November 4, 2010

SCR-I's Four Seniors Shine in Regular Season Finale

Scotland County's four senior players apparently wanted to make sure they got to play at least one more high school football game.

Sabe Sears, Andy Garrett, Will See and Rod Sears each scored at least one touchdown on Thursday night at Shelbyville as the Tigers demolished North Shelby 62-12 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

A 29-16 victory by Schuyler County over Knox County the following night officially punched the Tigers ticket as the Class 1 District 10 runner up as the win gave Schuyler County the district crown and dropped the Eagles to 1-2 in district play.

SCR-I improved to 2-1 in impressive fashion, scoring early and often.

After a pair of long runs quickly put the Tigers in scoring position, Rod Sears broke a 36-yard touchdown run on the team's third play from scrimmage. Harley Stone's PAT kick made it 7-0 with 10:36 left in the first period.

North Shelby was not as fortunate on offense. The second snap of the game for the Raiders sailed over quarterback Alex Thrasher's head and was recovered by SCR-I's Andy Garrett in the end zone.

Stone drilled the PAT kick pushing the lead to 14-0 with 9:47 to play in the opening quarter.

Scotland County's defense kept the Raiders in check on the next possession. A big hit by Drew Miller forced an incomplete pass and set the tone for the defense. Garrett and Taylor Rader recorded back-to-back quarterback sacks, forcing a North Shelby punt.

Rod Sears found the end zone again, this time on a 26-yard TD run making the score 20-0 with 7:10 still to play in the first quarter.

After the Tigers defense held on downs, Laden Holt broke a 39-yard run, being forced out of bounds just before scoring. That set up a one-yard TD run by Stone. The junior ran in the two point conversion to extend the lead to 28-0 with 4:03 remaining in the first period.

After another defensive stop, Sabe Sears took over the ground attack, moving the chains with a pair of lengthy runs before capping off the drive with a one-yard TD run to make the score 34-0 with 2:15 to go in the first quarter.

Rod Sears found the end zone for the third time in the contest when he scored on a four-yard run with 8:39 on the clock in the second period extending the cushion to 41-0 when Stone nailed the PAT kick.

The senior tailback made it a career night when he broke a 51-yard TD run for his fourth score of the contest. The touchdown came with 2:36 left in the first period. Stone booted the extra point to push the lead to 48-0 at the intermission.

North Shelby got on the board with the opening drive of the third period under the running clock rule. Thrasher connected with John Stoneburner on a 17-yard TD pass at the 8:16 mark to cut the deficit to 48-6.

Zach Miller got the points right back for SCR-I when he scored on an eight-yard run with 5:55 to play in the third quarter. The TD was set up by the work of Sabe Sears who broke the 200-yard mark for the contest and also surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season before being pulled from the game midway through the third period.

Miller got the Tigers the ball back with an interception. The junior nearly scored on a running play but was ruled down at the one-yard line. That set up a unique opportunity for See. The senior lineman was brought into the game at running back and he bulled into the end zone for the TD to cap off the big night for the seniors.

Stone made his sixth PAT kick of the night to make it 62-6 with 9:30 left to play.

North Shelby added a late score when Wade Kemp ran for an 11-yard TD with 4:07 left in the game to make the final score 62-12.

North Shelby was held to 12 first downs on the night. Thrasher completed 13 of 22 passes for 193 yards, one TD and one interception. Stoneburner had seven catches for 127 yards. The team was held to 65 yards rushing.

Stone and Rod Sears topped the Tigers defense with seven tackles a piece. Garrett recorded two sacks and two tackles for losses to go along with the fumble recovery.

Sabe Sears finished with 202 yards on 17 attempts to lead the Tigers. Rod Sears scored on his first four carries of the night before finishing with five rushes for 119 yards.

The Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a 5-5 mark as well as a 3-2 record in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

A Schuyler County win on Friday night combined with a Putnam County loss to Milan meant the Rams and Midgets will share the conference crown with matching 4-1 records in the TRC. Milan and SCR-I finish tied for third at 3-2 followed by Knox County (1-5) and North Shelby (0-6).

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