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September 26, 2013

McRobert Overcomes Injury to Score 4 TDs as Tigers Top Windsor 30-14

Chris Jackson turns on the jets as he enters the open field after weaving through the Windsor defense en route to a big gain in Friday night’s win.

An early Jekyll and Hyde appearance for the Scotland County football team probably has had more to do with strength of schedule than anything, but on Friday night in Fayette, the good Tigers dominated, improving Scotland County's record to 2-2 with a 30-14 victory over Windsor.

A week after being blown out by state ranked South Calloway, SCR-I set the tone early against the Henry County squad in a game played at a neutral site, on the campus of Central Methodist University.

The Greyhounds took the opening kickoff but could not muster a first down against a stout Tigers defense.

The Tigers on the other hand had little trouble moving the ball on the team's first possession of the night. Chris Jackson did the bulk of the work. He was on the receiving end of a nice pass by Jade Holt to move the chains and then broke a big run to cross midfield. Holt and Jackson again connected, this time on third down and long, to keep the drive alive. Jackson made an excellent catch, double clutching to snag the ball out of midair after it was deflected by a Windsor defender.

The senior running back then broke a 17-yard run before being tackled at the goal line. That set up a one-yard TD plunge by Will McRobert to make the score 6-0 with 3:54 left in the first period.

The Tigers took the ball right back when Aaron Buford picked off a Windsor pass at the 34-yard line with 2:11 on the clock.

After a 10-yard run by Jackson, McRobert broke a 24-yard touchdown run with 1:20 remaining in the first period. Holt ran in the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 14-0.

SCR-I kept the momentum as Buford forced his second turnover in minutes. The freshman made a nice play to strip the ball from the Windsor return man on the kickoff and then pounced on the loose ball for the fumble recovery.

But the Tigers were unable to take advantage of the turnover, giving the ball back to Windsor with 11:11 left in the second quarter after failing to pick up a first down.

The Greyhounds could not get anything going on offense. Jackson and Holt combined on a quarterback sack that ultimately forced a Windsor punt.

But the injury bug bit the Tigers on the next possession as McRobert went down with an ankle sprain following a good run. Lineman Jed Troutman limped to the sideline just a few plays later with a knee injury. A turnover compounded the woes as SCR-I coughed up a fumble to give Windsor life with 8:15 left in the first half.

The Tigers pass rush again wrecked havoc as Lucas Howard nearly got to the quarterback. He tipped the pass attempt that Jade Holt snagged out of the air for an interception. But time ran out on the last Tigers drive of the first half with the score still 14-0.

McRobert and Troutman both returned to action to start the second half and the Tigers marched down the field before the drive ultimately stalled on downs with 7:13 left in the third period.

Will McRobert is congratulated in the end zone by teammates Lucas Howard and Aaron Buford after the third of his four TDs on Friday night.

The Tigers defense held and got SCR-I the ball back. McRobert broke a 36-yard run with just seconds left in the third period. Holt then connected with Jackson on the two-point conversion to push the lead to 22-0.

SCR-I got a little sloppy in the fourth period, and several penalties backed up the Tigers before the second fumble of the night gave Windsor the ball in its best field position of the night. The Greyhounds capitalized with a nine-yard TD run by Luke Roberts. The two-point conversion cut the lead to 22-8 with 5:21 left to play.

SCR-I used the final minutes to tack on McRobert's fourth TD of the contest. Jackson set up the score with some solid runs that got the ball to the three-yard line where McRobert took over. He tacked on the two point conversion to make the score 30-8 with just 41.6 seconds left to play.

That proved to be enough time for Windsor to find the end zone one last time.

Chase Wetterow put the Greyhounds in scoring position with a long kickoff return. Then with just three seconds to play, Trent Johnson connected with Wetterow on a 34-yard TD pass to make the final score 30-14.

McRobert finished with 192 yards and four TDs on 27 rushes. Jackson had 129 yards on 14 rushes. Holt completed five of nine pass attempts for 46 yards. Jackson had four grabs for 42 yards.

Robert stopped the Windsor offense with 58 yards on 11 rushes. Johnson was 7-14 passing for 69 yards and two interceptions.

The Tigers (2-2) will host North Shelby in the SCR-I Homecoming contest in Memphis on Friday evening. The Raiders (0-4) lost to state-ranked Salisbury 57-0.

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