A rematch of a soggy week #4 contest at a nearly flooded Paris football field, saw Scotland County on much more solid ground as the Tigers opened the first round of the Missouri Class 1 state playoffs with a 56-14 win over the Coyotes to extend the SCR-I winning streak to eight straight games.
The Tigers wasted no time taking the lead. After forcing a Paris punt on the opening possession of the contest, Scotland County got on the scoreboard with a lone offensive snap. Jaydan Payne took a handoff and went 59 yards for the touchdown. Will Fromm hit Alex Long on the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0 with 10:05 left in the first period.
A fourth down sack by Eli Kigar and Luke Triplett got the Tigers the ball back.
Fromm broke a 32-yard run to put his team right back in scoring position. After a 13-yard run by Parker Triplett, Fromm scored on a six-yard run. Payne kicked the point after to extend the lead to 15-0 with 4:12 left in the opening quarter of play.
A Mathew Woods interception led to the scoring drive for SCR-I. Payne broke a 38-yard run to set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Fromm to Parker Triplett. Payne’s PAT kick made the score 22-0 just before the close of the first quarter.
The SCR-I defense put the pressure on Paris with a pair of sacks. Luke Triplett, Eli Kigar and Branton Burrus met at the quarterback for a 12-yard loss to end the Coyotes possession with a punt.
A 29-yard kick return by Alex Long set up the next score. Long carried the ball 10 yards before Fromm connected with Woods on the next play for a 26-yard TD pass. Payne’s kick was good to push the advantage to 29-0 with 9:51 left in the second period.
Scotland County put together an 86-yard drive on the next possession. Fromm hit Woods for a 21-yard gain before Payne broke a 17 yard run. After a 13-yard run by Fromm, the senior quarterback hit Payne with a screen pass that went to the end zone. The play covered 33 yards to make the score 37-0 after the two play from Fromm to Alex Long.
A 55-yard punt return by Woods put SCR-I right back in scoring position. Alex Long scored on the next snap on a 10-yard run to make the lead 43-0
After another Paris punt, SCR-I went 41-yards on six plays capped off by a six-yard TD by Payne to push the lead to 50-0 late in the second period.
The Coyotes went for it on fourth down and long, leaving SCR-I a short field with just seconds left in the first half thanks to a sack by Jacob Cochran and Hunter Carter.
Alex Long scored on the next play, a 20-yard run to give Scotland County a 56-0 lead at the intermission and insure a running clock the entire second half.
Paris scored on a 12-yard pass play midway through the fourth period and tacked on a 38-yard TD completion late in the fourth quarter to make the final margin 56-14.
Scotland County amassed 389 yards of total offense, the vast majority in the first half of play. Paris was held to 168 yards of total offense and just 16 rushing yards.
Payne carried the ball 11 times for 153 yards and two TDs and also caught a 33-yard TD to lead the Tigers. Fromm ran five times for 66 yards and a score and Alex Long had two rushing scores on four carries that covered 34 yards.
Fromm completed six of 12 passes for 100 yards and two TDs. Woods had three catches for 51 yards and a TD.
The Tigers’ defense combined for four sacks and forced a pair of interceptions by Woods and Hayden Long. Payne led the team with seven tackles.
Scotland County improved to 8-2. As the #1 ranked team in the district, SCR-I will now host #4 seed South Shelby. The Cardinals defeated Knox County 36-0 on Friday night.