It was a muddy mess on the field Friday night in Memphis and the sloppy surroundings spilled over to the football game a little too much for Coach Troy Carper’s liking, as his team wasn’t as crisp as he would of liked – Not that you could have known it by the final score of 48-12. Scotland County ran its winning streak to six straight, easily besting conference foe Harrisburg, despite committing a season high 11 penalties.
While the plethora of flags proved perturbing to the head coach, he had to be pleased with his team’s defensive performance, which limited the Bulldogs to just five first downs, with the bulk of their 101 total yards coming late when the contest was already decided. Senior linebacker Mason Kliethermes led the charge with nine tackles including four stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses.
It took Scotland County just three snaps from scrimmage to score the first points of the night. Matthew Woods moved the chains with a 14 yard run and two plays later Will Fromm broke a 42-yard touchdown run. Jaydan Payne made the point after try to push the lead to 7-0 just 38 seconds into the contest.
Woods ended the first Harrisburg possession with an interception but the Tigers were unable to convert the turnover into points, turning the ball over on downs in the red zone.
After Harrisburg went three and out with a punt, SCR-I put together a nine-play scoring drive capped off by a 19-yard TD pass from Fromm to Parker Triplett. Payne’s PAT kick extended the lead to 14-0 with 5:08 left in the first period.
After the defense forced another three and out for Harrisburg, SCR-I went back to work. The six-play scoring drive featured 15 yard runs by Payne and Kaden Anders as well as a 13-yard scramble by Fromm. The senior quarterback then connected with Woods for a 31-yard TD pass. A bad snap on the PAT try left the score at 20-0 with 1:52 left in the opening period.
Harrisburg answered right back on the kickoff as Wyatt Robinson broke the return for an 84-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 20-6.
Scotland County got the points back with a nine-play scoring drive finished off by an 18-yard TD run by Payne. The two-point attempt failed, leaving the lead at 26-6 with 10:49 left in the second period.
The two teams traded punts for much of the second period until SCR-I got the ball back with time for one final score. A 43-yard pass play from Fromm to Woods was followed by a 10-yard run by Fromm. Payne again found pay dirt as he scored on a 14-yard run. Anders ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 34-6 heading into the half.
Harrisburg went three and out to start the second half and Scotland County continued to add to the lead.
Payne broke a 22-yard run and Fromm and Anders added rushes of 10 and 12 yards respectively to move the Tigers down the field quickly. Payne closed out the drive with an 11-yard TD run and Fromm ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 40-6 with 7:09 left in the third period.
Harrisburg was able t take advantage of an SCR-I fumble and the short field that followed to score midway through the fourth period.
After a 42-yard touchdown run by Hayden Long was called back on a penalty, SCR-I made it right back to the end zone as Alex Long broke a 33-yard TD run to make the final score 48-12.
The Tigers finished with 498 yards of total offense and 22 first downs. Fromm completed five on nine passes for 103 yards and two TDs. He also ran the ball 11 times for 144 yards and a score. Woods caught two passes for 79 yards and a TD and ran the ball twice for 25 yards. Triplett caught two passes for 29 yards and a TD. Payne ran the ball 13 times for 108 yards and three TDs. Hayden Long had 45 yards on four rushes and Alex Long ran the ball three times for 48 yards and a TD.
Scotland County improves to 6-2 on the season heading into the regular season finale, a non-conference road matchup versus Louisiana.