Scotland County found the end zone early and often on Friday night in North Shelby as the Tigers got into the win column with a 55-22 victory over the Raiders.
SCR-I had excellent field position after backing up the Raiders on the opening possession of the game. A good punt return by Aaron Buford set up SCR-I with first and goal. Austin Day plunged into the end zone from one yard out with 9:41 to give Scotland County a 7-0 lead following Jade Holt’s PAT kick.
The Raiders answered in quick fashion as Dylan Mettes connected with Jacob Rich on a 55-yard pass play. That set up a five yard TD run by Matthew Perry. Mettes hit Luke Reitz on the two point conversion to put the Raiders on top 8-7 with 7:00 remaining in the first period.
SCR-I came right back. Ryan Slaughter broke a 23-yard run before Day moved the chains with a pair of first down runs. The sophomore capped off the drive with his second score of the contest, a two-yard TD run. Holt hit Mason Van Hoozen on the two point conversion to make the score 15-8 with 3:44 left in the first period.
After a North Shelby punt, SCR-I again found the end zone. Runs of 21 yards by Slaughter and 15 yards by Day set up a six-yard TD pass from Holt to Buford. Holt’s PAT kick pushed the lead to 22-8 with 11:06 to play in the second quarter.
North Shelby answered less than 60 seconds later as Mettes hit Rich for a 49-yard TD pass. The two-point attempt failed, leaving the score at 22-14 with 10:19 left in the second quarter.
Scotland County got the points right back when Buford scored on a 22-yard TD run. The PAT kick made the score 29-14 with 8:02 left in the first half.
A sack by Aaron Blessing forced a Raiders punt that turned into more points for the Tigers. A 13-yard run by Riley Kliethermes and a 24-yard pass play to Ian See set up Day’s third TD of the contest, a four-yard run. The PAT kick made the score 36-14 with 1:17 in the second period.
SCR-I continued the onslaught to start the second half as Jade Holt returned the opening kickoff 67 yards for a touchdown. The PAT extended the lead to 43-14 with 11:50 left in the third period.
After a sack by Holt forced a punt, Slaughter broke a 32-yard run on the first play for a TD with 8:46 left in the third period to make the score 49-14.
North Shelby cut into the lead when Mettes hit Austin Engle on a nine-yard TD pass with 7:49 left to play to make the score 49-22.
An interception by Kody Parkins set up the final score for the Tigers. Slaughter capped off a big night with a 40-yard run with 4:56 left to play to make the final score 55-22.
Scotland County improved to 1-4 and 1-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference amassing 304 yards of total offense. The Tigers defense held the Raiders to -11 yards of rushing but did surrender 184 yards through the air.
Slaughter led the offense with 127 yards and two TDs on seven carries. Day finished with 85 yards and three TDs on 17 carries. Holt ran the ball for 22 yards on two attempts and also completed two of three passes for 30 yards and a TD. Buford had a TD reception as well as one rushing, finishing with 17 yards total.
Aaron Blessing and Tristen Kice each had six tackles to lead the defense while Kliethermes finished with five stops.