FALLING ROCK — A horrible first quarter was the beginning of a long night for the Scott Skyhawks football team in its season opener against the Herbert Hoover Huskies.
On the Huskies first play on offense, Triston Hager ran 64 yards for a touchdown. Then Scott fumbled its first play and the Huskies scored again quickley to go up, 13-0.
Scott had one good drive in the first quarter but turned the ball over on downs after getting inside the Huskies’ 10 yard line.
By the time the first quarter was over, the Skyhawks were down, 20-0.
Penalties hurt the Skyhawks in the second quarter, but the defense played pretty well behind the outstanding play of Cody Loftus. In the second quarter Scott’s Josh Kirkendoll came up with a big sack on defense. Scott’s defensive interior line played well the entire quarter.
A Herbert Hoover (1-0) field goal near the end of the second quarter put the Huskies up, 23-0. Scott then fumbled a punt attempt in its own end zone and a safety was called on the play, giving the Huskies a 25-0 lead at the half.
With 10:44 in the third, the Skyhawks (0-1) Austin Mitchell scored on a 49-yard run to cut Scott’s deficit to 19. Mitchell completed 4 of 6 passes for 27 yards and one interception, while running for another 79 yards and a score on nine carries to lead the Scott offense.
The Huskies answered with a seven-play, 55-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 20-yard touchdown run to go up, 32-6.
A holding penalty cost Scott a touchdown with 6:44 left in the third quarter. Scott drew 10 flags for 75 yards.
The third quarter ended with the Huskies on top, 32-6.
With around nine minutes left in the game, the Chase Stover for Herbert Hoover converted a 17 yard touchdown to give the Huskies a comfortable 39-6 lead.
Scott’s Connor White had a nice 13 yard run with five minutes to go in the game. Then Skyhawks’ Andrew Prince converted Scott’s final touchdown, bursting into the end zone on a 15-yard run.
The final score was Herbert Hoover 39, Scott 12.
The Hoover defense held Scott to 195 total yards and forced four fumbles and two interceptions.
“We have to figure out, offensively, how to find some weapons to move the football,” Scott coach Shane Griffith told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “We have to figure out, defensively, how to stop possessions, and we just have a lot to work on. We graduated 22 seniors, so, we’ll figure it out. We always do.”
“There’s always penalties in week one, but we just got beat,” Griffith said. “We’ve got to grow up, figure out what we’re going to do to move forward.”
Scott plays its home opener at Skyhawk Field on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. against Class AAA Lincoln County.
Team 1 2 3 4 — T
Scott 0 0 6 6 — 12
Herbert Hoover 20 5 7 7 — 39
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