October 25, 2012

Upset Bid Slips Away From Tigers in Second Half of Loss to Rams

Monte Sally (53), Jacob Holt (52), Bailey Johnston (58) and Jed Troutman (56) swarm the Schuyler County quarterback in the backfield for a loss during first quarter action of Friday night's game in Memphis.

A couple key calls changed the complexity of the first half of Friday night's showdown in Memphis and helped Schuyler County take a 14-0 lead at halftime before the Rams blew the game open in the second half.

Scotland County gave the visiting team all it wanted early on. The Rams took the opening kickoff and methodically moved the ball into scoring position behind the running attack of quarterback Dalton Shively and tailback Zack Schmitter.

But the Tigers defense made a key stand and Caleb Doubet picked off a Shively pass attempt at the 16-yard line.

The Tigers moved the chains with a solid run by William McRobert. But the momentum washed away when SCR-I fumbled a pitch attempt and the Rams pounced on the loose ball near midfield with 3:49 remaining in the first period.

Schuyler County got on the scoreboard early in the second period as Shively capped off the drive with an 18-yard TD run with 11:21 on the clock. Monte Sally kept the score at 6-0 as he broke through the offensive line to block the kick on the point after try (PAT).

SCR-I started with excellent field position after a short kickoff by the Rams. McRobert moved the chains for a first down as he bulldozed over would-be Schuyler County tacklers. Cordie Kigar connected on pass play to Matt Robbins to pick up another first down. Faced with fourth and 12, the Tigers went for it and Kigar appeared to pick up the necessary yardage with a scramble down the sideline in front of the Tigers bench. But the official ruled him out of bounds before the marker, turning the ball over to the Rams.

SCR-I's defense stuffed Schuyler County on its third possession of the game. Bailey Johnston had the key play, knocking down a pass attempt to force a punt.

The Tigers were unable to take advantage of the good field position, and were forced to punt after a controversial intentional grounding call after Kigar was forced out of the pocket and threw the ball out of bounds.

Schuyler County was able to add to its lead just before halftime, with the aid of yet another debatable flag. SCR-I appeared to have the Rams drive stopped near midfield after putting pressure on the quarterback on third and long and forcing an incomplete pass. But SCR-I was flagged for roughing the passer due to "helmet-to-helmet" contact between the defender and the quarterback. The personal foul gave Schuyler County a first down and kept the drive alive.

Schmitter ultimately scored on a four-yard run with 38.9 seconds left in the first half. The two-point conversion made the score 14-0 at the break.

Scotland County took the opening kick of the second half and quickly moved across midfield behind a solid run from McRobert. The drive ultimately stalled and SCR-I turned the ball over on downs.

Schuyler County was unable to get any offense rolling and went three and out. The Tigers earned excellent field position when Sally blocked the punt at the 33-yard line.

But the offense went backwards and ultimately coughed up the ball on a fumbled snap.

That opened the door for a Schuyler County scoring drive capped off by a 12-yard TD run by Shively with 2:33 left in the third period. The PAT kick made it 21-0.

The Rams attempted an onside kick, but the Tigers recovered. The possession was short lived, as the Rams intercepted a pass and returned it into scoring position.

Shively connected with Brandon Wuebker for a 29-yard TD pass on the first play of the fourth period to push the lead to 27-0.

The two teams traded punts much of the fourth period before the Rams tacked on a final tally. With 3:08 left in the game, Shively ran in his second rushing TD of the night. The PAT made it 34-0.

Schuyler County closed out the regular season with a 6-3 mark and took second in the Tri-Rivers Conference with a 4-1 record. The Tigers fell to 27 on the season and 2-3 in the TRC.

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