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Scotties fall to Jones Co., 20-0

Blockers and runners ... Jade Berry (#43) got in early season blocking practice as teammate Cody Reder got in some rushing experience during the opening game against Jones County, September 2.

The Philip High School Scotties football team competed in its first game of the 2011 season, Friday, September 2. Before a home crowd, their first test ended as a defeat by the Jones County Coyotes 0-20.

The Coyotes kicked off the game with a short wobbler that put the Scotties mid-field. Philip began a charge that entailed three first-downs, but were stopped at their one-foot line with loss of possession. Jones County's return charge was stymied, and ended with a punt. Philip came back to the two-foot mark, but first-game fouls pushed them back. The first quarter ended with Philip at a fourth down at around the 20 yard line.

The second quarter began with an incomplete pass and possession going to the Coyotes. Back and forth action, with included fouls and forced punts, filled the rest of the first half. Halftime came with no score on the board.

The game changed at the seven minute mark of the third quarter. After a first-down drive, Coyotes' Philip Mathews rushed 13 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, and the score was 0-6. The clock read 4:34 when Jones County's Wyatt Hespe broke loose through the Scottie line for a 48-yard rush. This time the two-point converstion was good, and the score was 0-14. Philip returned the kick to the 49-yard line, but the rest of the quarter was a replay of the back and forth action of the first half.

The fourth quarter saw several sacks made by both teams. At the 7:55 mark, Philip attempted a fake punt, but the sneak pass was incomplete. Jones County received possession at Philip's six-yard line. At 6:41, the Coyotes sent Skyer Miller over the line to score a touchdown. Philip stopped the extra point attempt, and the score was 0-20. The Coyotes again tried a short wobble kick, this time snapping up the ball and getting possession at about Philip's 35-yard line. The Scotties stopped the Coyotes from any more successful drives, but could not succeed in any of their own.

Philip earned 10 first downs, while Jones County earned 11. Philip suffered 10 penalties that totaled 90 yards, while Jones County had 10 penalties that totaled 80 yards.

Defensive leaders for Philip included Quade Slovek who racked up 14 assisted tackles. Trey DeJong, Tate DeJong and Reed Johnson each tallied 10 assisted tackles. Cody Reder earned four solo tackles and 7 assisted tackles.

Offensive statistics for the Scotties were lead by Reder who rushed a total of 117 yards in 16 carries. Jade Berry carried the ball seven times for a total of 28 gained yards. Cassidy Schnabel totaled nine yards in nine carries. Quarterback Gavin Brucklacher attempted seven passes, but could not find any completions.

The Scotties' next football challenge will be the Philip Homecoming game starting at 6:00 p.m. against the White River Tigers.