October 29, 2009

Tigers Topple Schuyler County 35-14 to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

The Scotland County football program took a huge step toward extending the 2009 season into the state playoffs with a 35-14 victory over Schuyler County in week #2 of the Class 1 District 12 playoffs.

SCR-I wasted little time jumping on top of the Rams, taking advantage of the wet field conditions. Justin Winns opening kickoff squirted across the soggy field, and was mishandled by the Schuyler County return man, The Tigers pounced on the muffed return to open the contest with a fumble recovery that gave the home team the ball inside the 10-yard line.

Schuyler County nearly overcame the miscue, but Kyle Shelley punched the ball in from one-yard out on fourth down to put the Tigers on top 6-0 with 9:45 left in the first period. SCR-I mishandled the snap on the PAT kick.

The Tigers kept the pressure on Schuyler County, pinning them deep with good kick coverage. Kyle Shelley picked off a Tim Gorman pass and nearly returned it for another score, before being tripped up near the 25-yard line.

The Tigers unveiled a new wrinkle on offense, with Shelley taking snaps at the quarterback spot while setup in a shotgun look. He ran an effective option attack combined with halfback Cody Taft. The later moved the chains with a 12-yard run, before the team went back to the conventional two-back formation with Brock Bondurant at quarterback. The sophomore handed it off to Shelley for a three-yard touchdown run with 6:35 left in the first period. Sabe Sears ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-0.

Coach Brent Bondurant implored the Tigers to keep pouring it, as he told the huddle before the kickoff that it was important not to let the Rams recover from the poor start.

The troops took the message to heart, as freshman Monte Sally put a big hit on the Rams return man, forcing the third turnover of the first period. Scotland County recovered the loose ball at the 19-yard line.

Unfortunately the Tigers failed to take advantage of the turnover. A key penalty nullified a pass play from Bondurant to Taft that would have given the Tigers the ball first and goal to go. The flag backed up SCR-I and the Tigers ultimately missed on a 32-yard field goal attempt.

But the Scotland County defense continued to put the pressure on Gorman and the Rams spread offense. Schuyler County went three and out with a punt, insuring the visiting team would go without a first down the entire opening period.

The Tigers next drive stalled in similar fashion, and SCR-I was forced to lineup for a punt. But a key offsides penalty versus the Rams helped the Tigers move the chains and keep the drive alive. Shelley and Taft ran wild on the Rams defense before Taft finally broke an 11-yard TD run with 10:15 remaining in the second period. Sabe Sears nailed the PAT kick to make it 21-0.

Schuyler County finally got the offense going. Gorman connected with Aaron Fowler for a 33-yard pass that put the Rams in scoring position. But four times the Tigers defense stopped the Rams, with Brandon Garnett and Logan Brassfield combining to sack Gorman on fourth down, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Shelley and returned to the 31-yard line.

SCR-I looked poised to tack on another score before the half. Bondurant hit Taft on a pass play to move the ball near midfield. But after a key fourth down conversion, SCR-I self-destructed, with a band snap, a sack and a penalty that backed the drive up. A bad snap on the punt gave Schuyler County one final shot at a first half score.

Once again SCR-Is defense answered the challenge. Excellent pass coverage left Gorman without an opening on fourth down and goal at the four yard line, as the drive ended with just 36 ticks left on the clock.

SCR-I went three and out on the opening possession of the second half. A mishandled snap on the punt made matters even worse, giving the Rams excellent field position. They took advantage of the break as Gorman scored on a 10-yard run with 8:21 to go in the third period. The two-point conversion made it 21-8.

But what momentum Schuyler County had at that point quickly evaporated courtesy of Cody Taft. The senior broke a 73-yard touchdown run around the left end, bringing the smallish home crowd to its feet. The PAT was no good, leaving the Tigers on top 27-8 with 7:30 left in the third quarter.

Taft gave Scotland County the ball right back, as he recovered a fumble at the 45-yard line with 6:21 on the clock.

But the Tigers failed to take advantage of the break, as penalties nullified a good run by Sabe Sears and ultimately forced a punt.

That left the door open for the Rams, who cut the deficit to two scores when Gorman hit Folwer for a 27-yard TD pass. Sears and Bondurant broke up the two-point conversion pass to keep the lead at 27-14 with 2:45 left in the third period.

The tide looked poised to turn as the Rams recovered an onside kick, and marched towards another score. But the Tigers defense did not break. Taft broke up a fourth down pass attempt.

SCR-I put the game away with a long drive fueled by the ground game of Shelley and Taft. Shelley scored his third TD of the contest with 8:54 left in the contest, when he ran it in from six yards out. The two-point conversion made the final score 35-14.

Schuyler County was held to just shy of 200 yards of total offense. Gorman completed six of 16 pass attempts for 92 yards. He was held to 56 yards on the ground on 13 attempts.

