November 8, 2001
Tigers Go Out In Style With 56-32 Demolition Of Midgets
It was senior night at Scotland County R-I High School November 1 and the Tigers elder statesmen went out in style with a 56-32 victory over Putnam County.
The 56 points marked the Tigers highest scoring output by far. What made the offensive onslaught even more impressive was the scoring didn't start until the second period. Both teams started slow on offense, punting away their first possessions.
Several of the Tigers seniors saved their best for last. Tailback Jarrod Talbert racked up career highs in both attempts and yards and helped carry SCR-I to the win.
Talbert carried the Tigers second possession, a six-minute drive that ended with the senior scoring on a two-yard TD run. The two-point attempt failed, leaving the Tigers ahead 6-0 with 11:31 left in the second period.
The Midgets tried to counter the SCR-I run game by going to a six-man front. You take what the opposition gives you, so Coach Dave Shalley went to the passing game.
Quarterback Aarron Holt connected with fellow senior Tim Buford on a pair of completions to move the chains. Holt then hit Stott with a 13-yard completion.
Scotland County added to the advantage when Aarron Holt connected with Kirk Stott for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Stott was sprung down the left sideline by an excellent block from fellow receiver Curtis Cochran that allowed Stott to coast to the endzone for the score.
Jeff McBee took the option pitch from Holt and carried it in for the two-point conversion to make the score 14-0 with just over three minutes until halftime.
But that three minutes proved long enough for SCR-I to lose the lead. The dangerous Putnam County passing game came to life as sophomore quarterback Ian Gilworth hit Brad Ryles in the right flat area. Ryles eluded a pair of Scotland County tacklers and then outran the defense for a 44-yard score. Gilworth then hit Ryan William to make the two-point conversion with 2:05 left in the second period.
Aaron Dale gave the Tigers great field position with a long kickoff return, pushing SCR-I to try to add to the score before the break. SCR-I was unable to get much going and turned the ball over on downs with just over one minute left in the half.
Scotland County got the ball right back when Dale picked off the Gilworth pass across the middle and returned it to mid field.
But Gilworth did one better just two plays later. He snatched a Tigers pass out of midair after it deflected off the receiver. He took the turnover down the right sideline for an 80-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion made the score 16-14 and sent the Tigers to the locker room trailing for the first time on the night.
The momentum did not last long for Putnam County as the Tigers came out of the break like a team on a mission.
SCR-I took the opening kick off of the second half and marched down field. Talbert put the points on the board as he scored on a five-yard touchdown run. Holt scored on the two-point conversion to make the score 22-16 with 8:37 to play in the third period.
The defense came up big to add to the advantage. Linebacker Eric Long picked up a Putnam County fumble and returned it 36 yards for the score. The offense took over for the two-point conversion as Holt hit Cochran with the three-yard pass to put the Tigers on top 30-16 with 4:19 remaining in the third quarter.
The defense continued to make the plays as the Tigers came up with two interceptions in the third quarter. Seniors Stott and McBee picked off a pair of Gilworth passes in the third period.
The final interception set up the third straight score for SCR-I. Talbert did the duties as he carried the ball in for a six-yard TD with 10:56 left in the fourth period. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 36-16.
Putnam County kept the ball just under 30 seconds on the next possession before Scotland County went right back to work.
This time the score came through the air as Holt hit senior tight end Brooks Small for an eight-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick was no good, giving the Tigers a commanding 42-16 margin with 7:15 left to play in the season finale.
Putnam County cut into the deficit with a solid drive that ended on a one yard TD run by Colby Myers. Gilworth then found William for the two-point conversion cutting the SCR-I lead to 42-24 with 5:21 left on the clock.
That five minutes must have seemed like an eternity as it was more than enough time for the two teams to combine for three more touchdowns in the scoring show.
Tim Robinson answered the Putnam County score at the 3:02 mark as he carried in an 11-yard TD run. Jarred Shelley ran in the two-point conversion to add to the onslaught to the tune of 50-24 with 3:02 remaining.
Putnam County came back with the varsity offense to score with 1:53 left on the clock as Gilworth hit Williams for a 28-yard touchdown. The sophomore QB then connected with David Welder for the two-point conversion.
But SCR-I was not to be outdone as Shelley capped off the game with a 47-yard touchdown run with 31 ticks left on the clock. The two-point attempt failed but still left the Tigers with a resounding 56-32 victory.
The Tigers piled up the offensive numbers led by Talbert. He saved his best game for last as he had season highs in every category, ripping off 164 yards on 27 carries. He picked up three touchdowns and had a long run of 27 yards behind the blocking of McBee at fullback. The later also carried the ball six times for 31 yards.
The sophomore tandem of Dale and Myers combined for 112 yards on just 11 carries. Myers wrapped up his night with four straight runs over 10 yards, including a rush of 22 yards. Shelley had 50 yards on two carries while Robinson finished with 28 yards on three attempts. Overall the Tigers rushed for more than 400 yards, by far a season high.
The passing game did damage too as SCR-I went well over the 500-yard mark for total offense. Holt threw 25 times, completing 11 passes for 137 yards, one interception and two touchdowns.
He spread the wealth around, hitting five different receivers. Buford led the crew with four catches for 56 yards. Stott, Chase Moore and Cochran each had two receptions while Small added the TD catch.
Putnam County amassed some impressive passing numbers as Gilworth threw the ball 44 times, completing 24 for 335 yards. He threw two touchdowns but the Tigers picked him off three times.The Midgets only ran the ball 13 times for 49 yards.
With the big passing game of the Midgets, Scotland County's defensive backfield got its biggest workout of the season. Stott and Holt led the team with 10 and nine tackles respectively from the cornerback spots. Stott added an interception and combined with Robbie Miller on a quarterback sack. Miller, Eric Long, McBee, and Dale each had six tackles.
The Tigers finished the season with a 5-5 record and a 4-3 mark in the Tri-Rivers Conference.