September 27, 2012

Tigers Overcome Penalties, Turnovers to Break Into Win Column



William McRobert was a workhorse in the Tigers 6-0 win over North Shelby on Friday. The sophomore running back carried the ball 28 times for 136 yards.


Scotland County's colors are blue and white, but the football team tried to add yellow to the scheme on Friday night as the Tigers were flagged for 10 penalties on the night, costing more than 100 yards and nearly costing the team its first victory of the season.

Ultimately the Tigers overcame the flurry of flags as well as a pair of costly fumbles to down North Shelby 6-0 on homecoming night at Shelbyville.

The Raiders were unable to take advantage of a good kick return to open the game, going three and out on offense. A good punt backed SCR-I up to their nine-yard line.

The Tigers earned some breathing room with a 21-yard pass play from Cordie Kigar to Chris Jackson. But the junior signal caller was called for a personal foul later in the drive, backing SCR-I up and ultimately allowing the drive to stall at midfield.

Jade Holt placed a perfect punt to the two-yard line and North Shelby was unable to move the chains.

That proved to be the theme for the rest of the first quarter for both squads as they traded punts.

A solid run by John Arnett finally helped North Shelby escape the poor field position, but the drive ultimately stalled at the 40-yard line.

SCR-I turned to Will McRobert on the team's first possession of the second half. The sophomore tailback accounted for the bulk of the 55 yards SCR-I moved to put the ball first and goal at the five yard line.

But SCR-I went backwards from there. An errant pitch was recovered by the Tigers but not before a loss of 15 yards. The Tigers were unable to punch the ball in from there and turned the ball over on downs.

North Shelby moved the ball to midfield before turning it over on downs to give SCR-I one final shot to put points on the scoreboard before the half.

Jackson picked up a key first down with what seemed like two-thirds of the Raiders defense riding on his back as the junior receiver picked up 16 yards to put the ball at the 35-yard line with 1:38 left on the clock.

The momentum was short lived as North Shelby held on defense to preserve the 0-0 tie at the intermission.

Scotland County opened the second half with excellent field position courtesy of a strong kick return by Brice Cowell. McRobert did the bulk of the work on the 51-yard scoring drive before Kigar scored on a one-yard TD run with 8:10 left in the third period. The two-point attempt failed, leaving the score at 6-0.

Arnett put North Shelby in good field position with another solid run across midfield. But a fumbled snap and a 15-yard penalty backed the Raiders up to face a fourth down and 35 yards to go. A roughing the kicker penalty on the punt bailed North Shelby out with a first down.

SCR-I was then flagged for a face mask penalty that again helped North Shelby move the chains.

Ultimately the drive ended when Caleb Doubet picked off a pass at the one yard line with 3:09 left on the clock.

McRobert quickly gave the Tigers some needed breathing room with a 34-yard run. The drive stalled courtesy of a holding penalty that cost SCR-I 10 yards and helped them turn the ball over on downs.

The flags continued to fly as SCR-I again moved the chains for North Shelby with another 15-yard personal foul that pushed the ball across midfield.

Jed Troutman put the brakes on for North Shelby with a huge quarterback sack that ultimately forced a Raiders' punt.

Scotland County looked poised to put the game away with a solid scoring drive that ate up much of the fourth quarter clock. But the Tigers fumbled at the two-yard line, giving North Shelby life.

Another SCR-I facemask penalty helped the Raiders get out of the shadow of the goal line.

Jackson moved the home team back with a quarterback sack and then teamed up with Troutman to bring down the quarterback in the backfield again, forcing a fourth down and 37 yards to go. Doubet came up with his second interception of the night to close out the drive and SCR-I ran out the clock on the 6-0 win.

McRobert finished with 136 yards on 28 carries. Zach Miller had 24 yards on four attempts. Kigar completed five of 11 passes for 56 yards. Jackson had two receptions for 36 yards.

Arnett led North Shelby with 140 yards on 16 carries.

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