September 20, 2012

Greyhounds Race Away From SCR-I in 43-8 Loss

MattRobbins looks for running room as he returns a kickoff during Friday night's football game played at Central Methodist University iin Fayette.

On Friday night the Scotland County football team appeared to be on the brink of something big on numerous occasions. But it was ultimately Henry County that came up with the significant plays that turned what could have been a much closer game into a 43-8 blowout win for the Greyhounds in a contest played on neutral ground at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

SCR-I took the opening kickoff and got a quick burst of energy from Zach Miller. The senior broke an eight-yard run on his first carry of the season. Miller was ineligible the first three games of the year after missing the pre-season while he was completing National Guard training.

Unfortunately the drive quickly stalled and the Tigers were forced to punt. Windsor was backed up by a bad snap, but on second down and 26 from its own 11 yard line, the Greyhounds were bailed out by a 61-yard run by Tyler Brockman. Zane Anstine scored on the next play, a four-yard run to make it 6-0 with 6:30 left in the first period. Monte Sally stuffed the two point conversion attempt.

The Tigers were able to move the chains on their second possession. Miller posted another solid run before Cordie Kigar connected with Jade Holt on a pass play that took the ball to the 48 yard line. The drive ultimately ended with a punt.

Windsor went right back to work with a solid rushing attack. Anstine capped off a a 69-yard drive with a two-yard TD run to make it 12-0 with 11:54 to go in the second quarter.

Scotland County shot itself in the foot on the next possession with a pair of 15-yard penalties that gave the ball back to the Greyhounds in good field position.

Trenton Johnson connected with Brett Rosebrough on a 36-yard TD pass with 9:21 left in the first half. Kicker Lane Soendker then hit Luke Roberts with a pass for the two-point conversion to make it 20-0.

Scotland County rallied for its lone scoring drive of the night. Chris Jackson picked up a big chunk of the yards with a long run. Miller then capped off the drive with a 23-yard TD run at the 7:33 mark of the second quarter. Kigar hit Jackson with a pass for the two-point conversion to trim the deficit to 20-8.

The Tigers kept the momentum on defense. Sally and Brice Cowell sacked Anstine for a loss before Jade Holt made a tackle for a loss, forcing Windsor to punt.

Again, costly penalties stalled the Tigers offense before it could even get started.

SCR-I got the ball right back however when Matt Robbins recovered a fumble by the Windsor punt returner.

The Tigers were unable to move the chains and turned the ball over on downs inside the 40 yard line.

Anstine quickly put the Greyhounds in scoring position with a 52 yard run before being drug down by Sally at the five-yard line. He ran it in one play later for the TD. The senior running back added the two-point conversion to push the lead to 28-8.

Robbins gave the Tigers good field position with a solid kick return. But Windsor stole the momentum when Soendker picked off a Kigar pass attempt.

That set up one final score before the half. Rosebrough broke a 51-yard TD run with 45.8 seconds left before halftime. Anstine ran in the two-point conversion pushing the lead to 36-8.

Windsor put together the lone scoring drive of the second half on the team's first possession coming out of the locker room.

Anstine finished off a lengthy drive with a six-yard run. Soendker nailed the point after attempt to make it 43-8 with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

That proved to be the final margin as the squads blew through the final 20 minutes of play under a running clock.

Anstine led the Greyhounds (3-1) with 171 yards rushing on the night and four TD's. Rosebrough added a TD run as well as a scoring reception.

Miller finished with 79 yards and a TD on nine attempts. Will McRobert ran the ball 10 times for 43 yards and Jackson finished with 31 yards on five attempts. The junior was the leading receiver with four grabs for 46 yards. Jade Holt had the other two catches as Kigar went 6-11 passing for 62 yards for the Tigers, who fell to 0-4 with the loss.

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