October 28, 2010

Rams Run Roughshod Over Tigers District Title Hopes in 57-26 Loss

Last week's win in its district opener had Scotland County in the driver's seat heading into week two. Unfortunately for the Tigers district hopes, SCR-I took a back seat to Schuyler County's high-powered offense, as the Rams racked up more than 500 yards en route to a 57-26 victory.

SCR-I had its chances early in the contest. After going three and out on the opening possession, the Tigers took the ball right back, as Ben Shannan intercepted Tim Gorman's first past attempt of the evening.

Scotland County moved into scoring position with a pass play from Brock Bondurant to Harley Stone. But a fumble gave Schuyler County the ball back at the 31-yard line with 7:41 left in the first period.

The Tigers defense held and forced the Rams to punt. But Schuyler County called a fake and Aaron Fowler somehow escaped three SCR-I tacklers before lofting a 45-yard touchdown pass to Dakota Schmitter. Gorman ran in the two point conversion to make the score 8-0 with 5:30 to play in the first period.

The Rams failed onside kick attempt left the Tigers with good field position. But SCR-I failed to take advantage of the short field, going three and out with a punt.

Again the Tigers defense backed up Schuyler County after Rod Sears made back-to-back tackles for losses. But Gorman connected with Fowler on a screen pass on third and long and the senior back went 31 yards for the score. Gorman ran in the two-point conversion to push the lead to 16-0 with 1:22 left in the first period.

Scotland County responded with its first scoring drive of the night. Sabe Sears picked up a key first down with a 12-yard run. He and Rod Sears each moved the chains with first down runs before Bondurant and Stone hooked up for a 14-yard pass play. That set up a three-yard TD run by Rod Sears. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 16-6 with 8:16 left in the second quarter.

The Tigers defense held on the next possession, forcing a punt and giving SCR-I a chance to climb back into the contest.

SCR-I again moved down the field with the key play of the drive coming on another completion from Bondurant to Stone. But Schuyler County stopped SCR-I and fourth down and inches at the 36-yard line.

That momentum swing was punctuated by a scoring drive capped off by a nine-yard TD run by Schmitter. The two-point pass was incomplete, leaving the Rams on top 22-6 with 2:12 left in first half.

The Tigers' two-minute offense nearly put one more score on the board before the intermission. Sabe Sears moved the chains with a run on a fake punt. He then connected with Drew Miller for a 37-yard pass play to put the ball at the 11-yard line. But the drive ended with an interception by Schmitter as time ran out in the first half.

Schuyler County opened the second half with a quick scoring drive. Gorman made a lateral to Fowler who then completed a seven-yard TD pass to Troy Tallman. Gorman connected with Schmitter on the two-point conversion to push the home team's advantage to 30-6.

Rod Sears brought SCR-I right back as he returned the following kickoff 82-yards for the touchdown to make the score 30-12 with 9:21 remaining in the third period.

The Tigers simply had no answers for the Rams offense in the second half.

Schmitter capped off another quick scoring drive as he punched in a 13-yard TD run at the 7:24 mark of the third quarter to make the score 36-12.

Scotland County turned to Rod Sears for another shot in the arm. This time the senior running back took the handoff and ran for a 76-yard TD making the margin 36-18 with 2:55 on the clock.

The Rams responded with a two-play scoring drive. Gorman hit Fowler for a 55-yard pass play. That set up a 16-yard TD pass from Gorman to Schmitter. The two-point conversion pushed the lead to 44-18 with 2:39 still to play in the third quarter.

An interception gave Schuyler County the ball right back and Gorman and Schmitter went back to work, connecting on a 24-yard pass play. Gorman's PAT kick was good to extend the lead to 51-18 with 11:31 to play in the final quarter.

Three plays later, Schmitter returned an interception 21-yards for a touchdown to make the score 57-18.

Scotland County added a late touchdown as Bondurant broke a 23-yard run up the middle to find the end zone with 9:07 left to play. That made the final margin 57-26.

Schuyler County racked up 24 first downs on the night with more than 500 yards of total offense. Gorman completed 11-18 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns. Fowler was 3-3 passing for 103 yards and two TDs. He also caught four passes for 128 yards and a TD. Schmitter ran the ball 17 times for 103 yards and two scores. He caught five passes for 91 yards and two TDs. Gorman ran the ball 10 times for 67 yards.

Scotland County picked up 15 first downs on the evening. Bondurant completed 10 of 22 passes for 176 yards. Sabe Sears was 2-7 for 45 yards. Stone made five receptions for 48 yards. Miller had two grabs for 44 yards and Rod Sears had two catches for 57 yards.

Sabe carried the ball 16 times for 60 yards and Rod had 12 attempts for 111 yards and two TDs. Bondurant ran the ball five times for 21 yards and a TD.

The victory puts Schuyler County in control of the district. A win for the Rams (2-0) over Knox County (1-1) gives Schuyler County the district title.

That scenario combined with a Scotland County (1-10) win over North Shelby (0-2) on Thursday night in Shelbyville, would still put the Tigers into the playoffs.

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