GEORGETOWN — A matchup between No.1 Scott County and No. 24 Bryan Station turned out to be no matchup at all Friday night.
The undefeated Cardinals had their way in the Class 6A region semifinals at Georgetown College, rolling to a 55-7 victory.
Scott County (12-0) will play Henry Clay, a 28-13 winner over Dunbar, in next weekend's region finals.
"I felt we played well in all three phases of the game, and the kids on our team have a lot of playoff experience," Coach Jim McKee said. "We're very fortunate. This will be our sixth straight regional final, so our kids have been in this situation a lot, and I think they really played well tonight."
The Cardinals, who beat Bryan Station 70-30 last month, controlled from the outset Friday.
Scott County took the opening kickoff, marched downfield for a 7-0 lead, and was on top 41-0 with a running clock by halftime.
Along the way, Bryan Station (5-6) lost starting quarterback Ora "Bo" Johnson to an apparent sprained ankle when he was sacked on the last play of the first quarter.
"It hurts," Defenders Coach Frank Parks said of losing Johnson. "He gets pretty much most of the reps on offense. He's also the punter for us, so that's two birds with one stone right there. When he came out, our offense kind of deflated a little bit."
Cards quarterback Clay McKee threw 27 yards to Keith Guy for the first score of the game, and later found Clark Griffith for a 35-yarder and Grayson Miller for a 12-yarder.
Clay McKee, son of the coach, also scored on a 1-yard run.
"Tonight felt great," Clay McKee said. "Obviously it was a great team win. It was great to come out here and hold them to seven points. Our defense did a great job."
Scott County's other first-half scores came on runs of 18 and 4 yards by Kevin Claussen.
The closest Bryan Station came to scoring in the first half was midway through the first quarter when the Defenders reached the Scott 18.
Going for it on third-and-nine from the 20, a poor snap got away from Johnson and resulted in a 21-yard loss.
That play and a couple of blown pass coverages killed the Defenders' chances in a hurry.
"You just can't make those mistakes against a great football team like that," Parks said.
Scott County outgained Bryan Station 251 yards to 17 in the half and 361-118 for the game. Claussen ran 22 times for 137 first-half yards, while McKee completed three of four passes for 74 yards.
Substitutes took over in the second half.
Bryan Station spoiled the shutout when K-Ci Carmichael scored on a 1-yard run with 8:07 left.
Scott County sandwiched touchdowns around Carmichael's score, though, getting a 1-yard run by Noah Hughes and a 4-yarder by Eric Abney.
Thomas Daniel led Scott County tacklers with five, including two for losses, while Triston Mosley was credited with 3½ . Bryan Station's Devon Key was in on 10 tackles.
The Cards can't help but remember last year, when they lost in the State semifinals to eventual champion Trinity. This time, they intend to win it all.
"We're so lucky to be in our sixth straight regional final at home next week, and we plan to keep on taking care of business," Clay McKee said. "We're really driven. Everybody on this team is so hungry, it's unbelievable."
ScotT co. 55, bryan station 7
Bryan Station 0 0 0 7— 7
Scott County 13 28 7 7—55
SC—Keith Guy 27 pass from Clay McKee (Palmer Ward kick); SC—Kevin Claussen 18 run (kick failed); SC—Claussen 4 run (Ward kick); SC—McKee 1 run (Ward kick); SC—Clark Griffith 35 pass from McKee (Ward kick); SC—Grayson Miller 12 pass from McKee (Ward kick); SC—Noah Hughes 1 run (Ward kick); BS—K-Ci Carmichael 1 run (Anthony Lopez kick); SC—Eric Abney 4 run (Ward kick).
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