September 8, 2011
Indians Put on Fireworks Show in Final Installment of Rock Rivalry Game
Most spectators had not seen so many fireworks since the fourth of July, and for Scotland County fans, the pyrotechnics were no consolation for a difficult time on the football field Friday night in Kahoka.
The Tigers had high hopes of ending a nine-year losing streak to the Indians and bringing home the Jason Rockhold memorial trophy in the final installment of the rivalry game.
Unfortunately Clark County had other plans.
Zach Miller took the opening kickoff and nearly broke the return down the near sideline before being pushed out of bounds at the 35-yard line by one of the last defenders the speedster had to beat.
That proved to be the lone highlight for the offense in the first quarter. SCR-I went three and out and a bad snap on the punt left Clark County with excellent field position.
But the Tigers defense kept Clark County out of the end zone as Taylor Rader and Jed Troutman made key stops, forcing Clark County to turn the ball over on downs.
Penalties backed SCR-I up to the shadow of its own end zone. Brock Bondurant connected with Harley Stone and Will McRobert on pass plays to get them out of the shadow of the end zone but not enough for a first down. A penalty for roughing the kicker on the punt gave SCR-I its lone first down of the first period, but only prolonged the drive for three more plays before Stone punted the ball away again.
The Indians finally broke through the SCR-I defense with 1:18 left in the first quarter. Bryce Boudreau scored on a two yard touchdown run to make the score 6-0 as Indian fans launched the first volley of celebratory fireworks. The point after try (PAT) was no good.
After SCR-I went three and out on the ensuing possession, Clark County made quick work of a second scoring drive. Williams connected Austin Egley for a long pass play. The duo then hooked up for a 13-yard TD pass with 11:13 left in the second period. Kellen Schantz ran in the two point conversion to make it 14-0 and set off the second round of pyrotechnics.
A failed onside kick attempt was recovered by the Tigers at the 47-yard line. But SCR-I could not take advantage of their best field position, instead going backwards with penalties that led to another punt.
Williams quickly put Clark County into scoring position with a long run as well as a 25-yard completion to Matt Loter that found the ball at the 15-yard line.
The Tigers dug in, backing the Indians up and pinning them in what seemed like an insurmountable fourth down situation with 22 yards needed for the first down.
Williams broke the Tigers resolve when he eluded the SCR-I blitz and scrambled 26 yards to pick up a first down. Egley capped off the drive two plays later with a six yard run that made the score 21-0 with 5:50 to play in the first half.
That opened the flood gates for two more scores as Clark County took advantage of three SCR-I turnovers to pull ahead 34-0 at the intermission.
Boudreau scored on a four-yard run with 2:29 left on the clock on a drive set up by a SCR-I fumble.
Williams second rushing TD of the first half came with just 44 seconds left to make it 34-0 after an SCR-I interception.
The Tigers were held to just 54 yards of total offense in the first half. They were flagged seven times for 60 yards on penalties. Clark County's defense held SCR-I to 6-17 passing and forced two interceptions.
The Indians racked up 13 first downs as Williams had 96 yards on just eight carries. He also completed six on nine passes for 110 yards.
The senior quarterback added to those totals on the first play of the second half. He connected with Loter on an 88-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 41-0 with just 19 seconds into the third period and start the clock running nonstop under the Missouri mercy rules.
The Indians tacked on a final tally when Schantz scored on a run with 4:20 left in the third period to make the final margin 48-0 as the two teams turned the contest over to the second strings.
Miller took over at quarterback for SCR-I and managed to amass more than 50 yards rushing late in the contest but SCR-I was unable to punch the ball into the end zone before time expired.
In a classy display of sportsmanship, the Clark County team graciously accepted the Rock trophy from family members of Jason Rockhold, including Tigers lineman Michael Yarbrough, in a post game presentation. After a brief celebration, the Indians returned the trophy to Yarbrough, so it could return to its rightful resting place at SCR-I.