October 7, 2010

Tigers Come Out on Top of Teeter Totter 13-6 Homecoming Victory Over Milan

A teeter totter isnít a board game, like the theme of the 2010 Scotland County Homecoming called for, but the Tigers found themselves perched across from the Wildcats on a ride that saw one team rise and the other fall, back and forth throughout Friday nightís contest in Memphis.

The Tigers had the high seat early, taking the opening kickoff and marching down the field behind. SCR-I unveiled a new look offense, the Wildcat, with tailback Sabe Sears taking several snaps at quarterback. That allowed the senior to make several first down runs, taking the snap directly and weaving through the Milan defense.

But the drive stalled and the Tigers turned it over on downs at the 26 yard line with 7:54 left in the first period.

Milan didnít last long on the teeter totterís high seat. Homecoming king Will See sacked the Milan quarterback to force a Milan punt.

The back and forth continued however as Milanís Mason Clark intercepted a middle screen pass attempt by Scotland County giving the Wildcats the ball at midfield.

That possession lasted just one play, as Laden Holt got SCR-I the ball right back when he picked off a Jordon Eddy pass at the 17-yard line.

Holt moved the chains on offense with a solid run before Sabe Sears added another first down run. Facing fourth and three, Rod Sears got the team another set of downs with a physical run up the middle to gain the necessary yardage.

But the Tigers drive self destructed as back-to-back penalties backed the team up 20 yards and ultimately forced a punt.

Milan mounted an 80-yard drive that was capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Christopher Staggs to make the score 6-0 with 4:50 left in the first half. The PAT kick was blocked by the Tigers.

Milan used the ground attack of Staggs and Matt Thompson to ground out 110 yards rushing and eight first downs in the first half.

SCR-I had similar numbers, nearing 100 yards rushing with six first downs, but five penalties hurt the team as well as several dropped passes that left the team 0-7 passing in the gameís opening two quarters.

Milan opened the third period with a five-minute drive before finally being forced to punt.

Sabe Sears took over from there. He moved the chains with a run before connecting on passes to Brock Bondurant and Harley Stone for two more first downs. That set up a 45-yard touchdown run by the senior. Harley Stoneís PAT kick put the Tigers on top 7-6 with 4:51 left in the third quarter.

The momentum carried over to offense. Bondurant and Stone each made tackles for losses to back the Milan offense up. Sabe Sears then tip-toed along the sideline as he picked off a Milan pass and was able to keep his feet inbounds at the 35-yard line.

Holt moved the ball to the 20-yard line with a nice run, but Milan made a stand and picked off a fourth down pass at the three-yard line.

Milan ate up the remainder of the third quarter with a drive to midfield. But See again reigned over the Wildcats as he started the fourth quarter with another big defensive play. His tackle in the backfield forced a Milan punt.

The kick sailed into the end zone for a touchback, placing the ball at the 20-yard line for the Tigers.

That made the math easy to calculate when Sabe Sears took the ensuing snap and rushed around the right side. Harley Stone made a key block that freed Sears for an 80-yard touchdown run to make the score 13-6 with 9:01 left to play.

A quarterback sack by Stone on Milanís next possession forced a punt. But the Milan defense held and got the ball back with 2:40 left in the game.

The Tigers defense pinned Milan deep. Andy Garrett recorded a quarterback sack, just missing a safety, giving Milan a fourth down and 23-yards to go scenario. Milan elected to punt and try to make one last stand on defense, but the Tigers ran out the clock on the 13-6 victory.

Scotland County amassed 14 first downs on offense. Sabe Sears carried the ball 18 times for 109 yards and two scores. He completed two of five pass attempts. Rod Sears had 30 yards on 10 attempts and Holt carried the ball four times for 34 yards.

Milan was held to just 36 yards rushing in the second half. Staggs had 87 yards on 24 carries while Thompson finished with 61 yards on 19 attempts.

Stone, Garrett and Rod Sears topped the Tigers defensive performance, each making nine tackles in the game. Taylar Rader made eight stops for SCR-I.

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