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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Scotland County had three running backs rush for over 100 yards in win over Putnam County

  • Scotland County beat Putnam County 32-14 Friday night in Unionville, Mo.
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  • UNIONVILLE, Mo. - A 30-minute lightning delay couldn’t shake the resolve of Scotland County’s football team in the Tigers’ 32-14 win over Putnam County Friday night.
    Scotland (2-6, 2-2 Tri-Rivers) had a 6-0 lead when Chris Jackson scored the first of his four touchdowns with 5:33 left in the first quarter and were ready to kick off to when the officials ordered the players off the field due to lightning. When the teams came back on the field, the Tigers executed an onsides kick and Caleb Doubet recovered on the Scotland 42. Zach Miller peeled off a 53-yard run and Jackson scored on the next play to stretch the Tiger lead to 12-0 with 4:08 left in the first quarter.
    Sophomore fullback/linebacker Will McRobert rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown. He said Scotland was determined to win.
    “We had the mindset that we weren’t going to lose,” he said.
    Scotland County coach Daniel Burns praised his team’s preparation going into the game.
    “We had a good week of practice,” he said. “We worked on execution on the line and our blocking was very good, even our receivers did a good job.”
    Jackson finished with 135 yards and Miller added 104 yards. McRoberts said Scotland has balance in the backfield.
    “We feature smash-mouth and speed,” he said. “Our offensive line executed great.”
    Jackson said the line did its job.
    “They executed nicely,” he said. “I had all sorts of room to run on the outside.”
    Putnam County coach Wade Auld wasn’t happy with his team’s play. The Midgets (1-7, 1-3) are down to 15 players after linemen Nathan Pipes and Seth Rexroat suffered knee injuries.
    “We did a poor job of trying to stop anything [Scotland] did,” he said. “We have to go back to the drawing board.”
    McRobert scored on a 68-yard run in which he broke five Putnam tackles on the first play of the second half that widened the Tiger lead to 24-0. The Midgets scored on a 5-yard Jacob Parker run with 7:21 left in the half to cut the lead to 24-6. Jackson scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 36-yard run with 2:01 left in the third quarter that increased Scotland’s lead to 32-6.
    Parker connected with Chance Hendee on a 31-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and Parker’s two-point conversion narrowed the Scotland lead to 32-14.
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