The second season of Frederick Douglass football is shaping up to be even better than the first.
Douglass defeated Scott County, 28-10, in its first home game against the Cardinals to improve to 8-0 and 2-0 in Class 6A, 7th District play on Friday night.
Damarco Fishback finished with 197 yards. The senior rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and had two catches for 30 yards.
“Damarco Fishback, what can you say about that guy?,” Douglass Coach Brian Landis said. “He put the team on his back. When we needed a big play, he made it time and time again. I’m proud of that kid.”
Dekel Crowdus, a sophomore who’s been offered by the University of Kentucky, caught a 16-yard pass to get Douglass on the board first with 7:23 left in the second quarter. Scott County quickly answered with a five-play drive capped by an Austin Barnett TD run to tie things at 7-all. Fishback scored his first TD about three minutes later and Douglass took a 14-7 lead into the locker room.
Haiden Hunt went 77 yards for a TD to push Douglass’ lead to 21-7 with eight minutes and change left in the game. Devin Neal rushed for a 10-yard TD to seal the deal with 3:26 to play.
Scott County’s Josh Giese converted a 37-yard field goal attempt with eight seconds left in the game.
“Hats off to the team up north. They’re well-coached, they’re physical, but tonight we were just the better team,” Landis said. “They did a great job. Our kids, we’ve been working on it a long, long time. And our kids executed. Last year we didn’t execute.”
Douglass finished 10-3 in its inaugural campaign. Two of its losses were blowouts at Scott County, including a 45-13 defeat in the region finals.
Barnett rushed for 116 yards on 27 carries to lead the Cardinals. Bronson Brown finished just shy of a three-digit night at 95 yards on 14 rushes.
Scott County (5-3) lost for the third time in the last four weeks and for the second week in a row to a Lexington team. Henry Clay stunned the Cardinals in Georgetown last week.
“About 50 people asked me during the week, ‘What happened last Friday? What happened?’ You know, nothing happened. We got beat,” Scott County Coach Jim McKee said. “ ... They played great, and we lost to a good football team. And we lost to a good football team tonight. Those guys played really well.”
The outcome for Douglass, which is off next week, potentially sets up a massive showdown with Henry Clay in two weeks. The Blue Devils have to get by Bryan Station (0-7 after Thursday’s loss to No. 1 Male) next week, but if they do it would set up a winner-take-all scenario for the 7th District and city bragging rights at Henry Clay on Oct. 19.
“It’s a huge win. I think we shocked a lot of people but to us, we just did what we normally do and we came out with the dub,” Fishback said. “We just executed better than they did and that’s what it came down to. ... We’re not going nowhere. At all.”