Scott County has Lexington's number in football.
And it's a big number: 52.
That's how many points the Cardinals have averaged in 15 consecutive victories over Lexington competition since 2010, including a 56-22 thumping of Lafayette on Friday night at Tates Creek.
Jim McKee touts his Cards as the best Class 6A public school program in Kentucky, and they look it when they play Fayette County teams.
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Despite graduating their top three running backs off last year's state semifinal team, the Cards looked like they were playing with a stacked deck against Lafayette.
Scott Daniel, the Cards' ace do-it-all performer (mainly receiver, kick returner and safety) lined up to take the first snap of the game and raced 66 yards up the middle to set up the first touchdown.
The new backs in Scott County's ground-oriented attack — Noah Hughes, Theo Price and Keith Guy — each had a TD in the first six minutes.
McKee liked his team's up-tempo style the best.
"I think we play fast. We play fast on offense. We play fast on defense. We play fast in the kicking game," he said.
"We're not in good enough shape yet to play fast the whole game, but we'll keep working on that."
Scott County led 28-0 before Lafayette steadied itself and scored on sophomore quarterback Clay Bolin's 12-yard pass to Walker Wood.
But the Generals hadn't caught their breath before Daniel returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a TD.
Scott County led 42-16 at halftime, then rang up two quick scores in the third quarter, one coming on a rare pass (26 yards from Clay McKee to Clark Griffith).
That made it 56-16, and that meant the mercy rule — a running clock — kicked in. Last year, the mercy-rule margin was 45 points, but it was lowered to 36 this season.
Scott County wound up with 303 rushing yards. Guy had 80, Price 76 and Hughes 45. Daniel had 72 yards on just two carries. The Cards were without fullback Kevin Claussen, whom McKee said will be in the starting lineup when he's healthy.
Lafayette racked up 385 yards despite the lopsided score. Bolin completed 13 of 31 passes for 186 yards and two TDs. Johnny Fangmeyer threw for 59 yards.
Malik Robinson ripped off an 80-yard TD run to highlight the Generals' run game. He finished with 114 yards on nine carries.
Scott County kept Lafayette star Kylan Nelson in check, limiting him to 20 yards on six touches. Nelson led Lafayette's defense with eight tackles.
First-year Generals coach Eric Shaw thought Scott County's speed in all phases of the game caught his young team on its heels at times.
"That speed and that tempo was very effective because we're so young," Shaw said. "But that's a teaching moment for us about how fast we need to go."
Shaw liked his team's "attitude of never giving up.
"We knew we'd take some lumps early this season, but we did a lot of good things tonight, and we did some young things that we can fix."
Scott Co. 56, Lafayette 22
Scott County 28 14 14 0—56
Lafayette 0 16 6 0—22
SC—Noah Hughes 1 run (Palmer Ward kick). SC—Theo Price 23 run (Ward kick). SC--Keith Guy 14 run (Ward kick). SC—Hughes 5 run (Ward kick). L—Walker Wood 12 pass from Clay Bolin (kick blocked). SC—Scott Daniel 92 kickoff return (Ward kick). L—Bolin 1 run (William Wester kick). SC—Guy 3 run (Ward kick). L—Wester 25 field goal. SC—Hughes 3 run (Ward kick). SC—Clark Griffith 26 pass from Clay McKee (Ward kick). L—Malik Robinson 80 run (kick failed).
Records—Scott County 1-0; Lafayette 0-1.
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