September 27, 2007

Raiders Rushing Attack Overpowers Scotland County in 48-26 Defeat

At the high school level, a 200-yard game is quite an accomplishment for a running back. On Friday night North Shelby had not one, but two runners reach the accomplishment as the Raiders potent ground game helped North Shelby run over Scotland County 48-26 in a Tri-Rivers Conference match-up.

The Raiders started racking up the yardage following the opening kickoff. But the SCR-I defense held on the first possessions stopping North Shelby at the one-yard line with 6:04 to play in the first period.

SCR-I was unable to move the chains, going three and out before punting the ball back to the home team.

This time North Shelby would not be denied. Curt Hubbard scored on a three-yard run with 3:13 on the clock. Kyle Shelley stuffed the two-point conversion attempt, coming up from his linebacker position to tackle Hubbard in the backfield for a loss to keep the score at 6-0.

The deficit only lasted for seconds as Kegan Hunt took the ensuing kickoff for the Tigers and returned it 79 yards for the touchdown. North Shelby blocked the point after kick to keep the score tied 6-6 with 3:00 left in the opening period.

The momentum didnít last long for Scotland County. Shelley was helped off the field after suffering a rib injury on the first play of the second period. The key loss looked like it took some of the wind out of the Scotland County sails. North Shelby scored on the very next play as Daniel Jones scampered 22 yards to paydirt. Hubbard ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-6 with 11:53 on the clock.

Jeff Kice took over for Shelley at quarterback. His first ever play as the signal caller resulted in a first down as he ran the option to perfection, pitching the ball to Eric Glass who picked up 11 yards on the play.

Kegan Hunt picked up 23 yards on the next play as he took the handoff on an end around play that moved SCR-I across midfield.

But the drive stalled and the Tigers turned it over on downs at the 25- yard line with 9:16 to play in the first half.

Caleb Kittle stole the momentum right back when he picked off Alex Danielís pass at the 37-yard line.

But North Shelby got even in the turnover battle as the Raiders recovered a fumble at the 39-yard line with 7:28 left in the first half.

The Raiders went ahead 22-6 when Hubbard scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. Daniel connected with Trey Arnett on the two-point conversion.

North Shelby was not finished. The Raiders gave the home crowd even more to cheer about as Jones scored on a 3-yard TD run with two seconds left on the clock as the North Shelby faithful were gathering on the sidelines for the schoolís homecoming festivities. Kittle broke up the two-point conversion attempt, knocking down the pass from Daniel to keep the score at 28-6.

The Raiders racked up 300 yards of offense in the first half while holding the Tigers to 61 yards and just three first downs.

The second half started with a similar set of offensive series. The Tigers went three and out on offense and the Raiders marched down the field behind Hubbard and Jones. But SCR-I again stopped the Raiders short of the end zone as Justin Winn sacked Daniel in the backfield on fourth and goal.

But the momentum didnít last long as North Shelbyís Kenton Parsons gobbled up an SCR-I fumble and ran it in to the end zone for a touchdown. Jones ran in the two-point conversion to make it 36-6 with 1:46 left in the third quarter.

Just minutes later the deficit grew to 42-6 as Jones scored on another long touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score at 42-6 with 11:35 to play.

The SCR-I special teams struck again. This time it was Caleb Hunt. The freshman took the North Shelby kickoff and returned it 73 yards for the touchdown. The PAT was blocked, leaving the score at 42-12.

North Shelby continued the onslaught as Hubbard added to his rushing totals, scoring on a two-yard touchdown run with 10:01 remaining in the game.

Scotland County added a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. A 43-yard run by Caleb Hunt set up a one-yard TD run by Rod Sears. Sabe Sears then connected with Caleb Kittle on a 55-yard touchdown pass to make the final score 48-26.

Caleb Hunt carried the ball eight times for 52 yards. Kegan Hunt had three carries for 38 yards and Glass ran the ball four times for 26 yards. The Tigers racked up 200 yards of total offense.

North Shelby picked up a total of 25 first downs on more than 500 yards of total offense. Hubbard ran the ball 22 times for 230 yards and 3 TDs. Jones carried the ball 25 times for 223 yards and three scores. Daniel completed three of seven passes for 20 yards.

Logan Brassfield led Scotland Countyís defense with 15 tackles. Kittle made 14 stops and had an interception. Kice added 11 tackles.

SCR-I fell to 0-4 on the year and 0-3 in conference play. North Shelby improved to 2-2 and 1-2 in league play.

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