GEORGETOWN — Scott County's football team was floundering in a bad dream when it trailed Henry Clay after one quarter in the Class 6A playoffs on Friday night.
The Cardinals had three turnovers in their first three possessions, and were behind for the first time since they got waxed by Highlands in late August.
No. 4 Scott County shook out of its slumber in a big way, however, and humbled Henry Clay 70-7, its 14th victory in a row over Lexington competition.
The Cards (11-1) advance to play Simon Kenton in the third round next Friday.
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Scott County Coach Jim McKee wasn't concerned about his team's early mistakes.
"We just worry about the end result," he said. "Our goal is to play each snap and the scoreboard will take care of itself. Once we got settled down, I think we scored every time we had the ball."
Senior running back Dierrieus Dumphord, who rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns, wasn't worried, either. "We knew what we were going to do; we knew we'd come back."
Scott County, which routed Henry Clay 69-34 a month ago, trailed 7-0 in the rematch after Henry Clay quarterback Sammy Carter hit Elijah Bell with a 21-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter.
The Cards, meanwhile, were struggling. Sophomore Clay McKee, the coach's son, had two passes picked off by the Devils' D.J. Jackson, and lost a fumble in the first seven minutes.
"I made some terrible decisions," McKee said. "But when you play quarterback, you have to have a short memory. I just tried to let them go and kept playing."
Jim McKee liked the way his son bounced back.
"This was his first second-round playoff game, and he looked like a 10th-grader for a little while, but once he settled down I thought he played great."
McKee completed five of eight passes for 134 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to Scott Daniel.
Scott County piled up 569 yards, including 435 on the ground. Dumphord led the rushing attack with his bruising style.
"He really pounded it up the middle," Clay McKee said. "He's the hardest runner in the state, no doubt."
Hunter Nelson rushed for 91 yards and two TDs, and Kevo Edwards had 89 yards.
Scott County's defense was terrific, too.
It held Henry Clay to 134 yards, and limited Blue Devils' star Elijah Bell to just 41 yards on 10 carries.
Jervon Christopher, Austin Crank and Damon Gray led the Cards in tackles. Darrell Gray returned an interception 33 yards for a score.
Scott County, which was state runner-up last year, hopes to take another step next week toward returning to the championship game.
"Our goal is simple," Jim McKee said. "We want to be the premier football program in central Kentucky.
"We're thrilled to be in the region finals for the fifth year in a row."
Henry Clay 7 0 0 0—7
Scott County 0 21 35 14—70
HC--Elijah Bell 21 pass from Sammy Carter (Taylor Dunbar kick). SC--Clay McKee 1 run (Palmer Ward kick). SC--Dierrius Dumphord 23 run (Ward kick). SC--Scott Daniel 10 pass from McKee (Ward kick). SC--Dumphord 6 run (Ward kick). SC--Dumphord 5 run (Ward kick). SC--Hunter Nelson 49 run (Ward kick). SC--Kevin Clausen 5 run (Ward kick). SC--Nelson 7 run (Ward kick). SC--Darrell Gray 33 interception return (Ward kick). SC--Keith Guy 47 run (Ward kick).
Records--Henry Clay 5-7; Scott County 11-1