Scott Eagles Enjoying Special Fall Sports Season
Their football team is having perhaps its best season ever as they head into this week's match up against Grant County with a 4-1 record so far this year. The Eagles fell out of the Class 5A top-10 after losing their last game at Cooper, but are still in the receiving votes. Two of the team's running backs appear in the rushing leaders category with senior Roberto London leading the way with 564 yards on 74 attempts, which is good for a whopping 7.4 yards-per-carry.
Scott athletic director Ken Mueller explained that the effort to improve the school's long suffering football program was aided with local youth-football initiatives within Taylor Mill.
“It kind of started a number of years ago when we hired Dave Campbell to lead our program and he really kind of got it set in place,” Mr. Mueller said. “We developed our own pee-wee football program within Taylor Mill and that's been a big help to us. So now all those kids are coming here where as in the past, we were depended on another football organization and a lot of those kids were split as far as where they ended up.”
Current head coach Dan Woolley was the assistant to Campbell, so when Campbell got a job as assistant principle at Woodland Middle School, Woolley continued the tradition the pair had worked hard to achieve.
“Our football team for years was just not very successful, but since we brought in a new regime a couple of years ago, they've really gotten things off on a good foot,” Mueller said.
The boys soccer team is also playing well at 10-2-1 on the year, and with only two games left on the schedule, they appear as favorites heading into District 37 postseason play, beginning next week. Devin Morgan is listed as 11th in the state in assists with 15 on the season and are 13thin team defense, allowing only 0.9 goals-per-game. The Eagles finish with a home game against Pendleton County followed by their season finale at Conner.
“We've got a good mix of kids that are sophomores, juniors and seniors and our two front guys, Blake Schneider and Luke Treadway, are very talented,” said Mueller “And our goalie C.J. Seay has just had a heck of a year. He's made some great saves. We'll play in the districts next week and we'll find out what happens.”
Girls volleyball also has one of the best records in the region with a 22-4 record. The Eagles have been stellar all year after losing the season opener to Notre Dame Academy. During that stretch, they were able to beat their longtime nemesis, Campbell County, who they had lost to in the postseason the last two years.
“We've been successful the last few years, we just haven't been able to get past Campbell County in our region, in the finals” Mueller said. “Last year, for all intents and purposes, we had them beat. I mean, we were winning 13-7 in the final game and they scored the last eight points and beat us 15-13. We will see them again the District finals and very well may see them in the regional finals.”
Ken Mueller has been AD at Scott for eight years and agrees that this fall is one of the best he's seen since being on the job.
“We've had some great success so far this fall. The three teams you're talking about have been successful the last few years. We got great kids playing all of our sports. It's really gone real well.”
Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor
Photo: Scott Football helmet (provided)