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Hard fought win, Philip over White River

Stopping forward progress ... Scotties Tanner Radway, (#53), Trey Fortune, (#66), and Tucker McDaniel (#44) work to bring down a White River Tiger. Wyatt Kammerer (#26) is on his toes and ready if needed. The Scotties traveled to White River, Friday, October 1, and brought home the win 24-20. Photo by Nancy Haigh

The Philip Scotties football team traveled to White River to battle the Tigers Friday, October 1.

The lead changed hands three times. A safety was forced. Philip stuck to it's rushing strategy, and its single attempt at passing was incomplete. White River, on the other hand, gained points on two passes.

Philip 8 10 0 6 = 24

White River 0 8 12 0 = 20

The first quarter saw back-and-forth action that resulted in only one touchdown. The Scotties had battled to within nine yards of their goal line. Philip's Tucker McDaniel rushed the ball in the rest of the way for six points. Teammate Travis Nelson carried the ball in for the two-point conversion.

The first successful action in the second quarter evened the score. White River's Gilbert Morrison received a pass from Wyatt Krogman and finished the 27-yard play to put the Tigers on the scoreboard. For the two-point conversion, teammate Logan Tucker caught a Krogman pass, and the score was tied.

After again getting possession, Philip replied by forcing the ball to the one-yard line. In a repeat from the first quarter, Nelson made that one yard for the touchdown and McDaniel rushed the ball in for the two-point conversion. Later in the quarter, the Scottie defense had the White River offense backed up and in desperate trouble. Philip stopped White River in its own end zone and scored a two-point safety. The first half ended Philip - 18, White River - 8.

The third quarter saw the Tiger's Spencer Blom complete his team's drive by rushing through the remaining 16-yards to score. The extra point attempt failed. Philip still held the lead by four points. A Philip loss of possession got the ball back into White River's hands. From the 32-yard line, Spencer ran in for another touchdown. Though the extra point attempt failed, the touchdown had tipped the scales and the Scotties were down by two points.

The final quarter had only one touchdown, followed by a failed extra point attempt. But, this two-yard carry by Nelson gave the Scotties the lead and the eventual win. The game ended with Philip having fought for and having earned 24 points, and White River 20.

Philip's drives during the game achieved 21 first downs, compared to White River's 15. Philip used 59 running plays to gain a total of 267 yards. Rushing leaders were Wyatt Kammerer with 21 carries for a total of 123 yards, Nelson with 19 for 72, McDaniel with 17 for 54, and Tate DeJong with two for 18. Philip's single pass during the game was incomplete. The Scotties backed up only 10 yards because of penalties, while White River had to deal with a total loss of 45 yards from five penalties.

Philip defensive contributers were many. Clint Nelson racked up 4 solo tackles and 7 assists. Trey Fortune earned 4 solos, 5 assists and one quarterback sack. Tanner Radway also had a sack, along with his 3 solo and 5 assists. Kammerer - 3 solos and 6 assists, T. Nelson - 2 solos and 6 assists, Beau Ferguson - 3 solos and 3 assists, Cody Reder - 2 solos and 4 assists and 1 fumble recovery, Cassidy Schnabel - 2 assists, Colter Cvach - 3 assists and one fumble recovery, McDaniel - 3 solos and 2 assists.

The next game for the Scotties will be Philip hosting the Lyman Raiders at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 8.