September 13, 2012

State-Ranked South Calloway Strikes Early, Often in 63-20 Loss for Tigers

Cordie Kigar breaks through the South Calloway defense on his way to a first down during Friday night football action in Memphis. (Photo by Taylor Lloyd.)

Playing a state-ranked Class 2 opponent in week three wasn't exactly what the doctor had ordered for a young Scotland County team off to an 0-2 start in 2012. SCR-I was hoping the visiting South Calloway squad might have a little bus-lag after the lengthy trip up to Memphis from Mokane, but the opposite appeared to be the case early on.

The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and had points on the board just 90 seconds into the contest. After the SCR-I defense made stops on the first two snaps, South Calloway's Garner Rudroff took a pitch around the right side and rumbled 48-yards for the touchdown. Zach Marty ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

On the Tigers first play from scrimmage, Rudorff picked off a pass from Cordie Kigar. On the very next play Jason Kimminau connected with Cory Hanger on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion made it 16-0 with 10:12 left in the first period.

The Tigers second possession lasted three plays before a fumble was recovered by Hanger, and returned for a touchdown. The extra point kick was good, making it 23-0 at the 8:53 mark on the opening period.

Scotland County's offense came to life on its third possession. Despite a personal foul penalty that nullified a big run by William McRobert, the Tigers were still able to march down the field behind the powerful running of the sophomore. South Calloway returned some field position of its own, with a 15-yard personal foul penalty (the first of three such fouls on the visiting team on the night). That set up a three-yard touchdown run by McRobert. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 23-6 with 4:25 left in the first quarter.

South Calloway wasted little time getting those points back. Kimminau completed a 41-yard pass play, and then picked up 14 yards on the ground, following it up with a 15-yard TD pass to Ethan Ward. The PAT kick made it 30-6 with 3:34 remaining in the first quarter.

After the Tigers went three and out on offense, the Bulldogs tacked on one last score in the first period. Marty capped off the drive with a three-yard TD run with 57.1 seconds left on the clock. The PAT made it 37-6.

The two teams traded punts to start the second period.

After the Tigers again went three and out with a punt, South Calloway added to the lead when Rudroff broke a 68-yard TD run with 5:54 remaining in the second quarter. The PAT made it 44-6.

After a Scotland County fumble on its next possession, the visitors put one more score on the board before halftime. Hanger broke a 24-yard TD run as time ran off the clock in the first half. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 50-6 at the half.

A pair of Scotland County fumbles led to two more tallies for the visiting squad. South Calloway's back-up quarterback Troy Hentges hit Cameron Roll for a 26-yard TD pass and Dakota Ballard scored on an eight-yard run with 1:22 left in the third period to make the score 63-6.

The Tigers fifth turnover of the night, a fumble, gave the Bulldogs good field position to start the fourth period.

But the Tigers defense held and got the ball back for another scoring drive for SCR-I. Jade Holt moved the chains with a solid run. That set up a 55-yard TD pass from Kigar to Chris Jackson. Kigar completed the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 63-14 with 5:53 left to play.

SCR-I recovered a Bulldogs' fumble at the 40-yard line with 4:11 on the clock. The Tigers quickly turned that into points when Kigar again connected with Jackson, this time on a 17-yard TD to make the final score 63-20.

The #10 ranked Bulldogs amassed just shy of 500 yards of total offense, 348 of that coming on 37 rushing attempts. Rudroff did the bulk of the damage, despite just carrying the ball three times, he had 188 yards. Kimminau gained 82 yards on seven carries and Marty ran for 39 yards on seven carries. Kimminau completed 5-of-8 passes for 88 yards and the two scores, in the first half.

Kigar completed six of 12 passes for 104 yards and two scores. Jackson had 4 receptions for 88 yards and both scores. McRobert finished with 78 yards and a score on 16 rushes. The Tigers had 225 yards of total offense.

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