September 19, 2002
Marceline Plays Friday The 13th Villain To Tigers Football Team
Quarterback Curtis Cochran cuts the option inside as he tries to break past the Marceline defenders during Friday night football action at Scotland County R-I High School.
It wasn't your typical hack and slash Friday the Thirteenth show but the results were just as scary for the Scotland County football team which saw its record drop to 0-2 on a night that saw most of the Tigers competition in the Tri-Rivers Conference get on the winning track.
For the second straight week Scotland County ran into a tough non-conference foe as Marceline traveled to Memphis and handed the Tigers a convincing 33-6 defeat.
The only thing stopping the visiting team early on was itself as Marceline was hurt by penalties. The MU look-a-likes had a 51-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game called back on a holding penalty.
That only prolonged the drive by Marceline, which quickly ate up the field position in big chunks behind a massive offensive line led by all-state candidate Greg Harrison (#54). Marceline ultimately got into the endzone on a four-yard run by Reece Switzer. Harrison made the point after attempt to put the visitors on top 7-0 with 8:23 left to play in the first period.
The yellow hankies continued to daunt Marceline as back-to-back offsides penalties gave SCR-I its first first down of the game. That was the only time the Tigers moved the chains on the opening possession however as a fumbled pitch attempt backed the Tigers way up and forced a punt.
Marceline took over and quickly picked up a 15-yard run from quarterback Scotty Wolfskill but the Tigers defense held from there and forced a punt that went into the endzone for a touchback.
Aaron Dale started the second possession with a six-yard gain for the Tigers. SCR-I then lost a yard on second down before an incomplete pass ended the possession with a punt.
Marceline moved the ball behind the ground game of running back Zack Neblock but ultimately put the points on the board through the air. Wolfskill connected with tight end Nathan Brownwell for a 36-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick by Harrison was good pushing the Marceline lead to 14-0 with over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The third time looked like the charm for Scotland County as the offense got rolling on the third possession of the contest. Joel Myers rambled for nine yards on first down. After Dale picked up the first down another offsides penalty on Marceline gave SCR-I the ball first and five.
Coach Brent Bondurant took advantage of the opportunity and looked for the immediate strike by calling for the pass play. Clint Cottrell made an outstanding grab to haul in the 37-yard completion despite tough coverage on the play.
Clint Cottrell hauls in the pass as the Marceline defender wraps him up.
Myers again picked up good yardage on the first down. However the Marceline defense came alive and stopped the Tigers on fourth and one at the 12 yard line, turning the ball over on downs for SCR-I and ending a big scoring chance.
Marceline started right where it left off as Neblock busted back-to-back runs of more than 10 yards each to move the ball close to midfield. Coach Bondurant called a timeout and used the stoppage to challenge his defense to step up their play.
The strategy worked as the Tigers held on the next three plays forcing a Marceline punt.
Unfortunately the momentum did not carry over on offense where Scotland County could not pick up a first down and went three and out, punting the ball back to Marceline.
A clipping penalty backed Marceline up to start the drive. But three straight runs of 10 yards or more quickly had the team in scoring position at the 29-yard line. But the flags kept falling and a holding call stalled the drive making it first down and 20 yards to go. The Tigers stopped the Marceline screen play for a short gain and then broke up a pair of pass attempts to force a punt.
Linebacker Jared Shelley fights off a block as he tries to pounce on a fumble by the Marceline runningback during the game September 13 in Memphis.
Scotland County took over at the 13-yard line with 3:32 left in the first half. Dale moved the chains with a couple solid runs. That didn't stop the Marceline sidelines from using all three of its timeouts trying to get the ball back one last time.
The strategy seemed to work as the Tigers drive stalled and SCR-I was forced to punt. Ultimately it backfired as the kick returner muffed the punt and it was recovered by Scotland County at the 30-yard line.
The Tigers barely got the first down on fourth and inches on the quarterback sneak by Curtis Cochran. That set up the next play a 20-yard pass completion from Cochran to Cottrell for the touchdown. Marceline blocked the PAT kick by Tim Robinson, making the score 14-6 at the intermission.
The momentum carried over for the Tigers to start the second half. On the first play from scrimmage Cochran kept the ball on the option and broke free around the right end covering 41 yards before he was tripped up.
That was as close as SCR-I could get going three more plays before punting.
The defense came out strong for Scotland County backing Marceline up on its first possession of the half and forcing the punt.
The turnover bug bit Scotland County on the next possession. Cochran found receiver Joe Talbert across the middle between two defenders. Talbert made a tough catch but the ball came loose as he was immediately hit on the play. Marceline picked up the fumble and returned it to the 31-yard line.
Marceline looked poised to blow the game but fumbled the ball away at the two-yard line where Scotland County took over. The Tigers could not mount any offense under the shadow of the goal line and narrowly escaped a safety before Robinson punted the ball out of trouble as time ran out on the third quarter.
Marceline made it 20-6 when Wolfskill connected with Ben Mosler for a five-yard TD pass. Cochran blocked the PAT kick.
Jared Shelley gave Scotland County good field position with a solid kick return. But the Tigers could not take advantage of it as the Marceline pass defense held the Tigers to three incompletions followed by a punt.
Switzer quickly put Marceline in scoring position once again as he broke a 62-yard run. Cottrell made a touchdown-saving tackle bringing down the Marceline back at the 13-yard line.
The junior defensive back stopped the drive for good three plays later as he intercepted a pass in the endzone.
Marceline returned the favor four plays later intercepting a Cochran pass and returning it to the 25-yard line.
The visiting team took advantage of the turnover as Wolfskill threw his third TD pass of the game, hitting receiver Blake Weese for a 27-yard scoring completion. The PAT failed leaving the score 26-6 in favor of Marceline.
The SCR-I offense turned the ball over for the second straight possession as Cochran scrambled and tried to find a receiver before fumbling to give Marceline the ball at the 14-yard line.
Marceline brought in the junior varsity offense with 5:09 left to play and the Tigers defense stopped them on four downs to get the ball back.
The Tigers turned the ball over one final time, fumbling the snap on a punt attempt allowing Marceline to take over just yards from the final score. Chuck Core punched it in from five yards out. Harrison made the PAT kick to make the final score 33-6.
Marceline racked up 19 first downs on the night behind nearly 300 yards on the ground. Switzer had 159 yards on 19 carries while Neblock had 97 yards on 19 attempts. Wolfskill completed seven of 14 passes for 93 yards. He had three TD's and one interception. The lone negative was the 10 penalties for 75 yards.
The Tigers rushed for 89 yards, with nearly half that total coming on one play by Cochran. The senior QB ran for 49 yards on five carries. Dale was held to 16 yards on 16 attempts. Myers had 12 yards on six attempts.
Cochran completed five of 18 passes for one TD and one interception. Cottrell caught three passes for 64 yards. Talbert had one grab for 16 yards and Dale caught one pass for 11 yards.
Eric Long topped the Tigers defensive performance with 11 tackles. Brett Masden had 10 stops while Dale added nine. Cottrell and Myers each made eight tackles and Cochran had seven stops.