The Tigers jumped on Paris early and often Friday night in Memphis to score a 35-8 victory over the Coyotes and deliver Coach Troy Carper career win number one.
SCR-I nearly scored on the very first play as Gage Dodge delivered a half back pass to Brett Monroe who had got behind his defender, but the senior was unable to haul in the difficult over-the-shoulder grab.
Just two plays later though Monroe did find the end zone as he caught a quick pass to the sideline and slipped through the Paris defender and down the sideline for a 61-yard touchdown reception.
Dodge booted the point after try to make the score 7-0 with 10:49 left in the first period.
Grant McRobert had Paris going backwards with a pair of tackles for losses on the Coyotes first two plays that forced a three and out.
Will Fromm broke a 17-yard run and Dodge followed that up with another 17-yard run to quickly put the Tigers back in scoring position. Fromm hit Jace Morrow with a 10-yard pass to set up first and goal. Dodge ran the ball in for the TD from two yards out two plays later to make the score 14-0 with 7:04 left in the opening period.
Matthew Woods recovered a Paris fumble on the first play of the next possession to land the Tigers right back in scoring position. But SCR-I was turned away without points as Brandon Williams picked off a pass in the end zone.
Paris managed its first, first down of the contest before being forced to punt after Mason Kliethermes corralled Williams in the backfield for a loss on third down.
A key offsides penalty on fourth and short kept the Tigers drive alive and Fromm connected with Monroe for a 13-yard pass play to cross midfield. Jayden Payne broke a 15-yard run and then finished off the drive with a five-yard TD run to make the score 21-0 with 11:12 left in the second period.
Another three and out by Paris put the SCR-I offense back on the field 68-yards away from another tally. Fromm connected with Monroe on a 14-yard completion and then hit Matthew Woods for a 10-yard gain. The quarterback also did work with his legs, picking up a pair of rushing first downs. But the drive ended on a fumble, SCR-I’s second turnover of the first half, the lone down note of the night.
Parker Triplett took the ball right back for the Tigers, picking off a Breck Hancock pass at the 43-yard line. A pass play to Morrow and a face mask penalty against Paris pit the Tigers in the red zone and three plays later Fromm scored on a two-yard TD run to extend the lead to 28-0 with 3:38 left in the first half.
But the Tigers weren’t done. The defense did its job again, surrendering just the second first down of the contest before forcing a Paris punt with less than two minutes on the clock.
That was more than enough time for the Tigers. Fromm connected with Dodge and Monroe to move the chains twice. Then with just 26 seconds left in the half, he beat the defense with a bomb to Dodge down the middle of the field that went for a 36-yard TD. Dodge drilled the PAT kick to make the score 35-0.
Without a junior varsity schedule this season, Coach Carper and his staff went to work early getting all of his reserves into action in the second half.
Parker Triplett took over at quarterback and had a 20-yard run to help the offense move the chains. Branton Burrus added 26 yards rushing as the Tigers worked to run out the clock.
Paris was able to get on the scoreboard with 2:08 left in the game when Kaison Berry scored from six-yards out. The two-point conversion made the final score 35-8.
The Tigers’ defense held Paris to 150 yards of total offense, most of which came in the second half after the contest was already decided.
SCR-I racked up 372 yards of offense. Fromm completed 12 of 15 passes for 167 yards and two TDs. He also ran the ball 13 times for 97 yards and a TD. Monroe grabbed four passes for 100 yards and a TD. Dodge had three receptions for 41 yards and a TD and also ran the ball nine times for 50 yards and a score.
Stephen Terrill led a solid team defensive effort with eight tackles as 19 different Tigers were in on at least one stop in the game.
Scotland County improves to 1-2 on the year and 1-2 in the Lewis & Clark Conference and will take to the road for the first time to play at Schuyler County on Friday night. The Rams lost to Fayette 56-6 on Friday.