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Scotties freeze out the Rebels

Launch away … Anthony Kinsley fires a pass as his Rebel offense tries to hold back the oncoming Scotties. The cold weather did not slow the back-and-forth game, which ended with Philip defeating Jones County-Midland 22-12.

The Philip Scotties defeated the Jones County/Midland Rebels last Friday evening 22-12 in Murdo.

The first half was a freeze-out for the Rebels. With only 31 seconds left in the first quarter, the Philip Scotties got on the scoreboard when Brit Miller ran the ball the one yard needed for the first touchdown. The extra-point conversion was runin for a score of 8-0. With 4:57 remaining in the first half, Dana Kerns ran 47 yards for the Scotties’ second touchdown. The extra-point conversion earned two more points.

Less than four minutes into the second half, Rebels’ Spencer Ball caught a pass from Anthony Kinsley for a 54 yard touchdown. The extra-point attempt failed.

Back and forth action was heavy. After a kick return, the Scotties fumbled and the Rebels recovered. Philip intercepted a pass, then their own quarterback was sacked. The Rebels intercepted a pass, only to be soon intercepted by the Scotties.

With 3:06 left, Philip’s Miller drove in a 26 yard run for a touchdown and followed by running in the conversion to add eight points to their lead.

The score remained at 22-6 until a long pass by the Rebels put them only one yard from the goal line. With less than 40 seconds to go, the Rebels’ Craig McKenzie could not be stopped from scoring by the Scotties. The extra-point attempt failed. Running out the clock, Philip won 22-12.

Both teams had 12 first downs and both lost 20 yards to penalties.

The Scotties succeeded in catching two of their eight pass attempts. Billy Seager caught one for a six yard gain, and Bo Slovek caught one for two yards.

For the Rebels’ 7 out of 19 passes, Cole Venard caught three for 84 yards gained, and Ball caught two for 56.

Philip rushed 64 times for 333 yards. Miller carried 24 times for 141 yards; Ty Fees - 19 for 81; and Slovek - 12 for 34.

The Rebels rushed 22 times for 104 yards. McKenzie carried 8 times for 36 yards, and Venard - 8 for 34.

Miller of the Scotties had five solo tackles and seven assists. Nathan O’Dea had 4 solos and 4 assists.

The Rebels had 29 solo tackles. McKenzie earned 10 solos and 10 assists, while Chauncy Labrier had 5 solos and 14 assists.

The next Philip game will be at home against New Underwood on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

The next Jones County/Midland game will be at Lyman on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.