November 13, 2003
Fogle’s Stop Sends SCR-I Into State Football Playoffs
In sports there often is a single play that can determine a season. While Kiel Fogle’s tackle of Michael Prebe may not have defined the Scotland County football year, it definitely saved the Tigers season as the senior linebacker stopped the Knox County two-point conversion attempt and preserved a 14-12 win to push SCR-I into the state playoffs.
“The play was the key,” coach Brent Bondurant said after the game. “Fogle played like a man on a mission tonight and he got the job done for us.”
Fogle was just one of many Scotland County seniors that stepped up their play in effort to prevent this from being their final football game.
Early on it looked like it might be the Knox County seniors that were going to steal the show as the Eagles attempted to end an eight-year losing streak to SCR-I and bring the CLYDE trophy home for the first time since the inception of the rivalry game in memory of Kyle Peterson.
After SCR-I took the opening kick off and was unable to mount an offensive drive, it was Knox County getting things rolling. The Eagles twice escaped long yardage situations as Prebe racked up some big yards on the ground.
However the first points of the game came through the air. After the Tigers defense had stopped Knox County three times from inside the five-yard line it was quarterback Ty Parrish rolling out and finding Eric Greenley for a four-yard touchdown pass.
SCR-I stopped the two-point conversion and Knox County led 6-0 midway through the first quarter.
Scotland County was able to move the chains a couple times on its next possession but faced with fourth down and one yard to go near midfield the Tigers decided to punt.
Knox County looked ready to drive down the field for another score before Clint Cottrell picked off the Parrish pass and returned it to the 31-yard line.
The turnover proved crucial as on the very next play Joel Myers broke through the Knox County defensive line and then out ran the rest of the defense on his way to a 69-yard touchdown. Tim Robinson booted the extra point through the uprights to make the score 7-6.
Just moments later SCR-I got the ball back again as Prebe fumbled and Carl Wittstock dove on the loose ball.
Myers and Aaron Dale pounded the ball against the Eagles defense moving the chains on a pair of first downs. Danny Roach then hit Jared Shelley for a gain of 11 yards.
Fogle made an amazing catch on the next play and drug two defenders into the endzone but the play was called back on a controversial holding call. That dug the Tigers too big a hole to get out of and the ball went over to Knox County on downs with just 30 seconds left in the first half.
Knox County took the kick off to open the second half and once again got out of a long yardage situation. But the Eales luck ran out after that and Andrew Bulen sacked Parrish to end the drive.
Scotland County took over with 8:22 left in the third quarter and proceeded to eat up the clock as the ground game marched down field. Myers, Dale and Shelley all had key carries during the drive.
Roach capped off the march on the first play of the fourth period as he went into the endzone behind the block of center Michael Garnett on a one-yard quarterback sneak. Robinson nailed the PAT to put the Tigers on top 14-6 with 11:57 left in the game.
Knox County again was able to move the ball on the ground against the SCR-I defense before key stops pressed the Eagles into a passing situation. Parrish was picked off for the second time in the game when Dale stepped in front of the pass across the middle.
Unfortunately on the Tigers first play after the interception they gave the ball right back as Myers was stripped of the ball and the Eagles recovered the fumble.
“That was a big momentum swing,” Bondurant said. “ When Dale made the pick I was pumped up and thought we would just pound the ball down their throats and score another TD to put the game away.”
Knox County took over with 6:20 left in the game. The Eagles put together a march towards the endzone with Prebe and Greenley doing much of the damage. Knox County also had a very effective end around running play that featured speedy Shawn McKenzie who picked up a pair of first downs.
But as the defense had done all night, the Tigers made the stops when it needed to forcing Knox County once again into a passing situation. The SCR-I defense put the pressure on Parrish and the receivers all were covered. That’s when the Eagles senior play caller improvised, pulling the ball down and changing directions at least twice on his way to a 22-yard scrambling touchdown.
With just over two minutes to play the Eagles had to go for the two-point conversion to tie the game. Prebe took the handoff but was met immediately in the backfield by Fogle for the game saver.
SCR-I recovered the onside kick attempt and simply needed to convert one first down to run out the clock. But on third down and short a mix up in the backfield resulted in a loss of yardage that set up fourth down and two. Knox County called its final timeout with 1:09 left to play.
Bondurant appeared to consider going for the first down with the ball near midfield but ultimately put his trust in the defense and called for the punt.
Robinson pinned Knox County deep with a punt that rolled dead near the 10-yard line.
That left the Eagles with 90 yards to go with just 59 ticks left on the clock and no timeouts.
Parrish gave the Tigers a scare when he tucked the ball away once again and on fourth down scrambled around the right side and was pushed out of bounds by Robinson, the last man to beat.
Two plays later Joel Myers sacked Parrish on the final play of the game as time ran out on the Eagles.
With the win, Scotland County secured the district championship for the second straight season. In 2002 the Tigers beat Knox County 7-6 to win the district.
Myers racked up 166 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Dale added 23 yards on six attempts.
Roach completed three of seven pass plays for 29 yards. Cottrell had two catches and Shelley had the other grab.
Fogle led the defensive charge with 21 tackles, easily his best performance of the year. He did much of that work with an injured arm that occurred in the second half and had him at the hospital the following day for x-rays. Dale had another solid game from the middle linebacker spot making 17 tackles in the game. Onken made 11 stops while Karl Snyder added 10 tackles.
The Tigers (6-4) advance to take on Princeton (10-0) the second ranked team in Missouri Class 1 football on Wednesday night at Princeton.