NITRO, W.Va. — Garrett Roberts rushed for 307 yards and scored seven touchdowns to power Scott to a 58-7 rout of Nitro on the road.
“What else can you say about a kid having a night like that,” said coach Shann Elkins. “It was a team win but he really had an incredible performance.”
Nitro had no answer to the Skyhawk ground game and the Wildcat offense could muster little against Scott’s defense.
“Our kids have worked hard and our seniors have led,” Elkins said. “We can win four of our last six and our kids have made that happen. I’m really happy that our seniors get to experience a win like this.”
According to Charleston Gazette-Mail statistics, Roberts scored from scrimmage on runs of 12, 21, 16, 29 and 11 yards. His most dazzling was a 91-yard scamper that also found the end zone.
Roberts was close to his older brother Jordan’s school record for touchdowns (8). Jordan Roberts was the 2007 Kennedy Award winner who set the high school football single-season rushing record.
He is considered one of the greatest Skyhawks in their gridiron history. Scott (3-6) gave No. 3 Mingo Central all that it could handle for three quarters a week ago before falling to the talented Miners and according to Elkins, that strong effort carried over into the tilt with the Wildcats.
Roberts had two touchdowns called back when penalties negated a 68-yard run and a 70-yard punt return. Early in the third quarter, Tanner Halstead picked up a fumble and returned it 29 yards for a score to round out the Skyhawks scoring effort.
“Obviously, I was pleased with the results and the effort,” said Elkins. “We were just happy with the way our guys handled themselves. We feel like our kids are preparing well and we look to continue building that kind of culture so that not just today, but down the road we’ll be in pretty good shape.” Nitro (1-8) suffered its eighth straight setback after winning its opener over Poca. Scott will host Logan (4-5) on Friday.
The Wildcats defeated winless Oak Hill 50-20 on Oct. 28.
Phil Perry is a freelance reporter for Civitas Media. He can be contacted at 304-369-1165.