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Cardinals Fly to Another High Scoring Victory
by Ben Tompkins,posted Oct 19 2013 2:03PM
Head Coach Jim McKee and his Cardinals notched their eighth win of the season to remain undefeated as Scott County defeated the Defenders of Bryan Station Friday night, 70-30.
Capping back-to-back weeks in which the Cardinals offense hung 70 on their opponent, their wing t attack was firing on all cylinders under the Friday night lights of Toyota Field at Georgetown College.
It was Bryan Station who lit the scoreboard first, though, when Ora Johnson hit receiver Lavelle Cloyd on an eight-yard toss to take the early 6-0 lead after a blocked extra point attempt.
Then, on the ensuing kickoff, defensive back Jordan McKeehan hit a hole for 98 yards as he outran the Bryan Station kickoff coverage to begin the rout that would follow.
McKeehan, who was dubbed player of the game by our Game Night Hoo Rah broadcasters, would additionally go on to block a punt for a safety and intercept a poorly thrown pass from Johnson later in the game.
Both teams struggled to find a groove in the first quarter until fullback Kevin Claussen awoke the sleeping beast that is the Cardinals’ wing t attack.
After Claussen’s 10-yard blast, the Cards would jump to a 27-6 lead before Bryan Station could generate any kind of response.
That response came as Johnson found Cloyd once again for a two-yard dump, setting the score at 27-12.
As a few minutes ran off the clock and Theo Price found the endzone on a three-yard run for the Scott County score, Bryan Station quickly exchanged blows with an 80-yard catch and run by CJ Walker to make it a 34-18 deficit at halftime.
Once the third quarter hit, the Defenders did everything but. Scott County would go on to score four more touchdowns and a safety before Coach McKee pulled his starters with two minutes left until the fourth quarter.
With a running clock and his backups in the game, McKee was able to dial up another score when sophomore Dylan Scott bolted 28 yards to the pylon.
Leading all 6A teams in Kentucky, Scott County’s rushing attack would combine for a total of 482 yards and seven scores before the night was over.
Theo Price picked up 185 yards and three scores on 17 carries, grinder Kevin Claussen also had a trio of touchdowns as he rushed his way to 128 yards on 19 tries and Keith Guy dashed for 125 yards on nine rushes, but was held scoreless.
On the other sideline, the second ranked passing attack in Kentucky was led by Ora Johnson’s 347 yards and four touchdowns, but it was the Defenders’ defense that was unable to keep up with the punishing ground game of Scott County.
With only two games left on their schedule and perennial 6A powerhouse Trinity falling to Male on Friday night, Coach McKee and his 8-0 Cardinals are looking like a safe bet to fly through the playoffs and land safely in the state championship game.
The Cardinals and the Commodores are currently in a rebuilding phase, and in this contest the Cardinals may be a little more advanced. Keep an eye on both of these programs as they will progress greatly in the years to come!