October 20, 2011

SCR-I Starts Second Season With 35-6 Win Over Eagles

Scotland County's second season started in impressive fashion on Friday night as the Tigers opened district play with a 35-6 domination of Knox County in Edina to spoil the Eagles homecoming and bring home the Kyle Peterson memorial trophy in the Clyde rivalry game.

SCR-I wasted little time setting the tone for Friday night's contest. After Harley Stone moved the chains with a pair of runs, quarterback Brock Bondurant broke a 54-yard touchdown run. A Knox County offsides penalty switched the Tigers plans on the point after attempt, and Stone ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0 just a minute and half into the contest.

Will McRobert recovers a Knox County fumble.

The Tigers maintained the momentum. On Knox County's second play from scrimmage, Will McRobert pounced on a fumble to give SCR-I the ball in good field position.

Stone quickly got the Tigers into scoring position with a solid run before Knox County buckled down on defense. Finally on fourth and goal, Bondurant scored on a one yard quarterback keeper. Stone added the PAT kick to make it 15-0 with 6:14 left to play in the first quarter.

After the two teams traded punts, Knox County finally got things going on offense. The Eagles took advantage of SCR-I's defense, which was without Stone and Jed Troutman, who were both on the sideline due to injuries.

Quarterback Leighton McCabe put the Eagles in scoring position when he broke a tackle and escaped for a 46 yard run. That set up a four-yard TD run by Donovan Edwards with 5:34 left in the second quarter. The Tigers stuffed the two-point attempt, to keep the score at 15-6.

The Tigers quickly recaptured the momentum courtesy of a long air strike from Bondurant to Drew Miller. The Tigers coaching staff called the perfect play, with a pump fake to the receiver in the flats forcing the Knox County cornerback to commit, and allowing Miller to escape deep for the 51-yard bomb. Stone's PAT kick was no good, leaving the advantage at 21-6 with 3:20 left before halftime.

Knox County came right back courtesy of another big McCabe run on a broken play. But this time the Eagles were denied when Bondurant picked off a McCabe pass attempt in the end zone and the Tigers were satisfied to run out the rest of the clock on the first half.

The Tigers defense forced the third turnover of the contest on Knox County's opening possession of the third period when Stone recovered a fumble near midfield.

The Tigers moved into scoring position with a 23-yard completion from Bondurant to Zach Miller. Again, the Eagles defense held and forced a fourth down and goal situation. Bondurant found Miller in the corner of the end zone for a one-yard TD pass with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Stone nailed the PAT kick making the score 28-6.

After forcing a three-and-out for the Knox County offense, SCR-I again moved into scoring position before finally turning the ball over on downs at the 15-yard line.

Knox County picked up its lone first down of the second half on the next possession. But the momentum was short lived. Ben Shannan fired up his defensive teammates with a smashing tackle. Will Masden finished off the Eagles drive when he was able to fight off a double team of blockers to snag McCabe and pull him down in the backfield to force the turnover on downs.

The Tigers put the game away with one final scoring drive. Bondurant hit Stone with a 39-yard pass play to put the ball in scoring position. That set up a five yard TD pass from Bondurant to Miller with 6:39 left in the fourth period to make the final score 35-6.

The Tigers defense finished off an impressive night of play, allowing just 10 first downs on the contest, nine of which came in the first half. McCabe was held to 107 yards rushing, 71 of which came on two big plays involving missed tackles. The Eagles only had 149 yards of total offense and just six yards of passing.

Masden led the defensive charge with 11 tackles. Bondurant made eight stops and had the key interception.

The offense featured a balanced attack. Bondurant completed seven of nine passes for 136 yards and three TDs. Miller grabbed a career best four passes for 72 yards and all three scores. Stone had one reception for 39 yards and Miller had one grab for 23 yards.

Bondurant ran the ball 14 times for 98 yards and two TDs. Stone had 47 yards rushing on eight carries and Laden Holt added 51 yards on eight attempts.

SCR-I will host Schuyler County, a 47-0 winner over North Shelby in their district opener, on Thursday night, October 20th in Memphis in round two of the District 10 playoffs.

The winner of District 10 will play the runner-up from District 9 and while that district's champion will take on District 10's #2 team in the first round of the state playoffs on November 2nd.

In District 9 action, Paris bested Van Far 33-14 while South Shelby topped Louisiana 48-13.

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