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Philip Scotties ease by Kadoka Area Kougars

Getting past one, maybe, but not two ... Kadoka’s Kenar VanderMay was slowed almost to a stop by Philip’s Wyatt Kammerer (#26), only to then have to face Cody Reder (#24). The Kougars, gaining only 41 yards in rushing, fell to the Scotties 26-6. Photo by Del Bartels

For their final regular 2010 season football game, the Philip High School football team hosted the Kadoka Kougars.

Philip 0 14 0 12 = 26

Kadoka 6 0 0 0 = 6

The Thursday, October 21, game began with the Kougars receiving the first kick-off. After a drive that included two huge pass plays, Kadoka reached the end zone with a Colter Stout pass to Brady Sudbeck for a 40-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed. Less than two and half minutes into the game, the score was 0-6 in favor of the visiting team.

Kadoka's kick went into the end zone, and the Scotties started their offense from the 20-yard line. A slow but steady advance using four first downs got Philip to the 15-yard line. Kadoka gained possession through loss of downs just at the end of the first quarter.

Kadoka's next play saw an immediate crippling of their passing game, when Philip's Cody Reder intercepted the ball and ran 21 yards to put Philip on the scoreboard. The two-point conversion attempt failed. Eight seconds into the second quarter, the game was tied 6-6. Philip's kick was returned to the 40, but the next three plays saw the Scotties push back Kadoka and force a punt. A high snap that was almost lost by Kadoka's punter should have lost even more yardage for Kadoka. But the punter was able to pick up the ball and run within feet of a Kadoka first down. Philip gained possession because of lack of down. Philip quickly made two first downs, with a possible third set as first-and-goal. With 7:05 still on the clock, Philip's Travis Nelson smashed through the final yard for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was made by Tucker McDaniel. The score was 14-6.

Philip's kick was returned to the 50, though Kadoka was soon stopped at the 27-yard line. The Scotties' drive to the goal was killed by a Kougar interception in the end zone. Taking possession out at the 20, they got nowhere before the gun ended the half.

The third quarter went back and forth, ending with a slow Scottie drive that threatened to score. Five seconds into the final quarter, Philip's Wyatt Kammerer rushed the remaining 12 yards for the touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed and the score was 20-6. By the time the quarter was half over, Philip had not only gained the ball but had reached smelling distance to the goal. Nelson smashed through the final few feet for the last touchdown of the game. The extra-point kick attempt was blocked. The next few minutes saw no scoring. Philip won 26-6.

Philip earned 26 first downs, compared to Kadoka's 10. Philip used 58 rushing plays for a total of 313 yards gained, compared to Kadoka's 32 rushing plays for a total of 41 yards. In the passing game, the Scotties' Tate DeJong completed two of his five passes for a total of 27 yards, and the Kougars completed four out of 10 passes for a total of 99 yards gained. Philip never punted, yet forced only one punt from Kadoka. Lost yards because of penalties were Philip - five, Kadoka - 15.

Philip rushing leaders were Kammerer - 24 rushes for a total of 158 yards, Nelson - 22 for 98, McDaniel - 10 for 44, Beau Ferguson - 1 for 8.

Defensively, Scottie tacklers were Nelson - 7 solos and 5 assists and 2 quarterback sacks, Reder - 6 solos and 1 assist and 1 interception. Clint Nelson - 3 solos and 2 assists and 2 sacks, Cassidy Schnabel - 4 solos and 1 assist, Trey Fortune - 3 solos and 2 sacks, McDaniel - 3 assists, Tanner Radway - 3 solos and 1 assist, Ferguson - 1 solo, Kammerer - 3 solos and 3 assists.

Philip has a win-loss record in Region 4 9AA of 6-2 and a power point rating of 51.250. The first round of playoffs were Tuesday, October 26. The Scotties traveled to Eureka to face the Eureka/Bowdle Trojans, who have a season record of 7-1 and a power point rating of 53.000.

The second round of playoffs will be Monday, November 1, and the semi-finals will be Saturday, November 6.