October 14, 2010

Six Searsí Scores Help Tigers Tower Over North Shelby in 53-13 Victory

North Shelby visited Tiger Field on Friday night. But by the time the game was over, the Raiders may have felt like they had been to the Sears Tower as a pair of Sears cousins from Scotland County helped SCR-I tower over their opponents by a final score of 53-13.

However, the Tigers started out in the basement early in the first quarter. Harley Stone recovered a North Shelby fumble on the visitorís first drive, but SCR-I went three and out on offense.

A good punt by Sabe Sears backed North Shelby up to the seven yard line. That wasnít far enough as Alex Thrasher connected with Bryan Ramsey for a 93-yard touchdown pass to put North Shelby ahead 7-0.

The Tigers fumbled the next possession away before the defense righted the ship. Andy Garrett sacked Thrasher to put the Raiders in a hole and force a punt.

The Tigers mounted a 60-yard drive that was capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run by Sabe Sears with 3:05 left to go in the first quarter. Brock Bondurant connected with Drew Miller on a pass play for the two-point conversion to put the Tigers ahead 8-7.

Scotland County got the ball back when Brock Bondurant picked off a Thrasher pass attempt at the 34-yard line. Solid runs by Laden Holt and Sabe Sears set up a five-yard TD run by Rod Sears that made the score 14-7 with 7:05 left in the second period.

The two teams traded punts on their next possessions before the turnover bug bit North Shelby again. This time it was Sabe Sears with the interception at the 45-yard line.

The Tigers quickly moved into scoring position as Bondurant found Harley Stone with a 24-yard completion. Sabe Sears finished off the scoring drive with a seven-yard TD run with 1:33 left in the first half. Bondurant then hit Sabe Sears with a pass for the two-point conversion to push the lead to 22-7.

The second half started much like the first, as North Shelby took advantage of a fumble on the kick off to provide good field position. Thrasher ultimately punched the ball in on a one-yard run that cut the SCR-I lead to 22-13 with 9:30 remaining in the third quarter.

But Scotland County answered with a long drive that was fueled by a pass play from Bondurant to Stone that put the team in scoring position quickly. Rod Sears put the ball into the end zone with a seven-yard run with 8:09 left in the quarter to make it a 28-13 score.

The next drive was nearly a carbon copy, as the air attack of Bondurant and Stone set up another Sears touchdown run, this time by Sabe Sears from three-yards out, extending the advantage to 34-13 with 1:49 left in the third period.

The roles were reversed on the next possession, as Rod Sears set up the score with a long run. Bondurant then connected with Stone on the first play of the fourth period for a 24-yard touchdown pass. Stone booted the PAT kick to make the score 41-13.

Laden Holt got the ball right back for SCR-I with the teamís third interception of the night.

Rod Sears broke a 36-yard touchdown run that made the score 47-13 with 10:34 left in the contest.

Scotland County tacked on one final tally as Zach Miller shredded the North Shelby defense for a 35-yard TD to make the final margin 53-13.

Scotland County racked up 21 first downs on the night led by the Sears duo. Sabe Sears carried the ball 16 times for 130 yards and three TDs. Rod Sears rushed for 151 yards and three scores on just 16 attempts, racking up four runs of 20 yards or more. Miller added 42 yards.

Bondurant completed eight of 15 pass attempts for 97 yards and a TD.

The SCR-I defense held North Shelby to just 67 rushing yards while forcing three turnovers. Will See and Andy Garrett kept the pressure on the quarterback, as Thrasher was sacked four times. Tackle totals were spread out by a good team effort. Sabe Sears led the way with seven stops while Stone and Bondurant each made six tackles.

The victory gives SCR-I back-to-back wins for the first time this season, pushing the teamís record to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. The two teams will meet again in the season finale during district play.

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