October 18, 2012

Jackson Electrifies Tigers With Four TD Performance in 32-14 Win

Lightning struck four times on Friday night in Unionville for Chris Jackson as the junior running back scored four touchdowns in the Tigers big victory. (Photo by Chuck Kigar.)

After an uninspired performance at home the week before in a blowout loss to Knox County, the Tigers needed to catch lightning in a bottle.

They did just that on Friday night in Unionville and had the 45-minute storm delay to prove it. Scotland County stood tall over the Midgets in a 32-14 victory.

Putnam County received the opening kickoff but the Tigers defense did not allow the home team to move the chains, forcing a quick punt.

SCR-I got its offense moving early as Chris Jackson broke a 28-yard run to put the ball into scoring position. The junior capped off the drive with a six-yard run to put the Tigers ahead 6-0. Immediately after the two-point pass attempt fell incomplete, the game was halted due to lightning.

Scotland County did not let the delay curve the team aggressiveness. The SCR-I coaching staff went for the onside kick as play resumed, and the Tigers recovered the ball in excellent field position.

Despite a pair of penalties that backed the drive up, SCR-I rushed into scoring position when Zach Miller broke a 51-yard run. The senior was forced out of bounds just shy of the end zone. That set up a four-yard TD run for Jackson to make it 12-0 with 4:08 remaining in the first period.

After a good kick return, Putnam County was unable to move the chains as the Tigers came up with a big stop on fourth down to regain possession.

Scotland County's third offensive series of the night ended in similar manor as the first two, when Jackson capped off a solid drive with a 22-yard TD run to make it 18-0 with 10:33 to play in the second quarter.

Putnam County had two more shots to put points on the board in the first half, mounting drives to only see the Tigers defense hold. The Midgets turned the ball over on downs at the 24-yard line midway through the second period. Monte Sally had a key quarter back sack on the next possession, again forcing the Midgets to turn the ball over on downs.

SCR-I had one final chance to add to the lead but an interception as time ran out ended the scoring threat and the half with the Tigers on top 18-0.

After a shortened halftime, the Tigers took the opening kickoff of the second half and watched William McRobert break a 62-yard touchdown run less than 30 seconds into the second half to extend the lead to 24-0.

Putnam County finally got on the board midway through the third period when quarterback Jacob Parker scored on a TD run to trim the deficit to 24-6 with 7:21 on the clock.

The Tigers took the points right back with another quick scoring drive. Jackson capped off a career night with his fourth TD run of the contest. The two point conversion gave the tigers a 32-6 advantage.

Putnam County refused to go quietly. Parker led the Midgets on another scoring drive, hitting Chance Hendy with a 31-yard TD pass on the first play of the fourth period. Parker ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 32-14.

The Tigers covered an onside kick attempt and looked poised to put the game away. Cordie Kigar hit Jade Holt with a long pass to put the ball at the 11-yard line. But penalties backed up the Tigers and the drive stalled.

Parker again went to the air as the Midgets moved the ball down field. The drive ended on a Jade Holt sack before the Tigers ran out the clock on the 32-14 victory.

William McRobert racked up a season-best 172 yards rushing and a TD on 26 carries. Jackson finished with 120 yards and 4 TDs on 10 carries and Miller had 101 yards on seven attempts. Kigar completed two passes for 43 yards.

The Tigers held Putnam County in check on defense. Parker had 98 yards rushing on 22 carries. He also completed six of 15 passes for 105 yards. SCR-I improved to 2-6 on the season and 2-2 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Putnam County fell to 1-7 and 1-3 in the TRC.

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