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September 1, 2011

Salisbury Stifles SCR-I in Football Season Opener



Friday night wasn't the way the Scotland County football program was hoping to kickoff the 2011 season. Salisbury broke a 7-6 deadlock, scoring on three consecutive second quarter possessions to blow open the game en route to a 40-14 win over the Tigers.

After neither team got much going on their first possessions, the Panthers were the first to put points on the scoreboard. Austin Frances connected with running back Jeremiah Johnson for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The point after try was good, making it 7-0 with 8:33 remaining in the first period.

Scotland County fans came to life on the Tigers fourth possession of the night. Brock Bondurant hit Harley Stone with a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:26 remaining in the first period. The two-point attempt failed leaving SCR-I trailing 7-6.

Salisbury responded with its second scoring drive of the night. Jackson capped off the possession with a three-yard TD run. The PAT kick was no good, leaving the score at 13-6 with 11:11 to play in the second quarter.

Panthers coach Kirk Stott, a former SCR-I graduate, called Jackson's number on the next two Salisbury possessions. He scored on a 69-yard TD run with 7:39 remaining in the second period and followed it up with a 14-yard scoring run at the 3:29 mark to give Salisbury a 26-6 halftime advantage.

The Panthers put the game out of reach early in he third period. Frances hit Zach Wyatt with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 9:17 to play in the third quarter pushing the lead to 33-6.

Frances tacked on a final tally for Salisbury when he broke a 71-yard TD run with 3:33 left in the third quarter making it 40-6.

Scotland County scored the only points of the fourth period when Bondurant escaped the Panthers defense for a 24-yard TD run. Cordie Kigar ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 40-14 with 10:28 left in the fourth period.

With the game decided, the two teams turned the action over to the junior varsity squads who played a scoreless remainder of the game.

Jackson had a dominating debut for Salisbury. He wracked up four touchdowns in week one, rushing for 216 yards and 3 TDs on 18 carries. He also caught two passes for 34 yards and a TD. Frances completed three of nine passes for 57 yards and two scores. He also ran for 93 yards and a TD on seven carries.

Bondurant recorded 11 tackles to lead the Tigers defense. Monte Sally made six stops and recorded a quarterback sack. Stone was credited with five tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Tigers offense had a tough opener. Bondurant completed nine of 28 passes for 105 yards. He threw one touchdown and was intercepted once. The senior quarterback was the leading rusher, amassing 52 yards and a TD on nine attempts.

Laden Holt had 20 yards on seven carries. He also caught two passes for 30 yards.

Harley Stone had six receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Jacob Hull completed one of two passes for 28 yards in relief of Bondurant. Jacob Howard hauled in the 28-yard completion.

The Tigers were held to 10 first downs on the night. Salisbury needed just 17 first downs. SCR-I committed two turnovers in the contest with Salisbury turning the ball over just once.


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