September 23, 2010

State-Ranked Tipton Topples Tigers With First Half Surge

Little had gone right for Scotland County in the first half of Saturdayís game versus state-ranked Tipton, but with the ball and down just 16 points, SCR-I had an opportunity to eat up the remaining four plus minutes on the clock and possibly trim the deficit in half going into the intermission.

Should of, would of... could of... but it didnít happen. Instead Tipton took a 30-0 lead at the break and never looked back in a convincing 44-0 win over the Tigers that put a damper on the 40-year celebration of Tigers football.

Scotland County knew it had its work cut out for it, facing the #5 ranked team in Missouri Class 2 football. The Cardinals roster out-numbered the Tigers at least 2 to 1 as SCR-I dressed only a handful of reserves due to dwindling numbers and mounting injuries.

But the Tigers defense held after Tipton took the opening kickoff and drove down the field. Tipton had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Cameron Backes with 6:44 left in the first period after Scotland Countyís defense made the stop after the Cardinals had the ball first and goal to go.

The Tigers opening drive crossed midfield courtesy of a pair of costly Tipton penalties before Seth Hirst picked off Tigersí pass attempt at the 36-yard line.

Tipton tipped the momentum scales further in its direction with a long pass play that quickly set up the first touchdown of the contest. Aaron Ray scored on a seven-yard run up the middle to make the score 10-0 with 3:17 left in the first period.

Scotland County went three and out on the next possession and Tipton wasted little time tacking on another score as fullback Wade Wood bulled over several would-be tacklers on his way to a seven-yard TD run. The PAT kick was no good, leaving the score at 16-0 with 10:55 left in the second period.

Scotland County again crossed midfield on offense before ultimately being forced to punt. An excellent kick by Sabe Sears pinned the Cardinals at their own two-yard line.

Tipton escaped the shadow of its own goal line but the SCR-I defense held and forced a punt after Harley Stone recorded a quarterback sack and Laden Holt made a pair of key stops, including breaking up a fourth down pass play.

The Tigers got the ball back with just over five minutes left in the first half and moved the chains prompting hope for a positive end to the first half. But the drive stalled and SCR-I punted the ball away.

Little did the Tigers know there was time left for not one, but two more Tipton scores. Ray capped off a quick drive with his second touchdown of the first half, a 16-yard run. He added the two-point conversion to make the score 24-0 with 1:22 left on the clock.

A squib quick on the ensuing kickoff went off the hands of a SCR-I receiver and was recovered by the Cardinals. Just less than 60 seconds on the clock was more than enough time for the final drive as Dallas Peoples scored on an 18-yard run with 15 ticks left on the clock to push the margin to 30-0 at half time.

Tipton quarterback Zach Knipp extended the lead to 37-0 with a nine-yard TD run at the 9:29 mark of the third period. That produced a running clock for the remainder of the contest.

Tipton was not finished. The Cardinals made the final margin 44-0 with a two-yard TD run by Brandon Raney with 4:54 left in the game.

The Tigers were held to six first downs on a day with limited offensive success. Brock Bondurant recorded -3 yards rushing on two attempts and completed two of seven passes for 23 yards before leaving in the third period with a rib injury.

Sabe Sears completed four of 10 passes for 46 yards and ran for 16 yards on four attempts. Rod Sears carried the ball 11times for -6 yards as the Tipton defense allowed just 25 yards rushing on the afternoon.

Harley Stone had 16 yards rushing and also caught two passes for 24 yards. Rod Sears had two grabs for 21 yards while Sabe Sears and Laden Holt accounted for the other receptions.

Tipton racked up 28 firstdowns behind a multitude of runners. Peoples led the way with 101 yards on five attempts. Ray had 10 carries for 96 yards while Knipp, Backes and Wood all had at least 40 yards.

Knipp completed four of five passes for 96 yards.

Sabe Sears led the team defense for Scotland County with nine tackles. Holt recorded eight stops and Stone made six tackles.

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