September 22, 2011

State-Ranked Tipton Too Much For Tigers in 49-0 Defeat

Ben Shannan looks for running room around the right side of the offensive line during first quarter action of Saturday's game in Tipton.

Playing the #3 ranked team in the state is tough enough, but Scotland County was forced to take on Tipton on Saturday afternoon extremely undermanned, with just 22 players dressed out for the contest. Then mother nature topped off the 7 a.m. departure time for the nearly 4 hour bus ride, with a steady dose of rain in the first half of the contest.

The Tigers didn't help themselves out from under the dark cloud, getting pinned deep after the opening kickoff sailed over the return men's heads before being fielded just outside of the end zone. The Tipton defense waited just one play to stuff SCR-I back into the end zone and record the safety to take a 2-0 lead.

The Cardinals took the following free kick and quickly marched into scoring position. Quarterback Riley Brant scored on a one yard run with 10:45 left in the first quarter. The point after attempt (PAT) by Dylan Cooper was good, pushing the lead to 9-0.

Ben Shannan gave the Tigers a ray of hope with a solid run on his first carry, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. That backed up SCR-I and ultimately forced a punt.

Tipton quickly moved into scoring position again. But Brant mishandled a snap and Brock Bondurant scooped up the loose ball and raced toward a Scotland County score. He was caught near midfield and the ball came loose, with the Cardinals recovering the fumble.

The home team took advantage of the second opportunity as well as a questionable horse-collar penalty call to immediately get right back into scoring position. Dallas People scored on a 12-yard run with 4:36 left in the opening period. The PAT kick made it 16-0.

After Scotland County went three and out on offense, Tipton mounted another scoring drive, capped off by a 3 yard run by Aaron Ray to push the advantage to 22-0 with 10:44 left in the second quarter.

Following another Scotland County punt, Tipton unveiled its air attack. Brant connected with Zach Knipp on a 52-yard TD pass with 7:40 remaining in the first half to make the score 28-0.

Scotland County finally moved the chains on the next possession, taking advantage of a pair of Cardinals' penalties before the drive stalled out just across midfield.

That left Tipton just enough time for one final tally before the intermission. Ray punched the ball into the end zone from three yards out with 1:07 left in the first half. Peoples ran in the two point conversion to make the score 36-0 and insure a running clock in the second half under the Missouri mercy rule.

Scotland County was held to just 27 yards of total offense in the first half and three first downs. Tipton racked up 365 yards of offense and 17 first downs.

Coach Tony Brady elected to stick with the starters to open the second half, and Tipton took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to tack on another tally. Peoples scored on a 16-yard TD to make it 42-0.

Scotland County nearly got on the board when Zach Miller broke a long kickoff return before being denied.

Tipton tacked on one last score with 5:12 left in the fourth quarter. Michael Romano scored on a seven yard run. Cooper's kick made the final score 49-0.

Scotland County was held to just four first downs in the contest. Bondurant ran the ball 12 times for 26 yards. Shannan had four carries for nine yards. Scotland County completed three of nine passes for 20 yards.

Ray led a balanced Tipton attack with 100 yards rushing on nine carries. Peoples finished with 98 yards on 13 attempts. Knipp had 74 yards on five attempts and Brant added 40 yards on nine rushes. The junior also completed five of seven pass attempts for 143 yards.

Miller led the Tigers defense with 12 tackles. Stone finished with 11 stops and Jed Troutman made nine tackles.

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