Scott Wallops Holmes 34-7
Scott scored a nice road win on Friday as they thumped Holmes, 34-7. The Eagles dominated on the ground in their season opener as the trio of Scott running backs thrashed the Bulldogs on multiple big runs.
“I think our kids got tired of hitting each other in practice. We just wanted to face some competition,” said Scott head coach Dan Woolley.
Scott running back Roberto London got the party started early for the Eagles as he scored in the first quarter on a long touchdown run that gave his team a lead they would not lose. Deondre Pleasant also had a spectacular game as he scored touchdowns on a big run and on a punt return and also intercepted a pass in the Holmes end zone.
The Bulldogs struggled to find the big play like the ones that led them to victory a week ago. Tailback Delijiah Ross-Tyus scored the only touchdown for Holmes but was largely kept in check by a fast Scott defense.
“Our defense is playing outstanding. They gave up some drives, but for the most part they played really well. That's what I am really excited about. I knew we'd have some good running backs but the way our defense as a unit is playing is what I am happiest about,” said Woolley
Scott frustrated Holmes into a multitude of costly mistakes. In addition to the red zone interception, they continued to hurt themselves with what head coach Ben Nevels has called self-inflicted wounds. Pre-snap penalties, dropped passes and a bad snap on a punt were all examples of what went wrong for the Bulldogs. Throw in an injury to Holmes quarterback Desean Brumfield in the first half when they game was still relatively in reach and you had the perfect recipe for disaster. Brumfield returned in the second half.
Scott showed a prominent power run game, as their beefy offensive line sealed off whole walls of Holmes defenders that allowed for London, Pleasant, and DaShon Lunsford to find lots of open rushing room and at least one touchdown each. The trio prevented the Eagles from needing to pass very much at all.
Holmes was able to grind their way down field on sustained drives by using tight end/h-back Andrew Arnold on some tough running up the middle, and Ross-Tyus on pitches and end-arounds, but when only one of them translated into points, it put applied stress to the defense.
“We were concerned about the big play but they showed they could drive the ball,” Woolley said about the Bulldogs offense.
The defensive stress may have accounted for allowing the big chunk plays that often came from a mixture of poor tackling and tremendous athleticism for Scott at the running back position. London is a larger, more upright back, Lunford is a compact back with break away speed, and Pleasant is somewhere in the middle physically but might be the most athletic of the three. All of them had long touchdown runs and each displayed breakaway speed.
Woolley's only complaint of his team is that he sensed it becoming complacent once they got a healthy lead. He called a second-half timeout in order to talk to his team about it.
“If we're going to have a shot at this district, we've got to be able to close out the games you're supposed to and keep grinding when things get tough,” Woolley said.
Despite the complacency, the Eagles showed themselves as a legitimate district contender by rolling over Holmes at home.
Scott is 1-0 and Holmes falls to 1-1.
Other scores from the NKY River Cities:
Cooper 31, Newport Central Catholic 0
Simon Kenton 64, Holy Cross 7
Lloyd 52, Dayton 0
Highlands 23, Campbell Co. 16
Ludlow 42, Bracken Co. 0
Story & photos by Bryan Burke, associate editor