Philip Scotties sweep New Underwood 50-0 before fourth quarter in gridiron play

The Philip Scottie football team forced a merciful end to their game against the New Underwood Tigers Friday, September 17.

The Scotties hosted the Tigers to a devastating 50-0 defeat, using the mercy rule with nine seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Philip 16 20 14 = 50

New Underwood 0 0 0 = 0

Though the Tigers received the first kick, they were soon forced to punt. Shortly later, the Scotties used a fake punt to make a first down, which lead to a 44-yard touchdown run by Wyatt Kammerer at the 6:16 mark. Teammate Travis Nelson rushed in the extra two-point conversion play. With 4:43 still in the first quarter, the Tigers tried a lateral attempt, only to lose it to the Scotties and to suddenly be playing defense on their own 19 yard line. Philip's Nelson finished the drive with an eight-yard run for his team's second touchdown. Flip-flopping their roles this time, Kammerer carried in the two-point conversion. Possessing the ball for seeming too short a time, the Tigers held on until the 1:39 mark, when they punted to Philip's 38 yard line. Driving forward, then penalizing backward, Philip was at its own 27 when the first quarter ended.

The first play of the second quarter saw Kammerer explode for 68 yards to the goal line. The extra point attempt failed and the score 13 seconds into the second quarter was 22-0. New Underwood soon had to punt again, giving the ball to Philip at their 31 yard line. Half way through the quarter, Philip's Tucker McDaniel rushed 28 yards for yet another Philip touchdown. Kammerer spun his way in for the successful conversion and a 30-0 score. Back and forth play until the 3:50 mark lead to the Tigers losing their first down attempt and the Scotties owning the ball. Philip's tight double wing formation gave them an immediate first down. Forty-seven seconds remained and Philip did two back-to-back plays with no huddle. A nine-yard touchdown by Kammerer came with only 47 seconds left in the third quarter. The extra point attempt failed, ending the first half 36-0.

The cold of the evening may be what slowed the third quarter. Philip defense continued to stymie the Tigers. At the 4:07 mark, Nelson ran the remaining 13 yards for a Philip touchdown. He then ran in the two-point conversion for a score of 44-0. The varsity team, using the workhorses of Kammerer and Nelson, had gotten Philip to within easy reach of sending in other players to see game time. But, Philip's Beau Ferguson could not let opportunity slip away. He used a sweep to run the ball 61 yards for a game-ending touchdown. The gun fired, signaling the 50-0 final score, with nine seconds still on the clock for the third quarter.

"It was all due to the line," said Philip head coach Keven Morehart.

Achieving 19 first downs, Philip ran the ball 41 times for a gain of 407 yards. The single Scottie passing attempt resulted in no yards gained. New Underwood attempted 21 running plays for four yards offensively, and two pass plays to no avail.

Philip rushing leaders were Kammerer with 17 attempts and 211 total yards gained, McDaniel - 17 carries and 99 yards total, Ferguson with one carry for 61 yards, and Nelson with six carries and 36 total yards.

Defensively, the Philip Scotties frequently used offensive players. Kammerer racked up 2 solo tackles, 7 assists and 1 quarterback sack. Ferguson had 1 solo and 5 assists. Nelson got 3 solos and 2 assists. Tanner Radway helped out the Scottie defense with 3 solo and 3 assisted tackles. Clint Nelson earned 1 solo and 3 assists. Cody Reder got 3 assists and 2 quarterback sacks. Tucker McDaniel had 3 assists. Trey Fortune earned 3 assists and 1 fumble recovery. Colter Cvach got 1 assist.

The next game for the Scotties, the Philip Homecoming football game, will be against the Wall Eagles. It will start at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 24.