October 9, 2008

Richardson Runs Wild In Milanís 35-0 Homecoming Win Over Scotland County

A promising start disappeared in what is becoming typical fashion for the Scotland County football squad, which was again done in by big plays in a 35-0 loss at Milan on Friday night.

The Tigers opened play on defense and immediately got a momentum boost when Sabe Sears tackled the Wildcats running back for a loss. The Tigers faithful erupted on the next play as Brandon Garnett broke up a pass play and Rod Sears snatched the ball out of the air for an interception.

Scotland County moved the ball across midfield when Kyle Shelley converted a fourth down run. But SCR-I was ultimately forced to punt and was unable to take advantage of the turnover.

The Tigers defense stopped Milanís second drive on downs at the 24-yard line with 2:44 left to play in the first period.

But the Tigers were unable to produce a first down and were forced to punt away their second offensive possession.

Justin Winn made a big play on defense to back Milan up and force the Wildcats to return the favor with a punt with 9:58 left to play in the second period.

After SCR-I picked up a first down on a pass play from Shelley to Sabe Sears, SCR-I self-destructed. Back-to-back penalties backed SCR-I and ultimately forced the Tigers to punt.

Milan finally broke through the SCR-I defense. Bryce Richardson took a handoff up the middle and went untouched for a 45-yard touchdown run. Edgar Bahena kicked the PAT through the uprights to make it 7-0 with 4:47 left in the first half.

After SCR-I went three and out on offense, Richardson struck again, on the very same play. This time he went 58 yards for the score. A bad snap on the PAT attempt left the score at 13-0 with 1:36 left in the first half.

The Wildcats kept the momentum rolling to start the third period. Milan recovered an onside kick to start the second half. Then on the second play from scrimmage, Richardson ran over a pair of would-be SCR-I tacklers on his way to a 37-yard TD. He ran in the two-point conversion to make it 21-0 with 11:11 left on the clock.

Scotland County was unable to move the chains on the next possession. Milan ate up the remainder of the third period with a long drive that ultimately resulted in a one-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds left in the third period.

Harley Stone blocked the PAT kick for the Tigers to keep the score at 27-0.

Richardson capped off his memorable evening with a fifth touchdown run with 7:24 left in the fourth period. He scored on a one-yard run and then added the two-point conversion to make it 35-0.

The senior back led the Wildcats to a homecoming victory. He carried the ball 23 times for 262 yards and the five scores. Bryce McDonald ran the ball 17 times for 73 yards. Cooper Bankus completed one of four pass attempts for 25 yards as Milan amassed 17 first downs on the night.

Scotland County was limited to four first downs on the night. Shelley carried the ball six times for 27 yards. Caleb Kittle was held to Ė1 yards rushing on nine attempts while Logan Brassfield had five yards on five attempts.

Shelley completed four of 12 pass attempts for 31 yards. Kittle, Stone, Sabe Sears and Brandon Garnett each had receptions.

Sabe Sears led the Tigers defense on the night with 15 tackles. Garnett finished with 13 stops and Shelley added 10 tackles. Chad Consbrock and Justin Winn each made nine stops.

The loss dropped SCR-I to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in Tri-Rivers Conference play. Milan improved to 3-3 and 2-3 in league play.

In other games, Brookfield (5-1, 5-0 TRC) bested North Shelby (4-2, 2-1) by a final score of 42-19. Knox County (1-5, 1-2) picked up its first win of the year with a 23-20 victory over Putnam County ((1-5, 1-4). Clark County (6-0, 5-0) shutout Schuyler County (0-6, 0-3) 61-0.

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