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October 24, 2013

Junior Football Squad Completes Third Straight Undefeated Season

The backfield of Lane Pence, Gage Dodge and Mason Kliethermes helped lead the SCR-I junior high football team to an undefeated season in 2013.

After graduating a talented class of eighth graders from last year's undefeated junior high football squad, coaches Troy Carper and Lance Campbell did not know what to expect heading into 2013.

But instead of rebuilding, the Tigers simply reloaded and kept the wins rolling, producing a perfect 6-0 season, the third straight for the Tigers junior high program.

"Looking back, I think the last time we lost a game was during our junior class's eight grade season," said Carper. "We lost a close one to Clark County."

But with many of the top players from last year moving into varsity roles as freshmen this year, there were a lot of big shoes to fill.

"Really we had no idea what to expect this year," said Carper. "We lost a lot of key players. These kids did a great job stepping in and continuing the winning ways."

Eighth grader Gage Dodge took over at quarterback and led the Tigers offense with a balance of running and throwing. Fellow eighth graders Lane Pence and Mason Kliethermes got the bulk of the work in the backfield while seventh grader Will Fromm was a threat both at running back and wide receiver.

SCR-I opened the year with a 46-6 victory over North Shelby. The Tigers topped Clark County 8-0 in week two in a game that was called at halftime due to inclement weather.

The first road game of the year saw SCR-I mash Milan 36-8 followed by a 28-8 victory on the road over Schuyler County.

Week five saw the toughest battle of the season as the Tigers escaped Unionville with a 14-12 win over Putnam County.

The season finale pitted undefeated teams when Scotland County hosted Knox County. The Tigers took care of business, posting the 30-8 win to finish the year 6-0.

"That definitely was a fun way to end the season, with two teams without a loss battling it out for bragging rights," Carper said.

While the Tigers featured a potent offense, most opponents came away with equally high praises for the squad's defense, that gave up more than one score in a game just one time all year.

"Coach Campbell's offense put up plenty of points all season long," Carper said. "But the defense was just as dominant. Outside of Putnam, who had a really good running back that we had a little trouble stopping, the bulk of the points we gave up were on special teams or late in the games when the outcome was already decided."

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