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Philip gains momentum, defeats Newell

Gator paste ... Philip’s Troy Guptill and Karch Foley got the tackle on the laid-low Newell Irrigator ball-carrier. Mick Trask was right there as extra insurance and to keep opponent #73 from doing his job. Photo by Deb Smith

The Newell High School football game on Friday, September 26, ended with Philip on top with another win. Retaking the lead, then pulling away, the Scotties defeated the Irrigators 28-16.

Philip 6 8 6 8 = 28

Newell 16 0 0 0 = 16

The first quarter began with a touchdown for the home team of Newell when #32 Brandon Fox carried the ball from over half the field. He then ran in the two-point conversion to put the score at 0-8. The Scotties drove the ball down to the three-yard line, where Casey Cvach ran it in the rest of the way for six points. The extra point attempt failed.

Still in the first quarter, the Irrigators got the ball as far as the 10-yard line. Fox again rushed it in for a touchdown. Doing most of the effective running for Newell, Fox carried the ball in for the conversion and a score of 6-18. Philip then shut out the Irrigators for the rest of the game.

In the second quarter, Philip narrowed the gap with a 39-yard carry by Cvach. He also ran in the conversion. Philip still trailed 14-16 at half time.

In the third quarter, the Scotties went to the air. Bodhi Lytle threw to receiver Tate Guptill for a combined 33 yards to the goal line. The extra point attempt failed. Early in the third quarter, at the 10:58 mark, Cvach received an injury and was taken off of the field by ambulance. His broken left collar bone will keep him out for the rest of the football season.

The fourth quarter secured the win for the Scotties. After the team had driven up to the three yard line, Brandon O'Dea carried the ball in for the touchdown. Wyatt Kammerer ran in for the conversion. The game ended 16-28.

Philip earned 17 first downs. The Scotties had three penalties, compared with Newell's five.

For offense, Lytle made six passing completions out of his 15 attempts. This accounted for 66 yards of gain and one touchdown. O'Dea threw one pass, which was incomplete.

In the Philip running game, Cvach was given the ball 17 times for a total gain of 108 yards. Karch Foley, with only seven carries, gained 66 yards. O'Dea earned 51 yards with eight carries and Kammerer got 23 yards with seven carries.

Defensively, Foley led the tackling assists with nine, and also earning two solos. Tate Guptill got six solos and two assists. Mick Trask and Troy Guptill each earned two solos and three assisted tackles, with Troy Guptill also claiming one quarterback sack and one interception. Nick Roseth aided with two assists, one with the quarterback sack.

The next football game for the Philip Scotties will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, at White River against the Tigers.