CANNONSBURG Boyd County had a 14-7 lead on visiting Scott on Friday night, and the Eagles were upset.
So ticked, they started arguing among themselves. Unfortunately for the Lions, Scott settled down, scored 47 unanswered points and breezed to a 54-26 running-clock win at Tom Scott Field.
“I was just upset with the way were playing because I know the stuff we were doing, we were better than that,” Scott senior running back Quincy Perrin said. “Everybody was fighting and arguing, and we’re just, like, ‘Guys, we need to play together.’ When we play together, not a lot of people can stop us.”
Eagles coach Eric Turner sensed his team’s angst, and he brought the defense aside.
“We got the defense over there and talked to them about, this ain’t us, we’ve seen this before, so we’ve got to get our minds right,” Turner said.
Once Scott (6-2, 3-0 Class 4A, District 6) settled down, the Eagles also unleashed a balanced – and bounteous – offense.
There were the 268 rushing yards. Perrin ran 15 times for 183 of them and two touchdowns.
“He’s a tough guy,” Boyd County coach Evan Ferguson said. “You can’t tackle him up high.”
There was passing. Sophomore Gus Howlett threw for 117, and he hit Jackson Hardin for 17- and 47-yard touchdowns.
Finally, there was defense. The Eagles held Boyd County to 70 passing yards, intercepted two Logan Lunsford passes and recovered a fumble.
Boyd County (1-7, 0-3) did not lack for offense. Joe Lusby ran 22 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Jacob Kelley needed just 11 carries to amass another 101, which included a 50-yarder late in the fourth quarter.
If Friday’s first quarter wasn’t Boyd County’s best 12 minutes this season, it should be in the conversation.
On the Lions’ second possession, Lunsford, who started under center for the first time in four games, hit Dayne Lawson with two passes for 25 yards. Two plays later, Lusby ran for 31 and the score.
Scott rebounded. Perrin’s four carries for 50 yards and Hardin’s two for 17 put the Eagles ahead, 7-6.
A horsecollar tackle penalty on the ensuing kickoff gave Boyd County the ball at its 39. Lusby’s 11-yard run eventually gave the Lions their last lead, 14-7, with 2:02 left in the first stanza.
“I thought we were finally playing football the way we want to play here at Boyd County,” Ferguson said. “I was very proud of our start.”
The beginning of Scott’s surge began just eight seconds into the second quarter with Howlett-to-Hardin for 17 yards and a 14-14 tie. It continued when the Eagles recovered Lusby’s fumble and Howlett’s 2-yard plunge.
By halftime, Scott led, 35-14, largely by capitalizing on two Boyd County mistakes: a low punt snap to Lusby, which became a Robert Pence 3-yard run; and Brennan Bowling’s interception, followed by Perrin’s 30-yard touchdown run.
SCOTT 7 28 19 0 — 54
BOYD CO. 14 0 0 12 — 26
BC-Joe Lusby 31 run (kick failed), 6:25
S-Jackson Hardin 4 run (Luke Iden kick), 3:55
BC-Lusby 11 run (Clayton Crum kick) 2:02
S-Hardin 17 pass from Gus Howlett (Iden kick), 11:52
S-Howlett 3 run (Iden kick), 10:36
S-Robert Pence 3 run (Iden kick), 8:09
S-Quincy Perrin 30 run (Iden kick), 5:20
S-Nigel Robinson 1 run (Iden kick), 10:32
S-Hardin 47 pass from Howlett (pass failed), 6:18
S-Perrin 12 run (run failed), 5:22
BC-Jacob Kelley 3 run (run failed), 8:04
BC-Kelley 50 run (pass failed), :25
First Downs 14 18
Rushes-Yards 31-268 37-221
Comp-Att-Int 6-10-0 8-15-2
Passing Yards 117 70
Punts 1-30.0 2-12.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-1
Penalties-Yards 12-126 10-86
Scott rushing: Perrin 15-183, Robinson 1-1, Pence 4-37, Hardin 2-17, Howlett 3-9, Weir 2-16, Hunter 1-4, 1-4, Hill 1-4, Hart 2-(minus-3).
Boyd Co. rushing: Lawson 1-1, Lusby 22-118, Kelley 11-101, Lunsford 3-1.
Scott passing: Howlett 6-10-117.
Boyd Co. passing: Lunsford 6-13-45.
Scott receiving: Patterson 1-22, Hardin 5-95.
Boyd Co. receiving: Lusby 4-24, Stamper 2-21, Lawson 2-25.