Scotties fall to Ranchers at Deadwood Bowl

Making room ... Philip football players Lane Scott, #30, and Jade Berry, #43 along with a couple other Scotties hold back Harding County Ranchers so ball carrier Cody Reder can move the ball down field. The teams met in the first game of the Prospector Bowl in Deadwood last Saturday. Photo by Nancy Haigh

The Philip Scotties football team traveled to Deadwood, Saturday, September 24, to compete in the 20th annual Prospector Bowl at Ferguson Field. The Scotties challenged the Harding County Ranchers.

The beginning of the game saw a valiant drive by the Scotties, but to no avail. Their wall against the Ranchers held until the last minute of the first quarter. A Harding County rusher broke free and carried the ball 30 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The extra point attempt failed.

The Ranchers' ball carrying lived solely off of break-free runs. In the second quarter, a Harding County 53-yard rush with a successful pass conversion was later followed by a 55-yard rush and another pass conversion.

The third quarter was a near repeat. A Harding County 67-yard run was complemented by a carried-in conversion play. An 83-yard touchdown and another rush conversion play ended the quarter. The score was 0-38.

In the final quarter, the Scotties worked their way down to their three-yard line. The ball was handed to Cody Reder, who slammed it in for the touchdown. The extra point attempt failed. Philip held Harding County scoreless in this quarter. The game ended 6-38.

In the back and forth play, Philip racked up 14 first downs, compared to Harding County's 12. Philip's five penalties totaled 45 yards, while Harding County had eight penalites for a total loss of 60 yards.

Philip's rushing game was led by Reder, who was handed the ball 32 times for a total of 157 yards. Cassady Schnabel used his four carries to give Philip 21 yards. Jade Berry used his five carries to advance the Scotties 17 yards. Lane Scott went a total of 12 yards during his three carries.

The Philip passing game saw an increased effort and a little variety this time out. Tate DeJong threw nine times with two of them finding their mark for a total of 32 yards. Also, Reder tried his hand at two passes, but could not get any completions.

Defensively, Philip leaders included Reed Johnson, who contributed to six assisted tackles, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery. Ryan Van Tassel tallied three assists and one sack. Trey DeJong contributed three assists. Wyatt Schaack helped his team with one solo tackle and two assists. Reder had two solos, eight assists and a fumble recovery.

The next game for the Scotties will be Friday, September 30, starting at 6:00 p.m. Philip will host the Stanley County Buffaloes. The following game will be Friday, October 7, at Presho against the Lyman Raiders.