High School Football

Devils' speed leaves Cardinals reeling

Lightning isn't supposed to strike twice in the same place, but don't tell that to Scott County's football team.

Henry Clay's offense crackled with a pair of lightning-strike touchdowns in the second half to burn the Cardinals 21-7 in a showdown of top 20 teams Friday night.

Blake Green, a state track champion, raced 85 yards for a TD on the first play of the second half.

After Scott County pulled to within 14-7, the host Blue Devils flashed their outrageous speed again.

Backed up on its 5-yard line, Henry Clay went with a trick play. Vinny Miller, a sophomore with fleet feet himself, took a handoff on an end-around.

He obviously fooled Scott County when he pulled up at the line of scrimmage and threw a short pass to a wide-open Branden Johnson.

Johnson turned on his jets to complete the 95-yard score that left Scott County dazed.

"When you can outrun somebody, it's the best feeling in the world," Johnson said. "Scott County's a grind-it-out team, so we had to use our speed, and it was the difference."

Henry Clay's defense mixed muscle with quickness to get its job done.

"We were a stone wall in there," said defensive end Weston Johnson, who led the winners with 11 tackles. "They weren't going to run between us."

The eighth-ranked Devils used their speed to contain the corners and keep the Cards from breaking any big plays.

No. 15 Scott County, which ran for more than 340 yards in a win at Boone County last week, had only 125 on the ground against Henry Clay.

"We're quick reactors and quick readers," linebacker Aaron Akidil said.

Josh Walls ran for 70 yards, and Brooks Barber had 63 for Scott County.

Coach Jim McKee's Cards were forced to the air more than usual. Quarterback Tevin Buffin completed 11 of 25 passes for 134 yards, including a 17-yard TD to James Happy.

"They threw a little more than we thought they would, but they had to because they couldn't run on us," Akidil said.

Scott County dominated time of possession — 33 minutes to Henry Clay's 15 — but it wasn't reflected on the scoreboard.

Henry Clay's big-play offense totaled 394 yards, led by Green's 107 rushing.

Bo Brooks ran for 65 yards and quarterback Jerry Miller ran for 52, including a 35-yard TD in the first quarter.

Miller suffered a bruised Achilles tendon late in the first half and was done for the night. Coach Sam Simpson said he didn't think the injury was serious, but doctors will determine whether Miller can play against No. 7 Simon Kenton next week.

Shannon Coofer, a senior who took some snaps last season, played QB in the second half and did a solid job managing the position.

"We're a little banged up right now, and we've got a tough schedule ahead of us," Simpson said. "But it feels good to be 3-0."

Scott County 0 0 7 0— 7

Henry Clay 7 0 14 0—21

HC—Jerry Williams 35 run (A.J. Yewell kick). HC—Blake Green 85 run (Yewell kick). SC—James Happy 17 pass from Tevin Buffin (Jay Willmott kick). HC—Branden Johnson 95 pass from Vinny Miller (Yewell kick).

Records—Scott County 2-1; Henry Clay 3-0