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Philip decimates Jones County 53-0

The Philip Scotties simply overwhelmed the Coyote offense during their first season game on Friday, September 1, in Philip.

The Scotties won their first home game of the season on Friday, September 1, with a score of 53-0. A minute and three seconds remained on the clock.

The new mercy rule was implemented in Philip's first game of the season game by the Scotties against the Jones County Coyotes. A new ruling is the continuous running of the clock in the second half.

According to the South Dakota High School Athletic Association, the mercy rule is "when a team secures a 35 point lead in the second half, the clock will continue to run except for time-outs (team or official) and after a score. If the point margin falls below 35 points, regulation timing resumes. If a team is 50 points or more ahead at the end of the first half or if it secures such a lead during the second half, the game is ended immediately. Regulation timing is followed in the first half regardless of the score."

Philip led 16-0 after the quarter, and led 41-0 at halftime. They added six points in third quarter. With most of the fourth quarter used up, the Scotties scored again to close down the game by virtue of the 50-point mercy rule.

Philip 16 25 6 6 = 53

Jones County 0 0 0 0 = 0

Philip scoring

Nathan O'Dea scored the first touchdown with a 36-yard run. Jake Mathews ran in for two extra points.

Zane Fees scored with a 30-yard run. O'Dea ran in the two extra points.

Allen Hauk ran a 19-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed. O'Dea scored on a 2-yard run. Alex Moos made the extra point kick.

Fees scored on a 39-yard run. The extra point kick failed. James Williamson ran for a 26-yard touchdown. The kick failed.

Fees ran in the next two touchdowns - first on a 31-yard run, after which the extra point run failed; then he again scored on a 29-yard run.

The Scotties rushed the ball 29 times for 405 yards. Philip offensive standouts: O'Dea - 5 carries for 107 yards; Fees - 7 for 226; Hauk - 9-68. The Scotties had 29 carries for 405 yards. Philip defensive standouts: J. Williamson had three solo and three assisted tackles; Lincoln Smith had two solo and five assisted tackles.

The Philip Scotties will host the Lyman Raiders at 6:30 p.m. on Friday September 8. A punt, pass and kick event will be at 4:00 p.m. A National Mutual Benefit tailgate fundraiser will be at 5:00 for Jennifer Nelson and Cooper West for medical expenses.