Shelley led the Tigers defense with 12 tackles. He also had an interception and a fumble recovery. Taft made nine stops and also recovered a pair of fumbles. Winn contributed seven tackles.

SCR-I needed just 15 first downs on the night. Shalley had 16 carries for 65 yards and three TDs. Taft ran the ball 27 times for 172 yards and two scores. Bondruant completed two of five pass attempts for 15 yards.

Knox County held off North Shelby 20-14 to take a commanding 2-0 district record heading into the regular season finale next week against the Rams (1-1). The Tigers (1-1) will close out district play Thursday night at North Shelby (0-2).

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance and Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on YouTube.com, Military.com or NationalMemorialDayParade.com.

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Floyd C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

The spring community blood drive held on May 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis resulted in the donation of fifty-seven units of blood to the American Red Cross. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy day to come and donate.

Of the sixty-seven people who came out to donate, five were first-time donors: Laura Carr, Reilly Shoemaker, Luke Triplett, Matthew Woods and Mark Zeiset. May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-saving gift.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective donation goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Harley D. Saulmon and a two-gallon pin, to Mike M. Blain. Carol McCabe earned a five-gallon pin, Sara Frederick earned a seven-gallon pin, and Bruce Childress was awarded an eight-gallon pin. David M. Ahland earned his fourteen-gallon pin. Way to go, Mike! But, the greatest achievement goes to Larry Riney who has reached 20 gallons, which is equivalent to 160 units of blood. This is the average total amount collected from two of our community blood drives. Thanks, Larry, you are an encouragement to us all and remind us that even one committed person can really make a big difference. Let’s be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference, Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks are in order to Lighthouse of Faith for their generous supply of homemade cookies, to Community Bank for providing sandwiches, to Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors and to J’s Food for providing orange juice to all donors. And a very special thank you to all the local Red Cross volunteers for making this event possible by serving food and drinks to donors and providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give. God Bless!


Mandi and Chris Cicero, along with sisters, Kara and Alexis, would like to announce the birth of Christina Violet Cicero, born May 2, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center.  She was born at 3:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 ½ inches long.  She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Terri Bulen, Stephanie Cicero, and Kelly Wiles.


Kira Stark of Kahoka and Dante Davis of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Trevon Land Buckner-Davis, born May 12, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Trevon weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dede Segovia of Kahoka; Steven Stark of Kahoka; Carissa Smith of Keokuk, IA; and Rick Davis of Keokuk, IA.


Justin and Diana Hill of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a son, Maverick Gabriel Hill, born May 5, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Maverick weighed 7 lbs 14.8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Monty and Isle Hill of Bloomfield, IA; Jim and Linda Snowbarger or Marshalltown, IA; and Thomas Upton of Mediapolis, IA.


Bruce and Kendra Small of Memphis are the parents of a son, Abel Forrest Lee small, born May 11, 2018 at 2:36 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Abel weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 19 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings, Mason and Vancel. Grandparents are Bobby and Shelley Small of Memphis; Jodi Heatherly of Memphis; and Kenneth Westfall of Perry, IL. Great-grandmother is Linda Baker of Memphis.

Scotland County Genealogy Society Hosts May Meeting

Terry Arnold vice- president of the Scotland County Genealogy Society called the May 14th meeting to order with 10 members present.

June Kice gave the treasurer’s report.

Old business: Terry Arnold reported on work days.

New business: Bonnie Hayes reported the group’s copy machine will need replaced.

The book sale was discussed for Antique Fair days and the cookie sale will be held again at the Antique Fair, on Saturday as in the past.

A work day was scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th.

June Kice gave a program on the history of Mother’s Day, which was started in the 19th Century before the Civil War by Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virg1na to teach local women to care for their children. Later, others honored Friendship Day, when mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

Suffragette and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother’s Day proclamation promoting world peace The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900’s as the result of Anna Jarvis as a way of honoring sacrifices of mothers for their children.

President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Terry Arnold closed the meeting.

Refreshments were served by Twyla Stevenson and Marlene Cowell.

Connie Bratton, Secretary

Register Now for SC Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp

Scotland County Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp 2018 will be held July 17, 18 and 19 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Kids entering fourth, fifth of sixth grade who are interested in playing football are encouraged to attend.

Coaches Kirk Stott, Nic Hatfield, Matt Buford, Travis Stott, William Parsons, Josh McSparren, and Curt Triplett will work with camp participants on fundamentals of the sport.

Registration forms, camp fee, complete with t-shirt size and parent/guardian signature must be returned to Coach Stott at the High School Office by Thursday, May 31, 2018.

This camp is used to learn basic fundamentals of the Scotland County Tiger football program.

Payment of $20.00 must accompany the entry form. Make checks out to Tiger Cub Football.

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