Defending Class 6A champion Scott County opened the season with a 42-38 victory over Lafayette in the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader at Tates Creek.
But the Cardinals were anything but jubilant after their 21st consecutive win over a Lexington team.
Scott County senior Grayson Miller, a receiver/safety who has committed to Michigan State, hurt his ankle on the first series of the game while playing defense. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Coach Jim McKee said Miller will need ankle surgery and miss the rest of the season.
“We have a heavy heart,” a somber McKee said. “That’s my only comment.”
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Scott County led 42-38 with 3:24 left when the game, being played in heavy rain, was halted because of lightning. After waiting almost 45 minutes, and after much discussion, the game was called.
Lafayette Coach Eric Shaw was disappointed his team didn’t get to play it out and try to pull off a late-miracle victory.
After the game was called at 11:50 p.m., Shaw took his team back on the field in the pouring rain. He talked to them and they cheered their own effort.
“In my spirit and in my heart, we won the game,” Shaw said. “Regardless of what the score says, my kids won the game because they continued to fight and fight and fight.
“This should make them very, very hungry. We’ll just work on getting better.”
Scott County senior quarterback Clay McKee was 4-for-4 passing for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Clark Griffith.
Junior running back Keith Guy led the ground attack by rushing for 141 yards and a TD. Senior Theo Price ran for 80 yards and one TD.
The Cards rushed for 342 yards.
Lafayette, which lost to Scott County 56-22 in last year’s opener, showed plenty of fight.
Sophomore quarterback Walker Wood threw three TD passes to Lucky Jackson, one of them a 90-yard catch-and-run. Wood also scored twice on quarterback sneaks.
Wood’s second TD sneak cut Scott County’s lead to 42-32. Lafayette failed on a two-point conversion try.
Lafayette got to within one score of the Cards on Malik Robinson’s 24-yard TD run with 4:14 left.
The Generals’ onside kickoff went out of bounds, and Scott County took possession. It had the ball at the Lafayette 44 when officials suspended play because of lightning.
Wood completed 10 of 17 passes for 213 yards and three TDs.
Jackson, who has committed to WKU, had five catches for 167 yards and three TDs.
DeVon Quincy, who has also committed to WKU, led the Generals with six tackles. Mason Alstatt had 5.5.
Scott County 42, Lafayette 38
Scott County 21 14 7 0 — 42
Lafayette 12 6 14 6 — 38
SC–Theo Price 6 run (Tyler Dummer kick). L–Walker Wood 2 run (run failed). SC–Clark Griffith 29 pass from Clay McKee (Dummer kick). L–Lucky Jackson 90 pass from Wood (run failed). SC–Jacob Burton 2 run (Dummer kick). SC–Jacob Burton 5 run (Dummer kick). SC–Griffith 21 pass from McKee (Dummer kick). L–Jackson 35 pass from Wood (pass failed). L–Jackson 5 pass from Wood (Malik Robinson run). SC–Keith Guy 50 run (Dummer kick). L–Wood 1 run (run failed). L–Robinson 24 run (pass failed).
Records–Scott County 1-0, Lafayette 0-1.