After Historic Season, Scott Football Hopes to Build Winning Tradition
Scott High School is working hard to build a winning foundation to its football program. Last season, the Eagles finished with their best record ever and only their second winning season in school history. That team was made up of many seniors at key positions and adequately replacing those players remain the team's top priority.
“The biggest thing we're facing this year is the fact that we lost a lot of good seniors last year,” Scott head coach Dan Woolley said. “But we have a lot of kids that have been waiting in the wings, stepped up and had a lot of success at the junior varsity level so we're hoping that rolls over onto the varsity level”
One of the top returning figures from the winning campaign of 2013 is two-way standout, Roberto London, who is expected to shoulder a lot of the team's ground game at running back and is also assigned the responsibility of making the defensive calls from his safety position London rushed for over 500 yards and tallied six rushing touchdowns a year ago.
Expected to create rushing lanes for London will be a large, but young offensive line. With only two seniors along the front five, Woolley is counting on the players being conditioned enough to go strong the entire game all season.
“Last year we started off strong, but we've really got to focus on our conditioning in the fourth quarter and at the end of the season,” said Woolley. “The good thing about conditioning is that it is something that we can control.”
The Eagles are expected to be a run-heavy offense that features Deondre Pleasant and DaShon Lunsford, along with London. Coach Woodley has run a ground-attack on offense the whole time he's been coach at Scott and sees no reason to change now.
“We're primarily a running team. We have at least three backs that have the potential to be really, really good,” Woolley said. “We're blessed that we have three and I think they could start for a lot of teams in Northern Kentucky.”
Defensively, Scott lines up in a 3-4 base with London playing team captain from all the way back at safety. Linebackers are always of the utmost importance in such a scheme and Woolley and staff are excited about the players they have at that position.
“We have some big, physical kids that can play outside linebacker and allow us to be multiple. We feel the 3-4 gets our best athletes on the field.”
Elijah Miller led the Eagles in tackles last year from his linebacker spot and the coaches are looking for another big season from him this year.
After a quality season in a talented district that also includes Conner and South Oldham—both of whom finished one better than Scott with eight wins—the goal is more than just another winning record when the season is all said and done.
“All of your district games are vital. We've got great teams in our district from top to bottom,” Coach Woolley said about the team's schedule. “Seven wins is nice but our goal is to win some games in the playoffs.”
Scott also travels a great deal this season to start out their schedule. The Eagles must be road warriors if they want to jump out to a good start. The first three games are away games, opening with a trip to East Jessamine (about 100 miles away), followed by a date at Holmes and then crossing the river to play Aiken in Cincinnati.
If these young Eagles want to sustain the success they discovered on the football field a year ago, it will be up to the adolescents to learn veteran football craftsmanship of knowing how to condition and get stronger, knowing what it takes to win on the road, and seeing the season through all the way to the end.
“With the history we've had here, we've definitely started improving over the last few years and our goals are even higher this year,” said Woolley.
Written by Bryan Burke, Associate Editor
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