Philip Scotties defeat Jones Co. 50-6

The Philip High School varsity football team traveled to Murdo Friday, September 3, for its first football game of the 2010 season. The Scotties returned with a 50-6 win over the Jones County Coyotes.

Philip 8 14 14 14 = 50

Jones Co. 0 0 6 0 = 6

Philip balanced out the four quarters, beginning with a 29-yard rush by Tucker McDaniel for the game's first touchdown. Travis Nelson carried in the two-point conversion. Meanwhile, the Scotties' defense kept the Coyote's first quarter scoring to a zero.

The second quarter first saw McDaniel rush the final 10 yards to the goal line. Wyatt Kammerer carried the ball in for two more points for Philip. Later, Philip's Tate DeJong passed to Colter Cvach, who completed the 38-yard play for a touchdown. Philip's extra point attempt failed. The defense repeated its first quarter record, and the first half ended with a Scottie lead of 22-0.

Philip's Beau Ferguson got the third quarter off to a quick start with a 54-yard run for a touchdown. The extra points attempt failed. Jones County surprised its opponents with a 78-yard kickoff return to the goal line by Philip Mathews for the Coyote's first score. Jones County's extra points attempt failed. The Scotties came back with a 58-yard rush by Kammerer and a two-point conversion by Nelson to end the quarter 36-6.

The fourth quarter copied the second in that the Scotties earned 14 points to the Coyotes' zero. First, McDaniel finished a Philip advance with a five-yard carry for a touchdown. The extra points attempt failed. McDaniel carried the ball again for a 30-yard rush and another touchdown. This time Kammerer succeeded in earning the two-point conversion. The game ended with a 50-6 score in favor of the Scotties.

Enjoying 21 first downs, Philip ran 58 rushing plays for a total yardage gain of 420. Jones County gained a game total of 56 yards by rushing. The Scotties attempted two passes, gaining a total passing yardage of 80. The Coyotes fired the ball three times, with no completions. Philip had only one fumble. Philip elected to punt once, while Jones County did so five times. Both teams lost 30 yards because of penalties.

Leading rushers for Philip were Kammerer with 24 carries totaling 177 yards gained, McDaniel with 14 for 139 yards, Ferguson with five carries for 65 yards, and Nelson with eight carries for 38 yards. One of the two Philip passes, from DeJong to Cvach, resulted in a 38-yard touchdown. The other Philip pass, thrown by Kammerer, saw a 42-yard gain.

Defensively, Philip's statistics were impressive as well as balanced among many players. Clint Nelson - 3 solo and 9 assisted tackles, Kammerer - 4 solos and 6 assists with 1 quarterback sack, McDaniel - 3 solos and 5 assists, T. Nelson - 1 solo and 5 assists, Cody Reder - 2 solos and 5 assists with 1 sack, Ferguson - 1 solo and 2 assists, Brandon O'Dea - 1 solo, Tanner Radway - 2 solos and 1 assist, Trey Fortune - 2 solos and 2 assists, Tate DeJong - 1 assist.

The next scheduled game for the Philip High School varsity football team will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 10, at Newell against the Irrigators.