Philip Scotties fall to Herreid/Selby Area Wolverines 12-22 in football playoff

Scottie offense ... Philip Junior Brandon O'Dea (#23) running the ball with seniors Casey Cvach (#13) and Colin Van Lint (#43) clearing the way. Photo by Deb Smith

With a 6-2 season record, the number three seeded Philip Scottie football team traveled to Herreid to challenge the number two seeded Herreid-Selby Area Wolverines.

Philip 12 0 0 0 = 11

Herreid 8 14 0 0 = 22

The Tuesday, October 27, Region 4 Class 9AA game started fast, with Wolverines' Tanner Sjomeling finishing a drive by carrying the ball in the last two yards for a touchdown. Teammate Jon Schlomer made good the two-point conversion for a 8-0 lead. Casey Cvach, Philip's only player to put the Scotties on the scoreboard during the game, did so first with a 55-yard TD. Philip's extra point attempt failed. Cvach, the Scotties' main ball carrier during the regular season, finished the quarter with a 28-yard TD. Though the Scotties' extra point attempt failed, Philip ended the first quarter in the lead 12-8. Cvach was then injured. Though he did rejoin the game later, the Scotties would not again be able to get on the scoreboard.

In the second quarter, Schlomer completed a 12-yard rush for another six points. Later, Schlomer caught a Spencer Frank pass for a 28-yard TD. Frank made good on the conversion. Back and fourth action was intense for the rest of the game, but the scoring ended at 12-22.

Philip coach Keven Morehart said, "I felt, as a whole, that going into the game we had an excellent chance of giving the Wolverines their first loss of the season. The first quarter found us on top with a 12-8 lead and we were playing very well offensively and defensively. The Wolverines came out the second quarter and changed things up defensively and we couldn't get anything going, especially after Cvach got hurt in the second quarter and saw limited action from there on."

Morehart continued, "The end of the second quarter found us still with the lead and trying to hold them on a fourth and long. They ended up scoring on a pass across the middle that eventually gave them a 22-12 lead and that is the way the game ended. Overall, we did play well defensively as our kids did not let them score in the second half. Offensively in the second half, the Wolverines shut down our running game by dominating the line of scrimmage. Our passing game also suffered with no protection being given our quarterback so he could throw.

"Player wise, Karch Foley and Travis Nelson did an excellent job on defense once again. Tucker McDaniel had a key interception and Troy Guptill did an excellent job at defensive end along with Trey Fortune.

"Offensively in the first half, Foley and Cvach did a great job of running hard and our line, consisting of Clint Nelson, Trey Fortune, Troy Guptill and Colin Van Lint, opened up some huge holes for them to run through.

"We will miss our seniors who led by example and showed great leadership throughout the year: Colin Van Lint, Robbie Williamson, Troy Guptill, Karch Foley, Dallas Lamm, Tim Wells, Casey Cvach and Colten Nickelson," said Morehart.

Eighteen first downs earned by the Scotties were partially negated by 35 yards lost in penalties. The Wolverines also lost 35 due to their penalties. Philip had 35 players on its roster. The combined Herreid-Selby Area team also had 35 players on its roster; each labeled for an offensive and a defensive position.

Philip executed 34 running plays for a total gain of 242 yards. It resorted to one punt, while forcing the Wolverines to punt three times. Philip's Brandon O'Dea tossed the ball 13 times for four completions and a total of 33 yards. The Scottie rushing game was lead by Cvach with 14 carries for a total of 139 yards. Foley rushed a total of 78 yards, using 12 runs. O'Dea held the ball eight times to account for 24 yards. Fortune used his one carry to gain one yard.

Defensively, Philip's C. Nelson earned three solo tackles, which included one sack, and 11 assists. Van Lint and Foley each racked up four solos and nine assists. Wyatt Kammerer helped his team with five solos and eight assisted tackles. Guptill earned four solos and seven assists.

Philip ended its 2009 season 6-3. The Lyman Raiders (9-0) remained undefeated with a 52-16 win over Lemmon/McIntosh (ending their season 7-2) in Presho. Herreid-Selby Area (9-0) played at Presho against Lyman on Monday, November 2, for the region finals.