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October 31, 2013

Jackson Scores 4 TDs as Tigers Rout Rams 47-6 in Regular Season Finale

Chris Jackson eludes a Schuyler County defender as he looks to pick up blocks from Cordie Kigar (11) and Tyler Buford (61) and find a path to one of his four touchdowns in Friday night's 47-6 win over the Rams in Queen City.

With home field advantage in the district opener already sewn up, Scotland County went into Friday night's regular season finale with little to gain. Unfortunately for their opponents, no one told the Tigers that, as they smashed Schuyler County 47-6 behind a huge night from senior Chris Jackson.

SCR-I took the opening kickoff and put together a nine-play scoring drive. Jade Holt connected with Jackson on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 8:01 left in the first period. The point after attempt was blocked, leaving the lead at 6-0.

The Rams turned the ball over on downs at the 45-yard line, giving SCR-I a short field. Eight plays later it was Holt hitting Jackson once again, this time for a 13-yard TD pass. Jackson ran in the two point conversion to push the lead to 14-0 with 1:50 still to go in the opening quarter.

The Rams went three and out with a punt that opened the door for one final first period tally for Scotland County.

Will McRobert moved the chains on a trio of first down runs that set up a nine-yard touchdown run by Jackson with 13.7 seconds remaining in the first period. The two-point pass was incomplete, leaving the lead at 20-0.

Schuyler County had the ball for just two plays before Mason VanHoozen pounced on a fumble to give Scotland County good field position.

Jackson capped off his huge first half by breaking a 34-yard TD run that featured several of his specialty cutbacks that have made him one of the more elusive backs in the Tri-Rivers Conference. McRobert ran in the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 28-0 with 6:18 to play in the first half.

The two teams traded punts on their next possessions, before SCR-I's defense came up with another big play. A Jed Troutman blitz forced an errant throw by Schuyler County that was picked off by Cordie Kigar with 1:42 left in the first half.

Linebacker Jed Troutman has his mind set on a defensive touchdown as he tries to break through the last line of defense after scooping up a Schuyler County fumble in the backfield.

SCR-I moved into scoring position but time ran out with the Tigers still on top 28-0.

The Rams had the ball for just five plays to open the second half before VanHoozen picked off a pass to give the Tigers the ball at the 43-yard line.

MOOSE ON THE LOOSE - Mason "Moose" VanHoozen returns an interception during the second half of the Tigers big win on Friday night. The junior also recovered a fumble and had two rushing touchdowns as SCR-I heads into district play on a high note.

SCR-I gave the ball back with a fumble, but took it right back two plays later when Troutman picked up a fumble and returned it to the 23 yard line.

VanHoozen scored on a five-yard TD run with 4:15 left in the third period to make the score 34-0.

The Rams went three and out on offense and a bad snap on the punt try gave the Tigers excellent field position. VanHoozen again found the end zone, this time from four yards out to make the score 40-0 with 11:57 to play in the final period.

After a Schuyler County punt, SCR-I tacked on another TD as quarterback Aaron Buford broke a 36-yard run to the end zone with 7:57 left in the game.

The Rams broke up the shutout when Sebastian Grant scored on a five-yard run with 3:31 left in the game to make the final score 47-6.

Jackson led the Tigers with 105 yards rushing on 14 carries. He had three receptions for 69 yards. McRobert ran the ball 23 times for 101 yards before setting out the second half to rest an injured ankle. Cordie Kigar ran the ball five times for 61 yards. VanHoozen had 15 yards and two TDs on five rushes. Holt completed three of eight passes for 69 yards.

The Tigers defense limited the Rams to less than 100 yards of total offense. Zach Schmitter was held in check, managing just 25 yards on 14 rushes before tacking on some extra yards late in the fourth period.

The Tigers finished the regular season with a 5-4 record and 3-2 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

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