A furious second half comeback allowed the Scotland County sixth grade football team to best Putnam County 12-6 on Saturday afternoon in Memphis.
The Cubs recovered an onside kick to start the game and marched the length of the field before fumbling at the 10-yard line. Putnam County responded with a scoring drive to lead 6-0 at the half.
Alex Long took the opening kickoff of the second half all the way back for a touchdown. He added a second score to put the Cubs ahead 12-6.
Eli Kigar came up with a big quarterback sack to end a last-second drive by Putnam County.
Coach Jason Emel praised the efforts of fourth grader Payton Frederick who was forced into action in the later games due to an injury.
“We were missing one of our key starters on the line so we were scrambling most of the day to mix and match up front,” said Emel. “Frederick finally got the call and he did a great job, playing with a lot of heart.”
SCR-I dropped the fifth grade game by a final score of 12-6. The day also featured a fourth grade jamboree, with the youngsters playing 20 downs each of offense and defense.
The elementary football program will be in action again this Saturday, hosting Macon. The fifth grade game will kick off at 5 p.m. with the 6th grade game to follow.