Philip Scotties gridiron team falls to Harding County Ranchers 52-0

The Philip Scotties traveled to Buffalo, Friday, October 15, to go up against the Harding County Ranchers.

Philip 0 0 0 0 = 0

Harding Co. 22 24 0 6 = 52

Philip and Harding County both earned 13 first downs. The Scotties executed 28 running plays, to the Ranchers' 27. Philip used three punts to Harding County's two. Philip lost only 20 yards because of penalties, compared to Harding County's 40 yards.

Then the statistics start leaning further and further away from Philip's traditional game. Philip attempted seven passes, with Tate DeJong connecting two of them for a total of 34 yards gained. The Ranchers, though, threw 17 times for a total of 194 yards gained. Four of those completions were touchdowns. Though Philip's strengths up until now have been its offensive rushing game and its strong defense to the rush, it gained only 85 yards and allowed 240 yards by Harding County.

The first quarter opened with a 28-yard rush by Harding County's Jace Jensen for the touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was the only one the Scotties stopped during the game. Ryne Baler made the next TD, a one-yard run, then he made the two-point conversion. Taz Olsen made a surprising 61-yard TD, followed by an Austin Brown conversion.

The second quarter was a passing frenzy by Harding County's Brown, who first threw to Skyler Floyd for a 15-yard TD. Olson made the conversion. Jensen snagged a pass for a 26-yard TD. Baler made the conversion. Next, Floyd caught a pass for an 18-yard TD. Olson made the conversion. The first half ended 46-0.

The Scotties stopped the Rancher offense during the third quarter, but their offense was also stymied. The fourth quarter ended when Jensen caught another Austin pass for a 55-yard TD.

Philip's offense was in the hands of four players. Travis Nelson carried the ball nine times for a total of 35 yards. Tucker McDaniel carried five times for 25 yards. Wyatt Kammerer was given the ball 11 times for a total of 16 yards. Beau Ferguson gained eight yards in his one carry. Philip suffered two unrecovered fumbles.

The Scottie defense was there, but after adjusting to the Rancher's form of rushing, they just could not stop the Harding County passing game. Tackles included: Tanner Radway - 2 solos, 2 assists and 1 sack. Trey Fortune - 4 solos and 1 sack. Cody Reder - 2 solos and 1 assist. Jade Berry - 2 solos. Cassidy Schnabel - 2 assists. Kammerer -1 solo and 1 assist. Ferguson - 1 solo and 1 assist. Nelson - 5 solos and 2 assists. McDaniel - 4 solos and 2 assists. Nelson - 1 solo and 3 sacks.

The Philip Scotties' next game will be hosting the Kadoka Area Kougars, beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21. The first round of playoffs begin Tuesday, October 26.