Philip embarrasses White River 54-6

For its homecoming football game on Friday, October 2, Philip hosted the White River Tigers. The Scotties won 54-6.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, though with only 32 seconds remaining, Philip punted to the 28 yard line, forced a fumble and recovered the ball. Within seconds of start of the second quarter, Philip's Jeff O'Connell ran in a Brandon O'Dea pass for the touchdown. Karch Foley rushed in the extra point conversion and the score was 8-0.

Not able to complete their drive, the Tigers punted to the Philip eight yard line. The next play, Karch Foley crashed through the line, then pitched the ball to O'Connell, who finished the 92-yard play for a TD. Foley completed the conversion for a 16-0 score. A little later, White River came back with a RJ Estes pass to Spencer Blom for a 19-yard TD. The extra point attempt failed.

Third quarter play was back and forth. With 4:31 on the clock, Foley rushed 18 yards for the TD. Cvach made the conversion. The quarter ended 24-6.

The final quarter was a blow-away for the Scotties. First, Cvach plowed a 48-yard TD, with O'Dea making the conversion. Recovering possession, Philip then had Foley run a 22-yard TD, with Cvach making the extra points. Here, the score difference exceeded 35 points so the clock ran continuously. Rob Williamson caught an O'Dea pass for a nine-yard TD. The extra point attempt failed. O'Dea threw another TD pass, this time to O'Connell for 61 yards. O'Dea ran in the conversion. The game ended 54-6.

"I thought overall we played pretty well after we made some adjustments the start of the second half," said coach Keven Morehart. "White River had an excellent game plan of not letting us get Casey Cvach to the outside, so coach Baer took what was given to him and had Karch Foley run up the middle for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon O'Dea also got to throw the ball a little more than usual and had four completions with three of them being for touchdowns to Jeff O'Connell and Rob Williamson. Cvach also had 101 yards rushing and one touchdown."

"Defensively it was a total team effort with Clint and Travis Nelson doing a tremendous job of stopping the run up the middle, while Troy Guptill and Trey Fortune contained White River's running backs on the outside. Both of these guys put a great amount of pressure on the quarterback and allowed us to make some tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Wyatt Kammerer once again played very well at his linebacker spot and did a nice job of pass coverage when needed."

"This victory now has Philip at 5-0 with a big game coming up this Friday against Lyman, who is presently ranked number one in 9AA in the state."

Philip racked up 22 first downs against White River. The Scotties rushed 41 times for a total of 341 yards. They passed 11 times for a total of 122 yards. Philip punted twice. It gave up 35 yards in penalties, while White River gave up five yards.

Philip rushing leaders were: Foley with 106 yards in 13 carries, Cvach with 101 in 14, O'Connell with 91 in 2 and O'Dea with 26 in 8. O'Dea passed 11 times for four completions, 122 yards total and three TDs. He had no interceptions.

Defensively, Philip leaders included T. Nelson with 6 solo tackles, 6 assists and 1 fumble recovery. Foley earned 5 solos, 4 assists and 1 recovery. C. Nelson had 5 solos and 3 assists. Kammerer earned 7 solos and 6 assists. O'Dea had 3 solos and 2 assists.

Philip's next game will be at Presho with the Lyman Raiders at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9.