October 10, 2002
Last-Minute Score Allows Tigers To Bring Home 'Rock' Trophy
The Scotland County Tigers scored a touchdown in the final minutes of the October 4 contest to secure an emotional victory in the first annual Jason Rockhold Memorial Trophy game against Clark County. SCR-I beat the Indians 7-6 to bring home "The Rock" trophy.
Regardless of what happens from this point out in the 2002 football season, the Scotland County football team made the year one to remember by winning the inaugural "Rock" Trophy game 7-6 over Clark County October 4.
The Tigers brought home the Jason Rockhold Memorial Trophy with a hard-fought win that was capped off with a long scoring drive in the final minutes to come from behind.
The game looked in jeopardy early on as Scotland County continued to hamper its own efforts with penalties and turnovers.
Clark County took the opening kickoff and quickly learned the Tigers defense had come to play. SCR-I stopped the Indians who found themselves faced with a fourth down and one yard to go. But a costly offsides penalty on the Tigers gave the Indians a first down and set up Clark County's only score of the night.
Just two plays later Sean Kite took the handoff and went around the left end. He broke through the line and sped through the Tigers backfield untouched on his way to a 43-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good, leaving Clark County ahead 6-0 with 9:08 to play in the first period.
The Tigers looked ready to respond on offense. Good runs by Joel Myers and Aaron Dale helped move the chains. The Tigers were nearing midfield when quarterback Curtis Cochran fumbled on an option run and the Indians recovered.
The quick score coupled with the early turnover had the momentum swinging in Clark County's favor. But the Tigers defense responded quickly causing a turnover for the Indians. Cornerback Chase Moore pounced on the Clark County fumble to give the Tigers the ball back.
The Tigers offense once again started rolling up the yardage. Cochran hit Jason Findling for a 12-yard completion. Faced with third down and long to go Cochran took matters into his own hands scrambling for the first down. Myers and Tim Robinson had back-to-back solid runs to move the chains again. The drive continued through the air. Cochran was hit as he threw but laid out a perfect pass that was hauled in on a great catch by Moore to put the ball on the 23-yard line.
But once again a fumble stopped a scoring opportunity as Dale was hit and coughed up the ball at the 14-yard line with 48 seconds left in the first period.
That proved to be the final scoring opportunity for SCR-I in the first half as the game was turned over to the defense.
Clark County got out of the hole deep in SCR-I territory with the help of another key offsides penalty. The Indians marched the ball down field, eating up much of the second period before the Tigers defense held on downs at the Indians 15-yard line.
Scotland County was unable to mount anything on the team's third possession and punted the ball away with 2:35 to play in the first half.
Aaron Dale tries to break free from the Clark County tackler as he rushes the ball during first quarter action of the Tigers 7-6 victory over Clark County.
Clark County could do nothing with the ball on the final possession as the Tigers defense continued to play big. Linebacker Jared Shelley came up with a quarterback sack on second down and then followed it up with another tackle in the backfield to end any hopes for the Indians on that possession as time ran out on the first half.
Scotland County took the kickoff to start the second half. After one first down the Tigers were forced to punt the ball away.
The defense held for SCR-I as Moore came up big, knocking down the Clark County pass attempt to force the opposition to punt.
Receiver Chase Moore hauls in a pass from Curtis Cochran. Moore had a season-high seven receptions in the Tigers victory.
Moore played a big role on the impending drive as well. He was on the other end of a 28-yard pass play from Cochran that moved the ball past mid field for the Tigers.
The drive stalled there courtesy of two consecutive broken plays that left the team facing fourth down and nine. But a penalty on the Tigers punt gave SCR-I the ball back with a first down.
The team looked poised to take advantage of the break. Cochran and Moore teamed up to move the chains for two more first downs.
The drive appeared to be stalled as the team was faced with fourth down and 10 from the 15-yard line as time ran out on the third period. The Tigers came up with the big play as Cochran connected with Clint Cottrell who was brought down at the three-yard line, good enough for a first down.
A penalty backed the Tigers up to the eight-yard line. That didn't seem to matter as two plays later Myers carried the ball into the endzone. One official signaled a touchdown as the ball came loose. The other official was blowing his whistle as the Clark County defense pounced on the loose ball. After a lengthy conference the officials ruled the play was not a touchdown so it was an inadvertent whistle, meaning the down would be replayed.
That proved costly for the Tigers as running back Tim Robinson was stripped of the ball on the next play and Clark County recovered the fumble.
The turnover appeared to take the out wind of the Tigers sails. Jeremy Roberts broke a pair of big runs for Clark County to get the team out of the shadow of its own endzone.
The Indians appeared poised to run the clock out on the game when a key penalty turned a third down and one into a third down and 16 when the Indians running back was flagged for illegal equipment (no tailbone pad).
The penalty helped SCR-I stop the Indians and get the ball back with 6:38 left in the game and 70 plus yards to go for the score.
Myers ate up some of the yardage with a pair of good runs. However the Indians stopped the Tigers next three plays facing the Tigers with a critical fourth down and seven yards to go.
After a Tigers timeout the team went to the air. Cottrell came back through double coverage to pull down the pass for a first down at the 30-yard line.
Myers ripped off two more runs to put the ball at the 17-yard line with 3:41 left to play.
Clark County stuffed the first run attempt. An incomplete pass left the Tigers faced with third and long. Cochran faded back to pass but could not find a receiver. He turned it up field and made his way all the way to the three-yard line before being stopped with 2:16 on the clock.
Clark County turned back two Tigers running plays before Cochran scored on the one-yard quarterback sneak to tie the game at 6-6 with 1:25 to play. Robinson came on for his biggest kick of the year and put the extra point through the uprights sending his teammates into celebration.
Clark County still had time to make one last run at the endzone. The Tigers defense was up for the challenge. Shelley stopped the first screen pass play in the backfield. Linebacker Eric Long tracked down the receiver in the backfield on second down to pin the Indians down to third and long. Danny Roach knocked down Clark County's last shot as time ran out on the 7-6 Tigers victory.
Scotland County improved to 2-3 on the year and 2-1 in Tri-Rivers Conference play with the team's best offensive performance of the year. Myers led the ground game with 68 yards on 17 carries. Dale had 30 yards on seven attempts and Cochran ran for 38 yards on 14 carries.
The senior quarterback easily had his best passing game of the year, completing 11 of 16 passes, including a string of seven in a row. He covered 103 yards in the air. Fellow senior Chase Moore also had his best game of the year with seven catches for 71 yards. Cottrell came up big late in the game with three grabs for 26 yards.
The Tigers defense continued its solid run, allowing just six points over the last two games. Travis Onken led the way with 13 tackles and one sack. Cottrell made 10 stops while Robinson added seven. Dale and Shelley each had five tackles and both finished with one sack.
The team limited Clark County to 11 first downs. Kite ran for 104 yards on 17 attempts. Roberts added 71 yards on 10 attempts. Tyler Lonigan completed five of eight passes for 35 yards.