Scotland County put together its best offensive showing of the 2014 season just in time for Homecoming. Unfortunately, the defense had no answers for the high-powered attack of Clark County as the Indians amassed nearly 600 total yards en route to a 56-20 victory over the Tigers in the first rematch of neighboring counties since the Indians left the Tri-Rivers Conference.
SCR-I had good field position on the opening drive and caught the Indians off guard with a fake punt as Jade Holt ran the ball for 18 yards across midfield for a first down. The Tigers’ quarterback moved the chains with another first down run before the drive stalled out at the 25-yard line.
Clark County took just nine plays to eat up the 75 yards and quarterback Brendan Boatman capped off the drive with a five yard TD run. Carson Hunziker made the point after attempt to make the score 7-0 with 5:08 remaining in the first period.
The Indians got the ball right back with an onside kick and promptly extended the lead to 13-0 when Shaw Hunziker broke a 34-yard TD run with 3:14 still to play in the opening quarter.
A pair of good runs by Austin Day behind the revamped Tigers’ offensive line were erased by a penalty and a sack that forced the Tigers to go three and out with a punt.
The Indians took advantage of a short kick and a pair of good runs by Shaw Hunziker to set up an 18-yard TD run by Boatman with 10:07 on the clock in the second quarter. Boatman hit Leighton Bradley with the two-point conversion pass to make the score 21-0.
A failed onside kick attempt gave SCR-I good field position. The Tigers overcame a penalty as Day broke runs of seven and 10 yards to move the chains. The drive ended on downs at the 29-yard line.
Clark County marched the ball to the other end of the field behind the running attack of Boatman and Thayden Cline. SCR-I made a defensive stand as Gage Dodge broke up a pass. Day stuffed a third down run attempt before Landyn Swearingen met Cline in the backfield on fourth and one and stopped the Indians drive on downs.
The momentum carried over to offense as Holt broke a 24-yard run with the final 10 yards or more coming courtesy of Tyler Buford and his fellow lineman pushing the pile forward. Holt then connected with Ian See for a 13-yard completion. Another good run by Holt gave the Tigers the ball at the 13-yard line, but SCR-I could not punch the ball in and Bradley picked off a third down pass as time ran out on the first half.
The Indians opened the second half with a long drive that culminated in a 15-yard TD pass from Boatman to Bradley. The Tigers halted the two-point try to keep the lead at 27-0.
SCR-I’s next possession ended in an interception that the Indians turned into another scoring drive. Boatman connected with Adam Conners on a 14-yard TD pass to push the lead to 33-0 with 1:33 left in the third period.
The Tigers got onto the board on the first play of the fourth quarter. Another failed onside kick attempt gave the Tigers excellent field position. Day broke a 23-yard run and then was on the end of a 33-yard TD pass from Holt to make the score 33-6 with 11:50 left to play.
Just moments later, Shaw Hunziker broke a 42-yard TD run. Colin McKee ran in the two-point attempt to push the lead to 41-6 with 9:28 left to play.
Holt hit Riley Kliethermes with a 24-yard pass before he hooked up with Ryan Slaughter for a 31-yard TD pass that was freed up by a key block by Dodge. Holt hit Day on the two-point conversion play to make the deficit 41-14 with 5:59 left to play.
Chance Sonnenburg had runs of 22 yards and 16 yards before he plunged into the end zone from 11 yards out with 5:20 on the clock. McKee ran in the two-point conversion to push the lead to 49-14.
After a SCR-I punt, Bradley broke a 56-yard TD run for the Indians. Carson Hunziker made the PAT kick to push the lead to 56-14.
Day gave the SCR-I fans one last highlight as he returned the ensuing kickoff 80-yards for the touchdown to make the final score 56-20.
Holt completed six of 14 passes for 105 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. He also ran the ball 11 times for 101 yards. Day carried the ball 13 times for 72 yards. He also caught two passes for 38 yards and a TD. Slaughter had two receptions for 32 yards and a TD.
Day led the SCR-I defense with 10 tackles. Aaron Buford added eight stops while Will Pickerell had seven.
Boatman racked up 251 yards and three TDs on 21 carries. He also completed four of nine passes for 21 yards and two scores. Cline finished with 121 yards on 19 rushes and Hunziker had 92 yards on eight attempts as the Indians ran for 573 yards on the night.