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Philip Scotties football team gives slippery win to Harding County 20-32

The first Philip home game of the season, as well as the first football game played on the newly resurfaced field, was a 20-32 loss for the Scotties.

The Friday, September 12, game against the Harding County Ranchers began with drizzle during the first half and a wet, slippery field throughout the game. Incomplete passes and fumbles were numerous. The first quarter was tied 8-8 and only the Scotties scored in the second half. But, the damage had been done in the second quarter and Philip could not catch up, much less ever acquire the lead.

Philip 8 14 14 20 = 20

Harding Co. 8 32 32 32 = 32

The first of many fumbles on both sides was a Scottie loss to the Ranchers within the first three minutes of play. The first touchdown came at the 6:22 mark with a Harding County five-yard rush by Hazer Burghduff. Teammate Jace Jenson ran in the conversion points. Philip had possession midfield, when a fumble was picked up by Harding County. Philip's Trey Fortune plowed through to earn a quarterback sack and force the Ranchers to punt, followed by a strong Philip drive. Though another fumble, this time on the two-yard line, gave the ball to Harding County, the Scotties forced the opponents to first lose the ball then recover it in their own endzone for a safety. The score was 2-8 with 26 seconds left in the first quarter. Philip's Casey Cvach received the kick, to return it 62 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed.

The second quarter was not pretty for Philip. Harding County made three touchdowns and made good on all three conversion attempts. Philip's Cvach ran in a 19-yard touchdown, but the extra point attempt failed. The first half ended 14-32.

The third quarter was full of lost pass attempts, fumbles, and cross-field runs, but no scores.

The fourth quarter seemed to be going the same way, until the Scotties kept up a drive that put the ball up to the one yard line with only 47 seconds remaining. Cvach got the ball and carried it across the line for the final score of the game. The extra point attempt failed. The gun ended the game 20-32.

For Philip's rushing record, Cvach ran the ball a total of 119 yards out of 20 tries. Karch Foley carried the ball seven times for a total gain of 61 yards. Bodhi Litle had five carried for 13 yards and Jeb Stewart ran the ball twice for a total of eight yards.

The passing game was slippery. Litle tried seven times to catch the ball. He held on to it three times, but for no yardage gain. Stewart had two catches out of eight for a gain of 18 yards.

Defensively, Scotties' Foley racked up three solo tackles, nine assists, one sack and one fumble recovery. Mick Trask earned four solos, eight assists and two sacks. Cvach, also playing defense, assisted with four tackles and got one sack. Colin Van Lint claimed one solo tackle and eight assists. Andrew Brech aided the Scotties with three solos, three assists and two sacks.

The next football game for the Scotties will be their Philip Homecoming game against the New Underwood Tigers starting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19.