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October 10, 2013

Early Lead Disappears as State-Ranked Milan Downs SCR-I 34-6

Upset hopes were riding high early on Friday night in Milan as Scotland County built a first quarter lead over the undefeated Wildcats. But the #6 ranked team in the state turned in a dominating defensive performance in the final three quarters to post a 34-6 Homecoming victory over the Tigers.

Milan took a 3-0 lead on a field goal by Raul Palacios.

SCR-I answered when Jade Holt connected with Ian See on a long touchdown pass. The freshman receiver made a huge play, out-jumping the Milan defender and wrestling away the jump ball before being able to separate himself from the tackler and gallop in to the end zone for the score. The two point conversion was stopped, but SCR-I pulled ahead 6-3.

Milan's Aaron Richardson helped push the Wildcats into scoring position with several key first down runs. That set up a six-yard TD run by Kevin Deyrke. Palacios PAT kick made it 10-6.

Without leading rusher Will McRobert, who missed the game with a hamstring issue, SCR-I struggled to move ball against the stout Milan defense.

The Tigers managed just one first down on the next six possessions.

Despite being on the field for extended minutes due to the struggles on the other side of the ball, SCR-I's defense kept the game close by keeping Richardson in check for much of the first half.

Deyrke finally found the end zone again when he scored on an 11-yard TD run late in the second period to make the halftime score 17-6 in favor of Milan.

Palacios extended the margin to 20-6 with his second field goal of the night midway through the third period. Richardson then put the game out of reach for Scotland County when he capped off a Milan drive with a one-yard TD run to make the score 27-6.

The Wildcats tacked on a fourth period score when Ryan Keuhn connected with Holden Stallbaumer for a 34-yard TD pass to make the final score 34-6.

Milan improved to 5-0 on the season, and 2-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Richardson led the way with 104 yards rushing and a TD.

Scotland County dropped to 3-3 on the year and 1-1 in the TRC. The Tigers never got the ground game rolling. Austin Day was held to just eight yards on 12 carries filling in for McRobert. Chris Jackson and Cordie Kigar were held to negative yardage. The Tigers moved the chains through the air as Jade Holt was able to complete seven passes for 80 yards. Kigar had three receptions while Jackson and See each caught two passes.

The Tigers will try to rebound this week against Knox County. SCR-I will travel to Edina for the conference game. Scotland County defeated the Eagles 34-30 in a Week 2 battle in Memphis.

Knox County (2-4) is coming off a come-from-behind 24-12 win over Putnam County on Friday night in Unionville.

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