By Phil Perry
For the Coal Valley News
MADISON, W.Va – Scott High School picked up their second victory of the season in dramatic fashion on Friday as junior Garrett Roberts rushed for 181 yards and two scores while throwing for another in a 48-20 homecoming win over the Pioneers of Wayne.
“We talked at halftime about coming out and getting them three-and-out,” said the Skyhawk’s first-year coach Shann Elkins. “The first fourth down stop we had in the third quarter really sparked us and allowed to do some good things.”
Scott had not beaten the Pioneers since 2004.
With 6:36 left in the opening quarter, Scott quarterback Connor White broke the ice on a keeper up the gut on the goal line. The sophomore’s score put the home team up, 6-0 after a penalty negated a made extra point by Tanner Halstead.
After the skyhawks recovered a Pioneer fumble near midfield, White threw a laser to Roberts, good for a 40-yard score. The signal caller then hit than Ramsey in the end zone for a 2-point conversion to put Scott up 14-0 with 4:28 to go in the opening quarter. In the next series, Joshua Kirkendoll helped negate a Pioneer drive when he smacked down a pass that was intended for a wide open receiver in the middle of the field.
“We had big plays on defense,” said Elkins. “White had a crucial interception and on special teams we had a punt returned for a touchdown (Kinder).”
In the first half, Wayne (1-5) answered with two scores via the ground and the air and Scott held a 14-12 edge at halftime.
In the second half, Roberts continued to accumulate large chunks of yardage on the ground and his coach fed him the ball.
“You wouldn’t have known it, but he has been slowed by a nagging hamstring all season,” he said. “He’s been feeling good and you could see it in the way he ran.’
Scott’s 44 defense was stingy, with the exception of two big plays allowed in the passing game that set up scores for the Pioneers.
It was all Scott in the second half, outscoring their opponent 27-8 with the Pioneer pay-dirt coming late in the game. The Skyhawks showed some versatility with big plays through the air setting up scores, including a shifty halfback pass from Roberts to Ramsey in the red zone.
“The running game is our primary focus,” he said. “Our quarterback has done a good job of picking up the pass plays we’ve added to the offense. Roberts can throw the ball, too. That halfback pass is something else to contend with. Our kids played hard and earned the win.”
After Halstead”s punt return from midfield with 7:45 to go in the game, Scott led 48-12.
Peyton Hassler and Carson McCommas got in on the scoring act for the Skyhawks as the offense proved to be versatile on this night, showcasing capable weapons beyond Robert’s continued heroics.
Scott (2-4) will travel to Tolsia on Friday to take on the Rebels (4-1).