For the eighth straight year, Scott County had an opportunity to claim a district crown on the gridiron. For the eighth straight year, the Cardinals did it.
The Cardinals crushed Frederick Douglass, 55-21, in the first meeting between central Kentucky’s biggest football power and the region’s newest program. With the win, Scott County assured itself of its eighth straight district title — and the No. 1 playoff seed that goes along with it — regardless of next week’s result at Paul Laurence Dunbar.
That level of consistency is something of which head coach Jim McKee is prouder than any other accomplishment the program has managed in his tenure.
“Not winning the state championship, not going to the state championship game, not the number of All-State players we’ve had,” McKee said. “It’s the longevity of the success of the program. Not for me, but for all of us.”
The Cardinals exchanged scores with the Broncos before taking command in the second quarter, scoring twice inside the final four minutes of the half to take a 42-21 lead into the lockerroom. Scott County shut out Frederick Douglas in the second half and held the Broncos to their lowest point total since they fell 36-0 in their season-opener at Danville.
Scott County, which is unbeaten against in-state competition, accumulated 567 total yards of offense, 379 of that coming on the ground. Austin Barnett and Brice Fryman each rushed for more than 100 yards; Barnett had 124 yards and five TDs while Fryman finished with 102 yards and a rushing TD.
Fryman also had a TD through the air, a somersault reception from Josh Davis into the end zone to help the Cards double up the Broncos right before halftime.
“You could tell that they were fast and physical,” Fryman said of facing Douglass. “We knew we had to bring it. It was nice.”
Davis finished 8-for-11 for 188 yards and two TDs.
“(Our) offense, I think it was probably clicking the best it has all season and in a long time,” Davis said.
Glenn Covington led Scott County with five catches for 96 yards. He scooped up a Cards fumble on offense and ran it into the end zone for a 39-yard recovery TD in the first half.
Covington also forced a fumble on defense and had an interception. He wasn’t satisfied with the Cards’ defensive effort overall, though. Douglass finished with 305 yards of total offense in the contest.
“We didn’t execute well on defense,” Covington said. “I wish we would’ve did better. But overall as a team, we stuck in the game.”
Quarterback Montaveon Bean led the Broncos (5-2) with 78 yards on 11 carries. He was 11-for-24 for 144 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.
Haiden Hunt responded to an early Scott County TD with a 94-yard kickoff return to even the game at 7-7 with nine minutes to play in the first quarter. Bean completed a 43-yard pass to Maliq Trigg to answer another Cards score and tie the game at 14-14 with 5:24 to play. Fryman scored on a 4-yard run with 2:11 left in the opening period to put Scott County ahead for good.