Prep Football: Scott County wins battle of the birds
George Rogers Clark High School junior Christian Cooke recovers a fumble that was shaken loose from a Scott County runner during the first half of Clark¿s 40-6 loss at Cardinal Stadium. (Photo by Bo Morris / September 22, 2012)
The Scott County running back rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 40-6 victory over George Rogers Clark Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.
Although Edwards didn’t match Bell’s 369-yard effort in the Cards’ 53-36 loss at Henry Clay a week ago, his presence was a difference-maker in the battle of the birds. He set the tone with 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half.
“They’re a quality football team,” Clark coach Steven Collins said of the Cardinals, ranked No. 3 in this week’s Class 6A prep football poll. “With their offense, you’ve got to be disciplined and you’ve got to read your keys. As soon as you start expanding and looking at other things, you’re going to get lost. You can’t give a good team like that a lot (early).”
Edwards had a hand in two of Scott County’s first three scores in the first half. Edwards rushed for 56 yards on the visiting Cards’ first possession, resulting in Dierries Dumphord’s 2-yard touchdown run. Edwards also had a 22-yard score and a 54-yard touchdown in the opening half as Scott County built a 19-0 advantage and led 26-0 at the half.
Scott County outgained the hosts 312-111 in the first half. The visiting Cardinals attained most of that yardage with 244 yards on the ground.
Clark’s biggest gain of the first half was Darian Skinner’s 40-yard strike to D’avon Marshall in the second quarter. C.D. Spight added 32 yards on four carries in the opening half. Spight was the top runner on offense for Clark with 74 yards on seven carries. Fullback Luke Sharrock contributed with 42 yards on 11 attempts. Marshall added a 32-yard run in the third quarter on a third-and-short.
Edwards struck again for the guests when he crossed the goal line on a 36-yard run to open the second half. The score by Edwards gave the guests a 33-0 advantage with 8:39 remaining in the third frame.
Clark’s Khamarkis Blanton sacked Scott County quarterback Clay McKee for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter.
The hosts prevented the shutout on Spight’s 5-yard run with 11:06 remaining. Darian Farris highlighted the successful drive with a 17-yard run. Farris finished with 34 yards.
Christian Cooke recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at the Scott County 31-yard line, but Clark turned the ball over on downs. The guests responded with a touchdown and 26 unanswered points in the first half.
In the second half, Clark’s defense got into a rhythm and limited the visitors to 135 total yards and two touchdowns during the final two quarters.
“We woke up a little bit after halftime again, but these kids, they play in spurts,” Collins said. “If we can get those good spurts going and the momentum the whole time (we’ll be OK). But, gosh I’m proud of them. It’s amazing the times we’ve come back. We had one turnover, tonight and that was on an interception, so we held onto the ball better. We blocked better and tackled better at times, but when you play somebody like that, they’re going to expose some weaknesses.
“We know the things that we’ve got to work on and we’re going to get there.”
Clark Co. 00 00 00 06 — 6
Scott Co. 13 13 07 07 — 40
SC — Dumphord 2-run (Ward Kick), 2:54
SC — Edwards 2-run (kick failed), 2:02
SC — Edwards 54-run (run failed), 8:10
SC — McKee 50-pass to Daniel (Ward kick), 1:02
SC — Edwards 36-run (Ward kick), 8:39
GRC — Spight 5-run (conversion failed), 11:06
SC — McKee 15-pass to Daniel (Ward kick), 8:21