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September 9, 2010

Indians’ Air Attack Too Much for Scotland County in 34-12 Loss

32-12 is a loss no matter how one looks at it, but heading into Friday night’s game versus perennial powerhouse Clark County, it was anyone’s guess what to expect from Scotland County, which was coming off a disappointing 31-0 defeat at Salisbury in the team’s opener.

While the team dropped to 0-2 on the year, Friday’s performance against the Indians definitely provided a needed ray of hope for the Tiger faithful.

SCR-I did not get off to a promising start. After taking the opening kickoff and securing the initial first down, the Tigers coughed the ball up near midfield.

Clark County wasted little time taking advantage of the turnover. Justin Alderton scored on a five-yard TD run with 7:57 left in the first quarter. The PAT kick made the score 7-0.

After Sabe Sears gave Scotland County good field position with an excellent kick return, SCR-I went three and out and was forced to punt.

The Tigers defense looked much better on its second trip. Laden Holt made a good tackle to pin Clark County with a third down and long. But the Indians were still able to move the chains.

Harley Stone backed up Clark County with a quarterback sack, but another third down and long was quickly erased when Seth Williams connected with Dalton McCarty on a 66 yard touchdown pass that quickly made the score 14-0 with 4:31 left in the first period.

Coach Brent Bondurant challenged his team’s defense after the play.

“We’re playing great defense for two or three plays and then breaking down and giving up the big play,” he told his squad. “We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot.. We can’t let them off the hook like that.”

The defense got the message, but it was the offense that brought the Tigers back to life after the slow start.

Scotland County dominated the line of scrimmage on the next possession as Sabe Sears, Rod Sears and Harley Stone all picked up first downs rushing up the middle. Scotland County’s motion offense seemed to keep the Indian defenders off balance most of the first half.

Brock Bondurant connected with Rod Sears on a key pass play to move the chains and get the Tigers into scoring position.

Rod Sears finally capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run up the middle to make the score 14-6 with 5.4 seconds left in the first quarter. A two point conversion by the Tigers failed.

Clark County tried to steal the momentum back, marching the ball down the field in just under two minutes. Williams scored on a 17-yard scramble to push the Indians advantage to 21-6 with 10:05 left in the first half.

The Tigers answered the challenge with another scoring drive. Stone moved the chains with a good run and followed it up with a pass play from Bondurant to get the ball near midfield.

Rod Sears corralled a shovel pass from Bondurant and ran free up the gut all the way to the 35-yard line. Sabe Sears the broke a 24-yard run that had SCR-I knocking on the doorsteps of the end zone once again.

Stone nearly crossed the goal line on the next play, leaving the Tigers with a short one-yard span that Bondurant gobbled up on a quarterback sneak on the next play to cut the deficit to 21-12 with 6:55 left in the second period.

That remained the halftime score thanks to a key stop by the Tigers defense. Ben Shannan made a tackle in the backfield before Rod Sears broke up a pass play to put Clark County in that familiar third down and long scenario. There was no big play to be had for Clark County as Taylor Rader, Andy Garrett and Will See put on a solid pass rush that forced back-to-back incompletions resulting in the Indians turning the ball over on downs.

The third period was all Clark County. The Indians took the kickoff and marched down field with Alderton scoring on a five-yard run with 10:41 left in the third period to make the score 28-12.

The Indians made the necessary defensive adjustments at halftime, shoring up the interior of the defense and shutting down the Tigers rushing attack.

After an SCR-I punt, the Indians again mounted a scoring drive capped off by a seven-yard pass from Willaims to Ryan Whiston to make the score 34-12 with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

The contest turned into a defensive battle in the fourth period as the two teams traded punts as time ran out on the Indians victory, once again securing the Jason Rockhold Memorial Traveling Trophy for CCR-I for another season.

Scotland County racked up 14 first downs in the game, but just three after halftime. Rod Sears had 79 yards on 12 attempts while Sabe Sears had 63 yards on 12 carries. Stone picked up 21 yards rushing.

Bondurant completed six of 13 passes for 62 yards, with five of the six completions going to Rod Sears.

SCR-I was flagged eight times on the night for 50 yards in penalties.

Clark County picked up 23 first downs in the contest with a balanced attack. Williams completed 15 of 26 passes for 242 yards and two TDs. McCarty had 111 yards and a TD on three catches while Whiston added five grabs for 55 yards and a score.

Alderton ran the ball 15 times for 91 yards and two TDs. Williams added 71 yards and a TD on eight rushes.

Sabe Sears led the Tigers defense with 11 tackles on the night. Bondurant made nine stops while Garrett and Stone each were credited with seven tackles.


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