GEORGETOWN — A piercing train whistle blares over the public address system when Scott County scores a touchdown in its football games at Toyota Stadium.
It must have seemed like one long deafening blast to Tates Creek Friday night.
The Commodores surely felt as if they had been run over by a locomotive.
Scott County, looking underrated at No. 10 in the state by Dave Cantrall, led 48-8 at halftime on its way to a 55-8 rout, its ninth victory in a row over Tates Creek.
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This has been the Cardinals' trademark way of winning this year. Now 5-0, they have outscored their opponents 194-14 in the first half.
Scott County's reserves have played a bunch in the second half, which is OK with the starters.
"As long as the jayvee gets in there, it's a good night," senior running back/safety Josh Walls said.
Senior quarterback Ben Lawler ran for three touchdowns in the first half and then went to the bench. At least the time passed quickly.
After Avery Ford returned a punt 65 yards for a TD early in the opening minutes of the second half to make it 55-8, there was a non-stop clock the rest of the way.
"In three of our games, my backup has had more play time than I have," Lawler said. "But that's fine with me. We're killing teams, and a win's a win. It doesn't matter how long I get to play."
Scott County Coach Jim McKee has been happy with this group since pre-season practice began and through the first five games.
"It's probably been the most positive overall start for us in my 15 years here," McKee said, noting that the Cards have had no major injuries, practices have been "upbeat," and their freshman and junior varsity are undefeated, too.
"But we'll get our backs against the wall sooner or later, and I'll be interested to see how we respond."
Under McKee, Scott County has always relied on a punishing Wing-T ground attack. The Cards again have that as they showed Friday night with Dierrius Dumphord, Kevo Edwards and Walls combining for 196 yards and four TDs in the first half.
Lawler did his part, rushing for 65 yards and three scores.
But Lawler and sophomore receiver Scott Daniel also give Scott County a viable option through the air. They hooked up three times for 48 yards against Tates Creek.
The strongest part of this Cards' team, though, might be its defense, the handiwork of coordinator Monty McIntyre. It has given up only three TDs in five games. (Tates Creek's score came courtesy of its defense when Casey Grimes returned a fumble 67 yards.)
Linebacker Damon Gray, tackle John Scott, end Peyton Simmons and cornerback Avery Ford led Scott County's defense that forced three turnovers and limited Tates Creek to just 73 yards.
"Our defense is based on our speed," Walls said. "I think we kind of shock teams coming out of the gate with how fast we are to the ball. Coach Monty stresses that in practice every day, and it shows on the field."
Dennis Oxendine was a bright spot for the Commodores. He rushed for 41 yards and had 110 yards in kick returns.
"They're a darn good football team," Tates Creek Coach Mike Harmon said. "We couldn't afford to make any mistakes to have a chance, and we made a lot."
Tates Creek 0 8 0 0— 8
Scott County 21 27 7 0—55
SC—Josh Walls 2 run (Palmer Ward kick). SC—Dierrrius Dumphord 3 run (Ward kick). SC—Ben Lawler 3 run (Ward kick). SC—Casey Grimes 67 fumble return (Eamon Nasr pass from Martrell Berry). SC—Kevo Edwards 10 run (kick failed). SC—Lawler 6 run (Ward kick). SC—Dumphord 7 run (Ward kick). SC—Avery Ford 65 punt return (Ward kick).
Records—Tates Creek 2-3; Scott County 5-0.