September 29, 2011

SCR-I Shines on Homecoming Night With 44-28 Win Over Putnam County

Brock Bondurant ran for a season-high 162 yards and two touchdowns on Friday night as SCR-I defeated Putnam County 44-28.

Finally back at full strength and riding the momentum of the day's Homecoming celebrations, Scotland County broke into the win column in big fashion on Friday night, pounding Putnam County 44-28 to cap off the festivities.

The Midgets generated some concern early, as they took the opening kickoff and marched down the field. Quarterback Brett Thomas connected with Trey Ream on a 29-yard TD pass with 8:40 left in the first period to sap some of the energy from SCR-I's biggest crowd of the year. Will Masden and Taylor Rader stuffed the two-point attempt to keep the deficit at 6-0.

Scotland County answered on its first possession of the night. Brock Bondurant and Laden Holt picked up big chunks of real estate behind the excellent blocking of the offensive line that included Rader, Christian Bradley, Michael Yarbrough, Jed Troutman and Monte Sally. Bondurant capped off the drive with a 29-yard TD run with 6:35 remaining in the first period. Harley Stone booted the point after kick through to give Scotland County its first lead of the season, 7-6.

Putnam County looked poised to regain the lead after a long drive, but the Tigers defense held, and the Midgets turned the ball over on downs at the 12-yard line.

The Tigers went back to work on offense with Holt doing the touchdown honors from three-yards out with 4:54 to play in the second quarter. Stone's PAT kick made it 14-6.

Scotland County changed the scoreboard just moments later when Bondurant stepped in front of a Thomas pass attempt and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. Stone's kick split the uprights making it 21-6 with 4:39 left in the first half.

The two teams traded punts in the final minutes, with SCR-I getting one final chance to tack on points when Bondurant made his second interception. Time ran out on those efforts, with the Tigers leading 21-6.

Scotland County took the opening kick of the second half and marched down the field for another score. Holt scored on a two-yard run with 6:08 left in the third period. Bondurant then connected with Chris Jackson for the two-point conversion to push the margin to 29-6.

Putnam County came right back with a quick scoring drive fueled in the large part by the running of Thomas. The senior quarterback scored on a 28-yard run with 3:59 on the clock. Sally and Shannan combined to stop the two-point attempt to keep the lead at 29-12.

The Midgets recovered an onside kick and quickly found the end zone again when Thomas scored on a six yard run. He ran in the two point conversion and suddenly it was 29-20 with 2:04 left in the third period.

Putnam County had SCR-I pinned with a third down and long, and it appeared like the contest might be slipping away from the Tigers. That's when Bondurant connected with Holt, who broke a tackle on the sideline and sprinted to a 62-yard touchdown.

"That was the key to the game, said coach Brent Bondurant. "The momentum definitely was slipping away from us there, and Laden made a huge play."

Assistant Coach Daniel Burns praised the blocking on the play, saluting the offensive linemen for their efforts. "That play was all on you guys," he told the blockers. "He had all day to make that pass thanks to your blocking. Great job."

Stone's PAT kick was good extending the margin to 36-20 with 1:01 still left in the third quarter.

Laden Holt returns the kickoff looking for room behind the block of Lucas Howard.

Putnam County again made it a one possession game when Thomas capped off a long drive with a 1 yard TD run. He ran in the two point conversion to make the score 36-28 with 7:10 left in the game.

Zach Miller gave the Tigers excellent field position with a good kick return. Taylor Rader moved into the backfield on a key fourth down situation and got his first carry of the season to move the chains for the Tigers. That kept the drive alive and allowed Bondurant to break a 29-yard TD run. The senior quarterback capped off his huge night by running in the two-point conversion to push the lead to 44-28 with 4:06 left in the contest.

Putnam moved into scoring position but the Tigers held on downs and then ran out the clock on the win.

The Tigers racked up a season-high 17 first downs on the night. Bondurant ran the ball 13 times for 162 yards and two TDs. Holt ran the ball 12 times for 75 yards and two scores.

Bondurant completed seven of 11 pass attempts for 119 yards and a TD. Stone had five grabs for 54 yards. Holt had the one catch, a 62-yard TD.

Thomas led Putnam County with 30 carries for 148 yards and three scores. Damien Gilworth added 47 yards on eight rushes. Thomas completed 11 of 17 passes for 194 yards, a TD and an interception.

Stone topped a big night for the Tigers defense with 16 tackles. Masden finished with 14 stops while Troutman made 13 tackles. Bondurant and Shannan each had 11 tackles with Bondurant adding two interceptions.

Scotland County improves to 1-4 on the year and 1-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

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