November 3, 2011

Seniors Celebrate End of Regular Season, Gear up For State Playoffs With 50-6 Victory Over North Shelby

Taylor Rader puts the pressure on the Raiders' quarterback.

After surviving a brutal schedule in the opening half of the 2011 football season, the Scotland County program attained one of its goals on Thursday night, getting back to .500 on the year with a 50-6 win over North Shelby in the regular season finale.

Scotland County's eight seniors went out in style, even if they didn't play as many minutes as normal, which is exactly what the coaching staff was hoping for as the Tigers already had a district championship sewed up.

If the Tigers were looking toward their opening round state playoff game on Wednesday night, it didn't show.

Harley Stone hit a perfect kickoff that found an opening in the North Shelby return scheme. Cordie Kigar raced downfield and pounced on the loose ball before a Raider even touched it, giving the Tigers possession in scoring position.

Three plays later it was Brock Bondurant scoring on a 22-yard touchdown just 90 seconds into the contest. Stone booted the PAT kick through the uprights making the score 7-0.

SCR-I got the ball right back when Monte Sally recovered a North Shelby fumble on the Raiders first play from scrimmage.

Coach Brent Bondurant went to the playbook, giving scouts something else to worry about. The Tigers unveiled a pass play that saw Bondurant pitch the ball to Stone, who ran right before halting and throwing the ball back to the left to a wide open Bondurant who ran the ball in for a 17-yard TD reception with 8:39 left in the first quarter. Stone's kick made it 14-0.

After a North Shelby punt, Stone took the snap at quarterback and broke a 65-yard TD run with 6:36 left in the first period. He missed the PAT kick, leaving the lead at 20-0.

Following another Raiders punt, the Tigers put together a lengthy drive, that covered twice as many yards as necessary due to several costly penalties. Ultimately it was Stone capping off the possession with a 13-yard TD run on the first play of the second period. His kick pushed the advantage to 27-0.

Quarterback Brock Bondurant eludes the North Shelby blitzer.

After the two teams traded punts, the Raiders moved the chains for the lone time in the first half with 5:49 remaining in the opening half.

Zach Miller stole the momentum from North Shelby when he picked off a Raiders pass and returned it 32 yards for the score with 4:45 left in the second quarter. Stone put another PAT kick through the uprights making the score 34-0.

The Tigers defense forced one more North Shelby punt late in the first half. That set up a quick scoring drive, ending with a 16-yard TD run by Laden Holt. The PAT kick extended the margin to 41-0 and ensured a running clock in the second half.

Scotland County's defense was dominating in the first 24 minutes, allowing only one first down and holding North Shelby to just 27 yards of total offense.

Z. Miller made the score 47-0 when he broke a 41 yard touchdown run with 6:10 left in the third period.

Stone capped off a huge senior night when he booted a 37-yard field goal with 11:01 remaining in the fourth period to extend the margin to 50-0.

North Shelby got on the board when freshman quarterback Jacob Rich broke through the defense and sped to a 54-yard touchdown with 8:12 left in the contest. The two-point conversion failed, making the final score 50-6.

The TD run accounted for more than half of the Raiders' offense on the evening as SCR-I kept North Shelby in check despite resting some of the team's starters. Sally led the defense with six tackles while Ben Shannan, Will Masden and Chris Jackson each were credited with five stops. They held the Raiders to just four first downs and 130 yards of total offense.

Stone ran the ball six times for 109 yards and two TDs. He completed one of two passes for 16 yards. Bondurant ran the ball five times for 45 yards and also had his first touchdown reception. Holt finished with 43 yards on six attempts and Z. Miller had 50 yards and a TD on three attempts.

The Tigers will host the District 9 runner-up, Louisiana, in the opening round of the state playoffs on Wednesday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. District 10 runner-up, Knox County will travel to South Shelby to take on the District 9 champions.

The winners of these two contests will meet on Monday, November 7 in the second round of the playoffs. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. with the game site to be announced.

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