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Philip Scotties derail Campbell Co. Express in first 9A Class 4 play-off

The Philip Scotties recovered from not making the game's first touchdown, to eventually decimating the Campbell County Express during the first play-off game on Tuesday, October 24. The final score for the Class 9A Region 4 game was 52-12. Philip is rated number three and now has an 8-1 season record.

Philip 16 24 6 6 = 52

Campbell 6 0 0 6 = 12

The Express received the first kick-off. They then surprised the Scotties with firing into a passing game. Within only a few plays and within only 2-1/2 minutes, The Express scored when #25 Kyle Weisbeck ran the last 10 yards of their drive. Philip did stop the extra point attempt.

"Campbell County scored on the first series, they really mixed it up on us," said Philip head coach Kevin Moreheart. "We then settled in and got a total team effort on both sides of the ball."

The Scotties quickly rallied behind Allen Hauk's quarterbacking to earn seven straight touchdowns. At the 7:23 mark, Casey Cuny got the ball and the blocking to run 62 yards to the goal line. Zane Fees made the conversion play to pass the Express 8-6. Philip defenders stopped the Campbell County passing charge, and the Scotties again were on the offensive. With 2:23 left in the first quarter, a 63 yard run was completed by Cuny. Hauk's conversion made the score 16-6.

The Express was on a strong drive, but, 13 seconds into the second quarter, Philip's Nathan O'Dea caught an interception near the endzone and ran it back to the 25. A fast hike, and Cuny ran 75 yards to the goal. Fees again made the conversion.

At the 9:17 mark, O'Dea again intercepted the ball and gained possession for his offensive team. Philip was stopped at the nine yard line. O'Dea snatched another Express pass, which lead to a drive ending in a 11 yard run by Cuny to score with 1:08 left in the half. Alex Moos handily made the conversion.

This Philip kick was high and deep, rather than a squiggle kick. The Express returned well, almost too well. Cuny, somehow on the defensive team, intercepted a Campbell County pass. Scottie blockers made way for his ensuing 55 yard touchdown. Hauk made his second successful conversion to end the half 40-6.

The third quarter went a little over four minutes before Philip scored again with a 21-yard Cuny run. The extra point attempt failed.

At the 9:20 mark of the fourth quarter, the Scotties were forced to punt. After several time-outs, they faked the punt to gain the first down. Later, a Philip pass was brought in by Jake Mathews for the last Scottie score. The extra point attempt failed.

The Express tested Philip's next-year starters with a desperated drive that ended in a touchdown with 1:08 remaining. The extra point attempt was stopped.

Cuny's 351 rushing yards on 19 carries with six touchdowns gives him a school record of six touchdowns to go along with his school rushing record. It marked the biggest rushing performance this year in any class. He is tied for 22nd place on the state's all-time record list.

Philip rushed for 454 yards as a team. Leaders were Fees with 10 carries for 84 yards and two conversions. Mathews was given the ball twice to go 19 yards. Lincoln Smith caught a Hauk pass for 10 yards and an O'Dea pass for 33 yards. O'Dea caught a Hauk pass for 8 yards.

Nathan O'Dea picked off four Express passes to lead the defense. Michael Westerberg earned four solo tackles and 11 assists. Smith got 2 solos and 10 assists.

The Scotties earned 10 first downs, suffered one turnover, and lost 20 yards through three penalties. Campbell County earned 12 first downs, but had five turnovers.

The Scottie season tackling statistics are impressive, with Philip having dealt its opponents five shut-outs. Even one tackle is important, since it might have been a touchdown stopper.

Name assists solos

M. Westerberg 77 20

(1 interception, 1 fumble recovery)

Lincoln Smith 62 23

Jake Mathews 44 25

Casey Elshere 47 13

Zane Fees 49 9

Casey Cuny 28 21

(1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries)

James Williamson 19 19

Nathan O'Dea 22 15

(6 interceptions)

Slate Evans 23 2

Alex Moos 22 5

Mark Trask 24 3

Tate Guptill 13 8

Jordan Smith 5 3

John Hanes 4 4

(1 fumble recovery)

Karch Foley 8

Dalles Brucklacher 6 1

Jeb Stewart 5 2

Andrew Brech 7 (1 interception)

James Nelson 5

Mick Trask 4 1

Cecil Heeb 3

Troy Guptill 2

Colin Van Lint 2

Matt Lawson 2

Theo Fitch 1

Zachary Baxter 1

Nick Roseth 1

Thomas Pavlas 1

By print time, Philip will have hosted Kimball on Monday, October 30, in a Region IV quarterfinal game. Kimball had a 6-3 record after defeating Kadoka 50-0. Other Class 9A competitions that night were; Region 1 - Castlewood vs Northwestern Area; Region 2 - Hanson vs Scotland; and Region 3 - Gettysburg (8-1) vs Timber Lake/Isabel (6-3).