High School Football

Cards have options and use them

GEORGETOWN — Scott County has more dangerous weapons than a game of Clue.

Pick your poison: the rope, the candlestick, the revolver, the knife.

Scott County used its entire arsenal to get the best of Tates Creek 32-14 on Friday night at Toyota Stadium.

"We've had years where it's just one or two players making most of the plays and if that be the case, we'd coach the heck out of that," Cardinals Coach Jim McKee said. "But right now we've got several guys that are good and we try to spread the wealth."

The Cardinals had four different players run for more than 35 yards — two run for more than 100.

Five different players caught passes from Tevin Buffin, including two for touchdowns.

It makes Scott County difficult to defend at times, especially for a relatively young Tates Creek group that had its two-game win streak snapped.

"It's not so much about who they have; it's what they do," said Rodney Byrd, assistant coach and defensive coordinator, who helped fill in for a sick Mike Harmon who coached from the press box. "What they do is sometimes hard to defend."

That's the goal, said both of the Cardinals' 100-plus yard rushers — Josh Walls, who had 110 yards and Marcus Hill, who had 109.

"There's no weakness in the backfield in this team," said Walls, who scored on a 2-yard scamper late in the game. "With that many weapons, they can't key on one guy. That's a great asset for an offense."

When Creek grabbed an 8-6 lead early, it was Hill that put Scott County ahead for good with his 12-yard run in the second quarter.

Hill came in averaging just 29.2 yards a game and he left for the locker room at halftime with 102 yards on the ground.

"The line did a great job blocking for me," he said. "I saw a lot of holes and when I did, I just ran right through them."

The Commodores kept it interesting early in the second half, pulling within five points on a Jontez Jones 10-yard run to make it 19-14.

Their drive was kept alive by a pass interference call that was hotly contested on the sideline by McKee.

"We kept fighting and when you keep fighting good things happen and that showed tonight," Walls said.

But in the end it didn't matter. The Cardinals would immediately answer with a 27-yard pass from Buffin to his wide open tight end J.T. True on a fourth-down play.

James Happy also caught a touchdown pass, a 32-yarder late in the first half. He led all receivers with 42 yards.

Buffin passed for exactly 100 yards in the win.

The Cardinals ended their scoring with Walls' 2-yard run set up by teammate Aaron Mudrak's interception.

They moved to 5-1 on the year. Their many weapons would like to make it 6-1 next week versus Bryan Station.

"We know can do great things this season if we keep playing together," Hill said.

Tates Creek. 8 0 6 0—14

Scott Co.. 6 13 0 13—32

SC—Brooks Barber 1 run (Jay Willmott kick failed); TC—Jamison Hardin 17 pass from Dee Christopher (Jacob Kadel run); SC—Marcus Hill 12 run (Tevin Buffin pass failed); SC—James Happy 32 pass from Buffin (Wilmott kick); TC—Jontez Jones 10 run (Myles Atkins kick failed); SC—J.T. True 27 pass from Buffin (Willmott kick); SC—Josh Walls 2 run (Willmott kick failed).

Records: Tates Creek 4-3, Scott Co. 5-1.

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