MADISON — It was “Senior Night” as the Skyhawks hosted the Tolsia Rebels Friday night.
The undefeated Class AA fourth ranked Rebels (7-0) got out to an early lead after scoring on the second play of the game and never looked back in its 34-16 victory over the Skyhawks (2-6).
Penalties and turnovers hurt the Skyhawks in the first half. Tolisa was able to build a 20-0 first half lead behind a strong running attack.
Scott head coach Shane Griffith installed a wrinkle this week in the Skyhawks’ offense with junior runningback Garrett Roberts lining up in “wildcat” formation to run and pass the ball.
Skyhawks quarterback Austin “Bubba” Mitchell lined up at runningback for several snaps and ran for two touchdowns in the second half.
Tolsia took a 34-0 lead into the fourth quarter, but it was all Skyhawks in the final period.
With 4:43 on a fourth quarter clock, Mitchell scampered in on a 21-yard touchdown run. Roberts ran in the 2-point conversion for the Skyhawks to cut the lead to 34-7.
Tolsia fumbled and Scott’s Nathan Ramsey picked up the ball and ran over 40 yards for a touchdown, but holding was called on the fumble return and the touchdown didn’t count. Ramsey played a good game on both sides of the ball for the Skyhawks and also recorded a defensive interception for Scott.
With 1:21 left in the game, Mitchell scored his second touchdown on a 24-yard run. Cody Loftus converted the 2-point run for Scott and the score was Tolsia 34, Scott 16. Tolsia took over and ran out the clock.
Prior to kickoff former Scott teacher Patricia Harper was remembered as she lost her battle to cancer over the weekend. Fans wore “NANASTRONG” shirts and gold clothing to honor Mrs. Harper.
The shirts are being sold by the Julia Price Breast Cancer Foundation and the proceeds go to help area cancer victims.
You can obtain a #NANASTRONG shirt by contacting Amanda at Ferrell & Hill Insurance Agency in Madison by calling 304-369-1111.
Next week, the Skyhawks go on the road and travel to play Mingo Central High School in another Cardinal Conference matchup on Friday, Oct. 23, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Fred Pace is an editor for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165, ext. 1661, in Madison; at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 in Logan; by email at email@example.com or @fcpace62 on Twitter.