Class 6A semifinals: Stingy Male faces squirrelly Scott Co.

mfields@herald-leader.comNovember 28, 2013 

Henry Clay's Sydney Hugle worked to force Scott County's Theo Price out of bounds during the 6A Regional Final in Georgetown. Price has racked up 1,093 yards and 21 touchdowns.


One of the first things Male Coach Chris Wolfe did after he found out his team would be playing Scott County in the Class 6A semifinals this week was reacquaint himself with the Cardinals' Wing-T.

Male beat Scott County 28-12 in the 2010 semifinals, so Wolfe dug out the video of that game and gave it a look.

"I was just interested to see how the flow of the game went, and see how different (Scott County Coach Jim McKee) is doing things now," Wolfe said.

McKee laughed when he heard about Wolfe's video scouting. "Tell him he knows how to defend the Wing-T. Heck, if I had all his defensive players, I could defend the Cincinnati Bengals!"

Besides, it's no picnic trying to stop Male's quick-pass attack. It's been devastatingly effective, most recently in a 31-7 semifinal victory over three-time defending champ Trinity last week.

McKee compared it to Hal Mumme's quick, short-pass offense at UK when Tim Couch was the triggerman.

"Male's quarterback (Davis Mattingly) is extremely accurate. He can hit those backs, those screens, those checkdowns, and never miss," McKee said.

Mattingly has thrown for 2,980 yards and 27 touchdowns. Marque Northington, who had a state-record 27 catches against St. Xavier two weeks ago, has 101 receptions for 818 yards on the season. Keion Wakefield, a sophomore star who already has an offer from UK, has 38 catches for 874 yards.

Ellis Cain is a threat at running back. He's rushed for 1,331 yards and 18 TDs.

McKee described Male's defense as "very aggressive and they like to blitz."

Wolfe hopes his Bulldogs can adjust to the Wing-T from what they've seen the past two weeks. St. X ran a pro-style offense with huge linemen. Trinity had a spread attack with a fast, mobile quarterback in Reggie Bonnafon.

Now comes Scott County, with its misdirection ground game featuring Keith Guy (1,093 yards, 12 TDs), Theo Price (1,075 yards, 21 TDs) and Kevin Claussen (833 yards, 12 TDs).

If the defense loads up the box, quarterback Clay McKee can make it pay. He's thrown for 1,079 yards and 23 TDs.

Scott Daniel, the Cards' versatile star, came back from a leg injury to see spot action last week against Henry Clay. McKee said he will play against Male, but not on defense.

Scott County is rated No. 1 in the state, and Wolfe has no argument with that. In fact, he likes the Bulldogs as underdogs. "Locally we haven't been favored the past two weeks against St. X and Trinity," he said. "There's no reason to change that now."

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