October 4, 2012

Early Lead Disappears as Milan Spoils SCR-I Homecoming

Monte Sally (53) haults the Milan runner, comingup with a big stop on fourth down during the Tigers' Homecoming game Friday night.

For the first time all season, Milan found itself trailing in a football game, and Scotland County fans can only wonder what if, a key play in the first period would have turned out differently.

The Tigers took advantage of an early turnover to jump on top of the Wildcats, but saw the momentum stolen back on an interception that clearly should have been flagged as pass interference on Milan.

In the end, Milan ran away from the Tigers, overcoming the SCR-I homecoming hype en route to a 50-14 win to remain unbeaten.

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and moved the ball down field. SCR-I moved the chains on a run by Will McRobert and a pass play from Cordie Kigar to Chris Jackson. The Tigers crossed midfield on a good run by Zach Miller before the drive was stalled by a penalty.

The Homecoming crowd came to its feet when Milan fumbled the punt and the Tigers recovered on the 11-yard line. That ultimately set up a two-yard run by William McRobert. Kigar hit McRobert with a pass for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

The high-powered ground attack of Milan came right back. Mason Thompson broke a pair of lengthy runs to put the ball in scoring position. The senior scored on a 14-yard run and added the two-point conversion to knot the score at 8-8 with 3:14 left in the first quarter.

Then SCR-I went back to work and again crossed midfield with the momentum of another drive. That was cut short when Milan's Caleb May came up with an interception on a play that saw the SCR-I receiver knocked to the ground. The pass interference was not flagged, giving Milan the ball.

Senior Monte Sally continued an impressive first half of defense when he came up with a big stop on fourth and short to force Milan to turn the ball over on downs at the 31 yard line.

Milan got the momentum right back when Jordan Eddy pounced on an errant pitch by the Tigers. The fumble recovery set up a three-yard TD run by Aaron Richardson with 10:00 left in the second quarter. The PAT kick made it 15-8.

After an SCR-I punt on its next possession, Milan went to the air, with Eddy connecting on a pair of long passes. That set up a 10-yard TD run by Thompson with 3:52 left in the half to make it 22-8 at the intermission.

Milan looked poised to blow the game open, taking the opening kickoff of the second half and marching down the field behind the Thompson train. The senior back had a pair of long runs before scoring from 10-yards out just over a minute into the third period. The PAT made it 29-8.

The Tigers refused to quit. SCR-I moved the ball down field and converted on an 8-yard TD pass from Kigar to Jackson to trim the deficit to 29-14 midway through the period.

But Thompson proved too much for the Tigers down the stretch. He scored on a 12-yard run with 2:28 left in the third period and then put the game away down the stretch with his fifth TD of the night. Richardson found the end zone with 10:26 remaining in the game when he broke a 21-yard score. Thompson's final score came with 4:47 left in the contest when his 16-yard TD run made it 50-14.

Scotland County put together more than 200 yards of total offense. McRobert carried the ball 21 times for 41 yards. Miller had 50 yards on six attempts. Kigar completed 10 of 20 passes for 91 yards, a one TD and one interception. Brice Cowell had four receptions for 48 yards. Jackson caught four passes for 33 yards.

Thompson finished with 287 yards rushing and five TDs on 33 carries. Richardson added 93 yards and two TDs on 13 attempts. Eddy completed four of five passes for 77 yards.

The Tigers fell to 1-5 on the season and 1-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference while Milan moved to 5-0 and 2-0 in the TRC.

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