October 1, 2009

Putnam County Prevails 28-12 to Sour SCR-I Homecoming Festivites

Kyle Hoskins left a lasting memory for Scotland County football fans. Putnam County’s running back turned in a stellar performance Friday night as the Midgets spoiled Scotland County’s homecoming with a 24-12 defeat on the football field. If nothing else, fans will remember the name, as it was called by the announcers 47 of Putnam County’s 59 offensive snaps.

Putnam County executed the game plan to near perfection. The Midgets took the opening kickoff and marched down the field in a methodical manner, pounding the ball with Hoskins running off tackle.

Ironically enough it was Blaine Robinson who scored the first TD of the game, as the Midgets ran the ball in from one yard out. The PAT kick made it 7-0 with 5:03 left in the first period.

After a good kick return by Cody Taft, the Tigers fumbled the offense’s first snap of the night and Putnam County took over near midfield.

But the Midgets gave the ball right back when Kyle Shelley recovered a fumble on the very next play.

SCR-I was unable to take advantage of the break, going three and out with a punt.

Putnam County (1-3) loss a pair of 7-6 games to open the season before falling to state ranked South Shelby last weekend. Turnovers undid Putnam County in all three contests. Early on that looked like it might be the case in Memphis, but SCR-I was unable to score on two Midgets mistakes. Instead, Putnam County capitalized on four SCR-I turnovers.

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

Scotland County finally got its offense rolling, thanks in part to a pair of Putnam County penalties. Sabe Sears connected with Kyle Shelley on a 13-yard completion. The referees tacked on 15 yards as Putnam County was flagged for roughing the passer.

Three plays later Sears connected with Brandon Garnett on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 4:25 left in the first half. But the Midgets blocked the PAT kick to keep the 7-6 lead.

Sabe Sears recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the 18-yard line. But the Tigers failed on four attempts inside the 20 and turned the ball over on downs.

Putnam County looked poised to put more points on the board in the final minutes of the first half. The key play of the drive was a fake punt. But the Tigers defense held and Rodney Sears intercepted a pass as time ran out in the half.

The Midgets racked up 11 first half first downs, running 36 offensive plays in the 24 minutes while maintaining a two to one time of possession advantage, successfully keeping the Tigers offense off the field.

The second half started poorly for the Tigers. The kickoff skipped past the return men and left the Tigers starting at the five yard line.

Taft and Shelley picked up first downs for the Tigers to move them out of the shadow of their own goal line, but the drive stalled and SCR-I was forced to punt.

Hoskins electrified the Midgets fans with a 44-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the third period. The PAT made the score 14-6.

Scotland County came right back. Sears hit Taft for a 10-yard screen play. Another roughing the passer flag added 15-yards to the play. That set up a 45-yard TD run by Taft behind the blocking of his fullback, Shelley. The two-point attempt was stuffed, leaving the Tigers trailing 14-12.

Shelley kept the Tigers fans on their feet when he stuffed a third-down run in the backfield and forced a Putnam County punt.

The momentum looked poised to finally swing to the home team. Sears hit Shelley for a 13-yard pass play to move the chains. The senior fullback then picked up another first down on the ground, forcing the Midgets to take a timeout on defense to regroup.

Putnam County stole the energy when Brett Thomas picked off an SCR-I pass at the 32-yard line with 10:51 left in the fourth period.

The Midgets then burned more than seven minutes off the clock before Jon McCollom capped off the key drive with a four-yard TD with 4:53 left in the contest. The Midgets struck gold when a bad snap on the PAT kick was scooped up and shoveled to a receiver in the end zone for a two-point conversion, making it a two-possession game at 22-12.

After Sears returned the ball to the 43-yard line, the Tigers self-destructed. A clipping penalty and a pair of errant snaps left SCR-I facing a third down and 60. McCollom picked off the ensuing pass and returned it for a touchdown with 2:34 to seal the 28-12 victory.

Taft carried the ball 17 times for 73 yards and a TD to lead the Tigers offense. Shelley racked up 33 yards on the ground. The junior quarterback completed eight of 16 passes for 87 yards and a TD. Garnett caught four passes for 46 yards and a TD.

Hoskins finished with 262 yards and a TD on 47 attempts. McCollom had two rushes for 12 yards and a TD and Robinson carried twice for four yards and a score. Thomas completed three of seven passes for 21 yards.

Brock Bondurant led the Tigers defense making 23 tackles. Garnett and Sabe Sears each had 17 stops and Shelley finished with 16.

The Tigers fall to 3-2 on the year and 0-2 in Tri-Rivers Conference play. The Midgets improve to 1-4 and 1-3 in the TRC.

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