The younger brother of the slain University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts dominated the field in the football game he nearly missed due to his sister’s death.
Scott Tibbetts scored three touchdowns as senior starting quarterback in the first half for Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High’s season opener Friday.
He nearly sat out of the game after his sister’s lifeless body was discovered in a cornfield Tuesday following a month-long search for 20-year-old Mollie.
The teen decided to take the field just one day before the game, dedicating his performance to his sister and wearing her initials ‘MT’ on his helmet and uniform.
Scott Tibbetts, the younger brother of slain University of Iowa student Mollie, dominated his high school football game Friday
The high school senior and quarterback decided last minute to play in his high school’s football opener in Brooklyn, Iowa
He scored threw two touchdowns and ran another to win the game Friday, dawning his sister’s initials ‘MT’
Scott threw two touchdowns and ran in another to defeat Lisbon 35-24.
‘The coaches tried to keep things as normal as possible but could see the strain on their players’ faces this week.,’ the Des Moines Register reported.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested on Monday and made a full confession to killing Mollie
‘Tonight, there were plenty of smiles and hugs after the game. A big B-G-M contingent on hand. Nice moment for that community.’
An autopsy conducted on Wednesday revealed Tibbetts was killed by ‘multiple sharp force injuries.’
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.
Rivera was arrested Monday when police traced him through surveillance footage which showed his car following Mollie.
He then made a full confession to killing her but his motive is not known.
When he was approached by police on Friday, Rivera, a 24-year-old father, went willingly to participate in an interview.
He then confessed to attacking Mollie, putting her body in the trunk of his car and driving her to a field 10 miles away.
He then led the officers to her body which was dumped in a cornfield.
It was a stunning end to a five week long investigation which focused on others living in the town, including a pig farmer who was questioned three times and had his home searched.
Hundreds are expected to attend Mollie’s funeral, which will be held Sunday in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.
Scott was initially going to sit out after his sister’s body was discovered Tuesday
Hundreds are expected to attend Mollie’s funeral, which will be held Sunday in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa