MILAN, Mo. – Aaron Richardson rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown, while the Wildcats defense held Scotland County to just 82 total yards. The Wildcats extended their regular season winning streak as they beat SC, 34-6, Friday night.
Trailing 3-0 late in the first quarter, Jade Holt found freshman Ian See, who out-jumped Tristan Fowler to grab the ball and the lead for Scotland. After missing on the two-point conversion the Tigers went up 6-3.
After that point the Wildcats went on to score 31 unanswered points. The Milan defense forced Scotland into five straight three and outs and six straight punts.
“We played great defense tonight. They were a little bit more of an option team tonight, and we were able to come out and adjust to what they were doing to us,” said Milan coach John Dabney.
The adjustments were needed due to the fact that Scotland County’s leading rusher Will McRoberts missed the game with a hamstring injury suffered late in the Tigers win over North Shelby.
“We didn’t think it was anything big at the time, but when he went in they found out there was a slight tear. We tried not to change too much without him but they did a good job of taking away Chris Jackson and our outside game,” said Scotland County head coach Daniel Burns.
Milan took the lead for good when Kevin Deyrke scored on a six-yard touchdown run. Richardson set up the score with five straight rushes. Four of the five went for at least 10 yards.
DeRyke scored again with just over a minute left in the first half, when he took it in from 11 yards out. The Wildcats took a 17-6 lead to the break.
“We started out defensively by bringing a lot of pressure and they did a good job of picking that up. So we decided to sit back just a little bit, and bring maybe one linebacker instead of two and allow our defense to read what was going on before they took off to make a play,” said Dabney.
Milan started to pull away in the third quarter when Raul Palacios made his second field goal of the night to put Milan up 20-6. Richardson put the game out of reach when he scored from a single yard out and Milan took a 27-6 lead into the final quarter.
“We did a poor job up front. Their defense killed us, they were just quicker than we were and didn’t allow us to get on to the linebackers. Defensively we played alright considering how much they were on the field and with the field position they had to play with,” said Burns.
The icing on the Milan homecoming cake came when Ryan Keuhn found Holden Stallbaumer on a 34-yard catch and run for a touchdown. On fourth and short, Keuhn found Stallbaumer along the sideline, he then cut across the field, hurdling his way into the end zone bringing the home crowd to their feet.
“It was a good game and we played really well. When you get the ball at receiver on this team you have to try your hardest to score, that’s for sure,” said Stallbaumer.
Milan stayed unbeaten at 5-0 and improved to 2-0 in the Tri-Rivers. Next week they travel to Schuyler County.
Scotland dropped to 3-3, and 1-1 in the TRC. Next week they travel to Edina for their second meeting with Knox County this season, this time as a conference game and the Clyde Trophy will be on the line.