Scott City football rallies past East Prairie in second half to remain undefeated
EAST PRAIRIE – A second half letdown led to a second straight defeat Friday night for East Prairie against Class 2, District 1 rival Scott City.
A five-point halftime lead was undone by three-straight fourth quarter scores by the Rams who held on for a 38-28 win.
“I’m proud of our kids,” East Prairie head coach Chad Jamerson said. “They played really hard. We just ran out of gas. We weren’t able to keep our best players out on the field and that hurt us in the long run.”
One of the primary players Jamerson was referring to was one of their primary playmakers, senior Derez Tipler.
Tipler had five catches for 119 yards and a score in the first half, but was in and out of the lineup in the second half battling cramps.
East Prairie carried 22-17 lead into the locker room and maintained into the fourth after a scoreless third quarter.
A 23-yard strike from Rams’ quarterback Spencer Stratman to Joe Panagos in the opening seconds of the fourth quickly shifted momentum with the Rams taking a 24-22 lead.
Stratman found Panagos again on Scott City’s next possession for a 10-yard touchdown. Jimmy May’s point-after extend their advantage, 31-22.
Capping a 21-0 run that took just under eight minutes, Panagos hit Eli Berry for his third score of the quarter with 4:16 to play, making it 38-22.
“Our kids played hard and gave us everything they had,” Jamerson said. “The stats tell the story of the second half. Scott City turned it on offensively. We didn’t have any turnovers, except on downs.
“We just couldn’t get the timely score in the second half. The offense stalled out.”
East Prairie still had a chance for a comeback and looked ready to make it a one-score game when Tipler capped 66-yard drive with a one-yard run.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they needed the two-point conversion to bring theirselves within a score and a bobbled snap on the attempt led to a stuffed run play.
This left East Prairie trailing 38-28 with 1:41 to play.
An ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful and Scott City worked the ball into Eagles’ territory as time wound down.
Tensions flared when Jimmy May ran the ball to the four-yard line and time looked ready to expire only for the Rams to call a timeout an set up one last play.
With one second on the clock, May attempted a 21-yard field goal that was wide right.
The timeout right before time expired and ensuing field goal attempt led to a dust up after the missed field goal and both teams flooded onto the field.
Before anything could escalate both teams were pulled back to their sideline and it was decided to forgo the usual handshakes.
The referees announced a penalty on East Prairie on the final play, but Scott City declined to re-kick.
“We didn’t want to score a touchdown,” Ram’s head coach Jim May said of the field goal attempt. “But we thought we’d try to get to 13 (points for district seeds). Maybe I shouldn’t have done that, but I’m trying to get where I can get.”
Scott City out-gained East Prairie 419-217 in total yards.
Stratman was 17 of 28 for 203 yards and four touchdowns. Panagos caught six passes for 84 yards and two scored while Berry hauled in four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Jimmy May led all rushers with 129 yards and a score on 21 carries with Sam Elders rushing 16 times for 69 yards.
Scott City had a balanced attack of 216 yards through the air and 203 yards on the ground.
“We didn’t play well in the first half,” Jim May said. “I don’t know if we were flat or what, but we were dropping passes and not tackling very well. We came out in the second half and played better.
“Panagos and Eli both can catch the ball a lot. Usually Jimmy does a good job of that too. Those guys do a good job catching the ball and Spencer does a good job throwing it.”
The Eagles were led by Carson Aycock’s 303 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 32 passing. He also blocked a punt on special teams before rushing it in from two yards out on the next play to give his team a 22-14 lead late in the first half.
Tipler caught eight passes for 167 yards with a touchdown both through the air and on the ground. Jack Scruggs had four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.
S – Sam Elder 35 pass from Spencer Stratman (Jimmy May kick good), 6:18
E – Jack Scruggs 43 pass from Carson Aycock (Carson Aycock pass failed), 4:35
E – Derez Tipler 28 pass from Carson Aycock (Mason Bryars pass from Carson Aycock good), 0:47
S – Jimmy May 22 run (Jimmy May kick good), 9:26
E – Carson Aycock 2 run (Derez Tipler run good), 5:12
S – Jimmy May 35 field goal, 0:00
S – Joe Panagos 23 pass from Spencer Stratman (Jimmy May kick good), 11:54
S – Joe Panagos 10 pass from Spencer Stratman (Jimmy May kick good), 7:51
S – Eli Berry 12 pass from Spencer Stratman (Jimmy May kick good), 4:16
E – Derez Tipler 1 run (Carson Aycock run failed), 1:41
RUSHING – Scott City, Spencer Stratman 8-5, Sam Elders 16-69, Jimmy May 21-129. East Prairie, Carson Aycock 17-6, Raleigh Archie 1-3, Derez Tipler 2-7, Mason Bryars 3-(-2).
PASSING – Scott City, Spencer Stratman 17-28-0 216. East Prairie, Carson Aycock 17-32-0 3-3.
RECEIVING – Scott City, Eli Berry 4-53, Sam Elders 1-35, William Klingeman 1-12, Hunter Senn 1-3, Sam Jordan 1-(-2), Kolbe Drury 1-12, Jimmy May 2-19, Joe Panagos 6-84. East Prairie, Jack Scruggs 4-88, Derez Tipler 8-167, Mason Bryars 3-16, Keaton Adams 2-32.