CLARKSBURG — A bleak Scott High football season got even darker Friday evening as the Skyhawks fell, 34-13, to powerhouse Robert C. Byrd in Clarksburg. The loss dropped the Hawks to 3-6 on the 2013 season and assured Coach Shane Griffith’s squad of a losing campaign with just one game remaining on the schedule.
Scott actually led, 7-6, at the end of the first quarter and was tied with RCB at 13-13 at the half. But 21 unanswered points, 14 coming in the third period and seven in the fourth, accounted for the margin of victory.
The Eagles dominated the entire second half of action, after the Hawks made the long trip from Madison to North Central West Virginia.
Robert C. Byrd got on the board first, when Juwan Jones-Wright ran one in from eight yards out with 7:52 on the first period clock. Zach Messersmith’s extra-point kick was no good and the Eagles led, 6-0.
It took just over two minutes for Scott to come roaring back. A Bo Jeffrey pass to Codie Harvey was good for a 61-yard touchdown to tie the game. Dezmond Cordero-Lopez’s extra-point kick was good and Scott led, 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
With 5:04 showing in the first half, RCB went up when Jones-Wright went in from six yards out. Messersmith’s kick was good this time and it was 13-7.
As the clock ticked down on the first half, Scott mounted another scoring drive. This time it culminated in a one-yard Jeffrey run with just 37 seconds twinkling on the clock. Cordero-Lopez’s kick was blocked this time and the teams went to the locker rooms knotted at 13-13.
At the 6:36 mark of the third period, Grant ran in with a five-yard touchdown score to put RCB ahead for good, 19-13. Messersmith tacked on the extra point and it was 20-13.
Two minutes and 27 seconds later, RCB put the game on ice with an 18-yard Ben D’Annuzio run. Messersmith’s toe was again accurate and the home team led, 27-13.
The Eagles put the icing on the cake with 8:35 left in the game when Marino completed a 23-yard pass to Julian Malfrageot for a touchdown. Messersmith’s kick was good and the final margin of 34-13 was secure.
Overall, RCB had 388 yards of offense to just 179 for Scott. Of that, 170 of Scott’s came through the air with nine on the ground. RCB picked up 51 yards passing and 337 on the ground.
Scott suffered eight penalties for 70 yards while RCB was whistled six times for 55 yards.
Scott turned the ball over four times with RCB giving it up three. Three of Scott’s turnovers were on interceptions.
Robert C. Byrd picked up 18 first downs on the night while Scott managed just eight.
Jeffrey was 12-of-24 passing for the 170 yards. Cameron Lofus led the Scott rushing, picking up 15 yards on ten carries. Harvey topped the Hawk receiving corps, with 113 yards on four catches.
Freshman Garrett Roberts returned four kickoffs for 55 yards.
Jones-Wright rushed for 212 yards, including touchdown runs of nine and six yards to lead Robert C. Byrd.
Scott travels to Logan this Friday evening to close out the year. The game at the island at Logan High is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.