A promising start Friday night in Edina quickly was erased as Knox County scored touchdowns on six straight possessions to turn a 8-8 tie into a 54-8 defeat to close out the 2014 football season for the Tigers.
SCR-I opened the Class 1 District 5 tournament play going three and out on offense. But Knox County gave the ball right back following the punt with a fumble on the first play from scrimmage, as Aaron Buford stripped Brody Moubry of the ball. The Tigers were unable to take advantage of the turnover, instead giving Knox County ball back with a fumble of its own.
Knox County went 41 yards on nine plays, with Andrew Hodge bulling his way into the end zone from one yard out with 5:07 left to play in the first period. Moubry ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Moments later, the Tigers answered, as Austin Day broke a 56-yard touchdown run. Jade Holt hit Gage Dodge for the two-point conversion to knot the score at 8-8 with 4:16 left in the opening period.
The momentum was short lived as Moubry took a reverse handoff from Cedric Boone on the kickoff return and ran it back 80 yards for the TD. Hodge ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 16-8 with 4:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Day and Buford moved the chains with first down runs but the Tigers ultimately turned the ball over on downs at the 22-yard line.
Knox County covered that 78 yards in 11 plays, with Hodge and Moubry alternating the runs. The Tigers’ defense forced fourth down, but Donovan Edwards was able to hit Moubry for a nine-yard TD pass. Hodge ran in the two-pointer to make it 24-8 with 6:39 left in the first half.
After the Tigers went three and out on offense on a punt, Knox County struck again as Moubry broke a 65-yard TD run on the first play of the drive. Hodge ran in the two-point conversion to stretch the lead to 32-8 with 4:05 left in the second period.
Jade Holt broke an 18-yard run to move the chains for SCR-I before the Tigers were again forced to punt.
It took Knox County just four plays to cover the 58 yards Edwards hit Hayden Miller for a 17 yard pass play. Hodge broke a 22-yard run before he punctuated the series with a 13-yard TD run. He ran in the two-point conversion to push the advantage to 40-8 with 1:39 left in the first half.
That left enough time for one final score. The Eagles turned a fumble into more points, taking over at the 13-yard line.
Three plays later Moubry was again in the end zone on a six-yard TD carry that made the halftime score 46-8 after Landyn Swearingen stuffed Hodge on the two-point attempt.
Knox County opened the third period with one final touchdown, an eight play drive that covered 68 yards. Hodge scored on a 14-yard run with 5:49 left in the third period to make the final score 52-8 with a running clock for the entire second half.
Scotland County finished 181 yards of total offense and eight first downs. Knox County racked up 21 first downs on 382 yards of total offense.
Day led the way with 123 yards and a TD on 16 rushes. Holt had 41 yards on eight carries.
Hodge finished with 156 yards and three TDs on 18 rushes and Moubry had 146 yards and two scores on 11 rushes. Edwards completed one of two passes for 26 yards.
Aaron Blessing led the SCR-I defense with seven tackles. Will Pickerell made six stops as did Swearingen.
Knox County advances to play Milan, a 44-0 winner over Schuyler County. South Shelby was a 53-0 winner over North Shelby and will play Paris, who pounded Putnam County 57-8 in the other District 5 semifinal.