FORT PIERRE – Chaney Burns’ 31-yard field goal with 27 seconds left gave the Philip Scotties the 15-14 victory over the Buffaloes Friday night in an old-time rivalry matchup.
The loss dropped the Buffaloes to 1-4 on the season while improving the Scotties to 1-4.
The field goal was set up by the Buffaloes’ failure to convert on a fourth-and-two on their own 41-yard line with 5:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. Wyatt Harrowa’s rushing attempt came up a foot short of the first down marker as the Buffs turned it over on downs.
“Big thing is I put my faith in my kids. They’re up, they’re playing well and we needed a yard and we just came up a little bit short,” coach Matt Jensen said.
The Scotties took advantage driving 29 yards in eight plays while chewing up what was left of the fourth-quarter clock to set up the game-winner behind running backs Paul Guptill and Ryan Van Tassel.
“My hats off to them, we knew exactly what they were doing. They have a very good kicker who made one against Jones County the first game of the season. He was right on tonight. It’s a rivalry game and it came down to the very end and they wanted to get a win,” Jensen said.
A pair of fumbles and interceptions hampered the Buffaloes’ offensive momentum throughout the evening. The passing game, which looked crisp at times last weekend against Wall, regressed a bit this week. Herman Fennell was 8 for 23 for 145 yards, but threw two interceptions. A number of dropped passes are also reflected in the low completion percentage.
“Early on we had a bunch of good pass plays that we just flat out missed, just dropped balls and those are the things you just can’t do. When you have an opportunity to make a play you have to make it,” Jensen said.
The Scotties struck first in the opening quarter when Tate DeJong hauled in a 22-yard grab giving Philip the 6-0 lead. The Buffs bounced back midway through the second quarter when Fennell completed a 57-yard touchdown to Brady Washechek. The Buffs converted the 2-point try making it 8-6.
Wayde Wieczorek intercepted the Scotties on their next play from scrimmage returning it 25 yards for the pick six. The Buffs failed on the two-point conversion making the score 14-6 at the half.
The Scotties came out strong and controlled the third quarter. Following an interception by Cassidy Schnabel, Guptill punched it in from three yards out to trail 14-12 at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter was fought to a draw between the two teams until the Buffs’ turnover-on-downs and subsequent Burns’ field goal sealed the Buff’s fate.
Washechek led all Stanley County receivers with 57 yards on one reception. Dan Etzkorn had 51 yards on three receptions followed by Kevin Anderson with 43 yards on three receptions.
For the Scotties, Guptill rushed for 57yards on 15 carries, Van Tassell 42 yards on 12 carries and Dejong added 36 yards on six carries.
Stanley County outgained Philip 234 to 179 in total offense.
The remaining schedule for the Buffaloes doesn’t get any easier. They’ll face Eureka/Bowdle next week and finish with Potter County and Sully Buttes.
“Eureka/Bowdle is a pretty decent team. I wouldn’t say they’re a top level team, but they’ve got a good young quarterback who throws the ball pretty well, so we’re going to have to prepare and have a pretty good week of practice,” Jensen said.
The Buffaloes will travel to Eureka next Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.