GEORGETOWN — Talk about bustin' a move. Henry Clay's Bo Brooks and Anthony Mealy made dazzling touchdown plays in the closing minutes Friday night to rally the Blue Devils to a 31-20 victory over Scott County.
After the host Cardinals took a 20-17 lead on Jay Willmott's 20-yard field goal with 3:34 left, Henry Clay didn't blink.
"When they were lining up for that field goal, we said we were going to get the ball back and go right down the field and win this thing," Devils Coach Sam Simpson said.
Thanks to Brooks and Mealy, they did just that.
Henry Clay quarterback Jerry Williams threw a quick screen to Brooks, who broke a couple of tackles, found some daylight and weaved his way 69 yards for the TD to regain the lead for the Devils.
"Big-time players make big-time plays," Brooks said. "My team needed me. My O-line set me up, and I did what I had to do, whether it was zig-zagging or going straight."
Williams, who makes a habit of breaking off big plays himself, said he gained a new respect for Brooks' footwork.
"We always talk about how Bo ain't got the juke moves we do, but I take that back. He was amazing. He's got better juke moves than the rest of us. He hit the highlight stick with that one."
Up 24-20 with 2:30 left, Henry Clay still had to contend with Scott County trying to pull off a last-gasp rally.
The Cardinals drove from their own 36 to the Henry Clay 29 with time ticking away. That's when Mealy stepped up and picked off Ben Lawler's pass at the 11.
He said he thought about falling to the ground, "but then I saw a whole lot of grass ahead of me. I had some blockers too, so I kept on going and got the touchdown."
Mealy's scintillating 89-yard pick-six put the exclamation point on Henry Clay's victory.
"For a team that's kind of been bruised up early in the year, this kind of win gives us some stick-to-itiveness," Simpson said. "We showed we can come back fighting."
Both teams had their share of playmakers.
Williams had another big night passing (16 of 24 for 245 yards, three TDs and 2 interceptions), and running (17 carries for 154 yards).
Carwell Gardner had five catches for 69 yards and two TDs. Brooks, of course, had his 69-yard game-winning catch-and-run.
Henry Clay's defense was led by Sean Bryant, James Hendron and Ryan Smith.
Scott County's Marcus Hill had 145 yards rushing and receiving. James Happy had nine catches for 92 yards, and Josh Walls ran for 41 yards, caught a TD pass and was among the Cards' leading tacklers.
Lawler, in his first year at QB, settled in as the game progressed and wound up 8-for-16 for 141 yards and a TD.
Scott County Coach Jim McKee, whose team is 0-3 for the first time since he took over in 1997, said he knew he had a lot of holes to fill coming into this season.
"We weren't kidding ourselves about where we were in August. But we've gotten a ton better in three weeks. We would've liked to have caught a break or two and not be 0-3.
"But our kids are extremely resilient and our staff is extremely resilient.
"I have no doubt we'll come back strong next week."
Henry Clay 7 10 0 14—31
Scott County 7 3 0 10—20
SC—Josh Walls 23 run (Palmer Ward kick). HC—Carwell Gardner 28 pass from Jerry Williams. (A.J. Yewell kick). HC—A.J. Yewell 22 field goal. HC—Gardner 8 pass from Williams (Yewell kick). SC—Jay Willmott 36 field goal. SC—Walls 14 pass from Ben Lawler (Ward kick). SC—Willmott 20 field goal. HC—Bo Brooks 69 pass from Williams. (Yewell kick). HC—Anthony Mealy 89 interception return (Yewell kick).
Records—Henry Clay 2-1; Scott County 0-3.