the first period.

Schuyler County got on the scoreboard with the first play of the second quarter when the Tigers again fell victim to the halfback pass. Running back Greg Buckallew took the pitch and then passed the ball down field to a wide open Jacob Winkler for a 20-yard touchdown. The Tigers defense stopped the two-point conversion to maintain a 7-6 advantage with 11:54 on the clock.

The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff keeping the momentum with the Rams.

Kittle did his best to steal the momentum back as he intercepted a Tim Gorman pass at the five-yard line.

The Tigers went three and out and were forced to punt from their own end zone. A good return gave Schuyler County the ball at the 20-yard line.

Again the SCR-I defense answered the challenge, stopping the Rams at the goal line.

But again Schuyler County found itself with excellent field position after the Rams recovered a fumble at the 12-yard line with 1:28 left to play in the first half.

But penalties backed up Schuyler County and the Rams wasted the opportunity, turning the ball over on downs as the first half expired.

Both teams went three and out on their first offensive possessions of the second half. The Tigers appeared to get the break it needed when Caleb Hunt returned the Schuyler County punt for a touchdown. But the play was nullified by a penalty.

The flag proved costly as SCR-I continued to go backwards from the 25-yard line. Penalties push the team even further from the end zone and ultimately forced a punt.

Schuyler County continued to move the ball on offense but the Tigers defense adhered to the philosophy of bend donít break.

The Rams had the ball first and goal but penalties cost the visitors a key scoring opportunity.

The teams traded punts the rest of the third period before Schuyler County again had the ball in scoring position early in the fourth.

But Logan Brassfield recovered a fumble at the 22-yard line with 10:19 left to play in the game.

However SCR-I failed to get a first down the entire second half, and yet another punt set up the go-ahead score for the Rams. Gorman connected with Winkler on a 33-yard touchdown pass. The duo hooked up on the two-point conversion to make the score 14-7 with 7:26 left in the contest.

Winkler continued to be a thorn in SCR-Iís side, as he picked off a Shelley pass late in the fourth period to help seel the victory.

Schuyler County punctuated the win with another touchdown as Gorman scored from 12-yards out. Buckallewís PAT kick made it 21-7 with 1:41 left in the game.

The Rams racked up 17 first downs on the night. Buckallew had 93 yards on 16 carries. Gorman carried it 16 times for 81 yards. He also completed eight of 17 passes for 91 yards. Winkler caught six passes for 86 yards and two scores.

SCR-I was held to just two first downs and 79 yards of total offense. Shelley ran five times for 15 yards. He completed one of 10 passes for 35 yards and a TD. Kice ran the ball 12 times for 24 yards. Kittle had one reception for 35 yards and a score.

Aaron Neagle led the defense with 14 tackles in the game. Brandon Garnett made 11 stops and Logan Brassfield had 10 tackles.

The Tigers fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. The Rams improved to 1-2 overall and in the league.

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