Defending Class 6A champion Scott County opened the season with a 42-38 victory over Lafayette in the nightcap of a Saturday double-header at Tates Creek.
But the Cardinals were anything but jubilant after their 21st consecutive win over a Lexington team.
Grayson Miller, a senior receiver/safety who has committed to Michigan State, hurt his ankle in the game's opening minutes. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Scott County Coach Jim McKee said Miller will need ankle surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
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McKee said when he went onto the field to check on Miller, he knew immediately it was bad news.
"I didn't coach the rest of the game," McKee said. "I just stood there. I was just sick about Grayson.
"I've been coaching 23 years, and he had worked harder in the preseason than any kid I've ever coached. All the extra work he did with Clay, they were going to be a dynamic duo this year."
Clay McKee, the coach's son, is Scott County's quarterback.
"I was amazed that our kids were able to hang in there and play as well as they did," Jim McKee said.
Scott County led 42-38 with 3:24 left when the game, being played in heavy rain, was halted because of lightning. After almost 45 minutes and after much discussion among game and school representatives, and with no end in sight to the bad weather, the game was called.
Lafayette Coach Eric Shaw was disappointed his team didn't get a chance to pull the upset in the final minutes.
When the game was called at 11:50 p.m, Shaw took his team back onto the field in the pouring rain. After he talked to them, 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 McKee was 4-for-4 passing for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Clark Griffith.
The Cards rushed for 342 yards, led by junior Keith Guy's 141 yards and Theo Price's 80 yards. Each had a TD. Sophomore fullback Jacob Burton had two short TD runs.
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 ran for 87 yards and two TDs.
Wood's second TD 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' on-side kick 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 Co. 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). SC—Keith Guy 50 run (Dummer kick). L—Wood 1 run (run failed). L—Malik Robinson 24 run (pass failed).
Records: Scott County 1-0; Lafayette 0-1