MADISON — It was Homecoming; the fans were excited; and the Scott High School football team was battling for its playoff life at Scott Field.
In the end, though, the Skyhawks kept those hopes alive with a 35-20 win over visiting Westside. The game was closer than the final score appears.
Scott led after the first quarter, 7-6; but trailed at the half, 14-7. Scott cut the margin to 20-14 at the end of the third canto. The fourth quarter was all Scott, though, as the Hawks devastated the visitors, 21-0, to claim the 15-point win.
On a beautiful fall evening with floats and royalty seated near the field, the Skyhawks got the game started. For a moment, it appeared the Hawks had a big play on the opening kick but it was called back due to a penalty and Scott took over in their own territory. At the 10:34 mark, Cameron Loftus brought the ball to a first and ten at the 49.With Bo Jeffrey again quarterbacking the team and original starter Cody Brown back in the line-up, Westside was treated to a steady diet of Loftus and Triston Crone on the ground.
A Jeffrey pass to Cody Loftus was complete for a first down at the Westside 42. Three plays later, Jeffrey picked up the first down at the 26 on a keeper.
A perfect pass for Crone appeared to have caught Westside napping but Crone somehow missed the throw. At 7:29, Jeffrey kept for another first down at the 11. A first-and-goal followed at the one.
Thirteen seconds later, Crone ran in from the one and the Hawks were on the board first. Dezmond Cordero-Lopez’s extra-point kick was good.
The teams exchanged the ball with little offense until Westside took over on downs with 1:46 left at their own 48-yard-line. Two plays later, a wide-open Mike Mullens went in for a 47-yard score to cut the lead to 7-6. The two-points conversion pass attempt was no good.
Scott could get nothing going at the end of the first period and, with 11:22 twinkling in the second, Cordero-Lopez lined up to punt. The teams again exchanged possessions without offensive success.
A steady diet of Mullens and Brice Robinson running the ball highlighted Westside’s next possession but they were eventually forced to punt. Garrett Roberts brought Scott to a first down at the Scott 43.
Then, with just 38.3 seconds left, Dalton McComas intercepted a pass, setting Westside up with a first-and-ten at the Scott 38. With 7.2 seconds twinkling, a Larry Cook pass up the right side to a wide-open Mullens brought a Westside score, making it 12-7. The two-points conversion pass from Cook to Robinson was good and it was 14-7.
The third period was another defensive battle with no scoring until the 4:42 mark when it looked like Westside might take all the wind out of the Skyhawk tails. Justin Cogar scampered in from two yards out to make it 20-7. The two-points conversion try was no good.
Just over a minute later, though, Jeffrey brought the Hawk fans and players back into the game with an eight-yard run. The extra-point kick by Cordero-Lopez was good and it was 20-14 with 2:51 remaining in the third.
The fourth quarter, fortunately, belonged to the home team. With just 25 seconds gone, Jeffrey ran in from three yards out and it was 20-20. Cordero-Lopez’s kick put Scott on top, 21-20.
With 4:55 to go in the game, Cameron Loftus ran one in from 39 yards out to give the Hawks some cushion, 27-20. Cordero-Lopez again delivered the extra point kick.
The final score came with 2:11 remaining when Loftus ran in from 63 yards out. The extra-point kick by Cordero-Lopez was good and the 35-20 win was in the bank.
On offense, Westside ran 53 plays for 180 yards while Scott ran 64 for 351. Passing, the Hawks were 11-of-19 for 97 yards while Westside was five-of-15 for 62. Scott had 254 yards on the ground while Westside managed just 118.
This week, the big showdown game with Wayne is scheduled Friday evening at Wayne. The Cardinal Conference foes always provide great entertainment and the Hawks are still battling to assure playoff viability. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.