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October 24, 2013

Turnovers Trip Up Tigers in 20-14 Loss to Putnam County

Cordie Kigar breaks away from the Putnam County defender on his way to the end zone during first quarter action of Friday night’s game in Memphis.

In a game that saw Scotland County in scoring position on numerous occasions, turnovers turned the tide on the Tigers as Putnam County escaped Memphis with a 20-14 victory on Friday night.

SCR-I took the opening kickoff and looked like the dominant team, marching down the field for a score. Jade Holt started the offense rolling with a 24-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Will McRobert tacked on a 21-yard run as he and his blockers moved what looked like a rugby scrum down the field before the pile finally collapsed on the powerful running back.

Cordie Kigar looked to put the Tigers on the scoreboard as he broke a 19 yard run and appeared to break the goal line before being forced out of bounds. But he was ruled out on the one yard and the Tigers protests from the huddle earned the team a 15-yard un-sportsman-like penalty.

SCR-I was able to recover from the penalty and Holt ultimately connected with Chris Jackson on a six-yard touchdown pass with 6:17 left in the first period. The newfound kicking game tacked on the point after try as Holt booted his second kick of the year through the uprights to make the score 7-0.

The Tigers looked on their way to victory after forcing Putnam County to go three and out with a punt. A good return by Aaron Buford set up what looked like the Tigers second scoring drive of the first period. McRobert muscled SCR-I into scoring position before a fumble at the two-yard line stopped the scoring threat.

The momentum swung to the visitors, who mounted a 98-yard scoring drive. Cody Quint capped off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run when he outran the Tigers defense after being hemmed in on an attempted sweep to the left side, reversing field and finding the end zone in the right corner. Quarterback Jacob Parker ran in the two-point conversion to put the Midgets on top 8-7 with 7:31 remaining in the second quarter.

The two teams traded punts before Scotland County had one last shot to put points on the board before halftime. Chris Jackson put SCR-I into scoring position with a 43 yard run but the play was called back on a Tigers' penalty that helped keep Putnam ahead heading into the locker room.

After a defensive stop to open the second half, the Tigers turned to the air attack. Holt connected with Kigar on a 51-yard pass play. The duo connected again three plays later on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Holt's PAT kick made it 14-8 with 7:50 to play in the third period.

The Midgets followed suit, as Parker hit Allen Neighbors on a 41-yard completion. That set up a three-yard touchdown plunge by Montana Schoonover. But the Tigers defense held on the two-point conversion to keep the score knotted at 14-14 with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

The Midgets got the ball right back courtesy of an SCR-I fumble at the 32-yard line.

The Tigers defense came up with a huge stand, stopping Putnam County on downs.

That appeared to swing the momentum back to SCR-I. McRobert broke a 33-yard run to quickly put Scotland County into scoring position. The turnover bug bit again, as Putnam County picked off a pass attempt in the end zone to end the scoring threat and the third quarter.

SCR-I's defense saw its lone turnover nullified by a penalty. Holt pounced on a Putnam County fumble but the Tigers were flagged for a facemask penalty to give the Midgets the ball back. A second un-sportsman-like flag on the Tigers fueled what proved to be the game-winning drive. Parker hit Quint on the center screen pass and the senior tailback did the rest of the work, scampering for a 38-yard touchdown with 8:52 left to play. The two-point try failed leaving the lead at 20-14.

The two teams traded punts before SCR-I got the ball back with less than four minutes to play. The Tigers moved the ball down field before a key holding penalty stalled out the drive and Putnam County held on downs with just 1:35 remaining on the clock.

But the Tigers defense held and SCR-I used its timeouts to provide one final possession.

Buford set the stage with a 26-yard punt return that put the ball at the 38-yard line. Holt scrambled to pick up a first down before getting out of bounds to stop the clock with less than a minute to play.

SCR-I went for it all on the next play and the pass was intercepted in the end zone allowing the Midgets to run out the clock on the 20-14 defeat.

McRobert racked up 251 yards on 28 rushes to lead the offense. Jackson was held to 18 yards on eight carries while Holt added 42 yards on three rushes. Holt completed five of 10 pass attempts for 114 yards and two TDs but was intercepted twice. Kigar had two receptions for 77 yards and a score while Jackson had the other TD grab.

Parker completed five of 11 passes for the Midgets racking up 132 yards and a TD. Schoonover was the top rusher, getting 52 yards and a TD on 10 attempts. Parker ran for 27 yards on 10 attempts.

The Tigers fell to 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in the Tri-Rivers Conference heading into the regular-season finale on Friday night in Queen City versus Schuyler County.

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