October 25, 2007
ĎSecond Seasoní Starts Same as First as Tigers Drop District Opener 30-0
The ďsecond seasonĒ of Missouri high school football started Friday night as district play opened. Unfortunately for Scotland County the results were the same as the first seven weeks as SCR-I fell to Putnam County 30-0.
Scotland County has struggled on offense all year long, but without tailback Jeff Kice who was out with an injury, the Tigers managed just two first downs as the Midgets took advantage of the opportunity to jump out to a 1-0 advantage in the three-game district schedule.
The Tigers defense appeared up for the challenge initially. The Midgets took the opening kickoff and moved the chains just once before Scotland County forced a punt.
But the Tigers gave the ball right back. On third down Putnam Countyís Adam Wagner picked off an SCR-I pass and returned it deep into scoring position.
Scotland County made a defensive stand but on fourth and goal Putnam County scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Levi Miles. Miles hit Mason Harlan with a pass for the two- point conversion to make it 8-0 with 4:36 to play in the first period.
After a good kick-off return by Caleb Kittle, the turnover bug bit again. Scotland County fumbled on the first offensive play to give the Midgets the ball.
Again Putnam County marched into scoring position and found itself facing fourth and goal, this time 10-yards from paydirt. Miles did it again, this time eluding the SCR-I pass rush in the backfield before scrambling in to the end zone. Miles added the two-point run to make it 16-0 with 11:54 to go in the second period.
After SCR-I went three and out on offense, Putnam County looked poised to add to the lead. Miles hit Harlan on a 49-yard pass play to put the Midgets in scoring position. But Aaron Neagle sacked Miles on third down and Putnam County ultimately turned the ball over on downs.
SCR-I picked up its first first down of the night when freshman Caleb Hunt broke a 19-yard run. But the play was called back on a holding penalty. The Tigers were unable to make up the penalty yardage and had to punt.
Scotland County got the ball back when Jordan Fulk pounced on a Putnam County fumble with 5:06 to go in the first half.
The Tigers continued to shoot themselves in the foot, as a broken play backed up the offense on first down. They could not make up the loss and punted with 3:15 left on the clock.
Putnam County quickly moved into scoring position as Miles found Wagner on a 41-yard pass play. But the Tigers held on fourth and goal and the Midgets turned the ball over on downs as the clock ran out on the first half.
The third period was a struggle for both squads.
SCR-I took the opening kickoff but went three and out with a punt.
Putnam County went backwards on its first possession. A fumble followed by a sack by Logan Brassfield ultimately had Putnam County facing fourth and 32 and punting from its own end zone. But SCR-I was flagged for roughing the kicker and the personal foul penalty was an automatic first down.
The Midgets failed to capitalize on the break as Brassfield recovered a PC fumble with 6:26 to go in the third period.
Scotland County gave the ball right back with a fumble just two plays later.
The turnover carousel continued as Craig Wittstock pounced on a Putnam County fumble just a few minutes later.
After SCR-I went three and out, a short punt had Putnam County threatening to add to its lead. But Wittstock again came up with a fumble recovery to give the ball back to the Tigers offense at the 29-yard line with 2:06 on the clock.
Another three and out series by the Tigers ended the third period. Putnam County looked like a different squad in the final quarter. The Midgets marched down field before again finding itself with fourth and goal. Neagle pushed the Midgets 12-yards away from the end zone with a sack on third down, but Miles eluded the pressure on the next play and scrambled in for the TD. Ryan Wagner made the PAT kick to make it 23-0 with 9:31 left in the game.
Scotland County got its only first on offense when Shelley hit Wittstock on a pass play on the next possession. But Scotland County turned the ball over on downs.
Dalton Hyle put the finishing touches on the night for the Midgets as he scored on a 41-yard run late in the fourth period. Wagnerís PAT kick made it 30-0.
The Tigers fell to 0-8 on the year and 0-6 in conference play.
Caleb Kittle led the offense with 28 yards rushing on two carries, including a 30-yard run on a fake punt late in the contest. Caleb Hunt had 14 yards on 10 attempts. Shelley completed two of eight passes for 16 yards as he was pressured all night by the Putnam County pass rush. Wittstock made both receptions.
Kittle led the defense with 13 tackles. Brassfield made eight stops and had a fumble recovery. Kegan Hunt made eight tackles while Wittstock had six tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Putnam County racked up 19 first downs. Miles ran the ball 14 times for 117 yards and three TDs. Matt Brundage had 43 yards on nine attempts. Miles completed five of 15 passes for 107 yards.
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