Beavers take control early to give Coach Turner first career win
Senior defensive end Kevin Lozano is able to get a hand on the pass attempt by Cimarron’s Dylan Harrison during Friday’s action. The deflection resulted in a pick-six for the Beavers who rolled to a 52-7 win.
By Rod Haxton, editor
The mistakes that had plagued Scott City in the first two games disappeared on Friday night.
The varsity offense didn’t commit any turnovers.
defense forced four turnovers.
And, not surprisingly, the Beavers (1-2) whipped Cimarron, 52-7, in a non-league game.
“We started moving in the right direction,” says head coach Jim Turner, who had to wait a little longer than expected to get his first career win.
Scott City was nearly flawless in the first quarter as they scored on their first three possessions.
“We didn’t commit a penalty on any of those drives. We’d been stressing the importance of being mentally focused,” says Turner.
Then again, you’re not going to commit too many mistakes when you need just 11 offensive plays to score three touchdowns.
With excellent field position at the Bluejay 48 yard line following the opening kickoff, offensive coordinator Brian Gentry had his team’s first series scripted as they went with a no-huddle offense.
It turned out to be a short script.
On the third play, junior halfback Jarret Jurgens took a reverse pitch and didn’t stop until he reached the end zone 41 yards later.
“It was important for us to get the fast start,” says Gentry, whose offense hadn’t scored a first quarter touchdown in their first two games.
That statistic became a footnote as Scott City added two more scores before the period ended.
“Everything clicked,” said quarterback Bo Hess, who had his best game of the season with 174 yards and three touchdowns. “The receivers were running good routes and we were able to connect on several nice passes.”
The first of Hess’s three TD passes came on the second possession when he connected with sophomore wideout Marshall Faurot for 36 yards. Faurot slipped a tackle shortly after making a catch at the 19 yard line and raced down the sideline to finish off a six play drive.
By the middle of the second period, the Bluejays could already sense that the game was quickly slipping away, so they gambled on fourth-and-two at their own 43 yard line. The pass attempt was incomplete and SCHS quickly capitalized when sophomore fullback Wyatt Hayes ran 34 yards off the left side for a score that put Scott City on top, 21-0, with 4:01 left in the period.
The Beavers hit an offensive lull in the second period when they added just one touchdown following an interception by M. Faurot at the SCHS 26 yard line. Five plays later, Hess tossed a pass to Hayes that resulted in a 61 yard touchdown.
Three more touchdowns in the third period saw SCHS extend its lead to 45-0 and put the running clock into effect.
It was the kind of game Scott City needed after a rocky 0-2 start to the season.
“It was a good win and it’s good for our confidence,” says senior tight end Kyle Cure, “but, we have plenty of things we can do better.”
Loading the Box
Scott City’s ability to get big plays in the passing game came as no surprise to the coaching staff which expected Cimarron to put eight players in the box in an effort to shut down the run.
“Based on what they saw on film in our first two games, it made sense for them to load the box,” says Gentry. “Bo accepted that challenge and took the step we were looking for in the passing game.
“Bo did a better job of making reads and taking what the defense was giving us. When he can go through the progressions and check down two or three receivers then you have a dangerous quarterback.”
SCHS also capitalized on three Cimarron turnovers, which they were able to convert into touchdowns.
Early in the second period, an interception by M. Faurot stopped a Bluejay drive at the SCHS 26. Five plays later, Hayes turned a short pass into a 61 yard score that put the Beavers on top, 28-0, at halftime.
Offense Keeps Rolling
Scott City continued to find success moving the ball in the second half with a 68 yard scoring drive on their first possession. Hess completed a 23 yard pass to senior wideout Justin Faurot during the drive and on third-and-10, was forced to scramble. After rolling to his left and then reversing the field and running to the right sideline, Hess found senior runningback Kevin Aguilera all alone in the end zone for a 28 yard TD.
“That’s what happens when you have a quarterback who can scramble and still keep his eyes down the field,” notes Gentry.
SCHS quickly regained possession when Cimarron fumbled the following kickoff. The Beavers weren’t able to get into the end zone, but kicker Gustavo Gonzales was successful on a 23 yard line drive field goal that extended the lead to 38-0.
Just over a minute later, Cure stepped in front of a receiver from his outside linebacker position and returned an interception 44 yards for a score.
“I made my drop, saw him throw the ball and I broke on it,” says Cure. “After I made the catch there was nothing but an open field ahead of me.”
In the span of 3:42, the Beavers had scored 17 points while building a 45 point lead.
The defense forced one more turnover in the closing moments of the third quarter. Defensive end Kevin Lozano was bringing pressure on the Cimarron quarterback when he tipped a pass attempt that was picked off by linebacker Eddie Tilton. Two plays later, senior runningback Jess Drohman ran to the left side and then tight-roped the sideline for 20 yards to the end zone to open the fourth quarter.
Scott City’s ability to finally have some success with their sweeps was another positive step for the offense.
“Jarret (Jurgens) had a couple of nice moves to the outside and Jess did the same,” says Gentry. “That was a real nice cut he made on the sideline for the touchdown. He had another play like that earlier where he made a great read off a block. When we can get to the outside with success it opens up a lot of things for us offensively.”
It was, by far, the team’s most productive game offensively this season with 367 total yards - 193 rushing and 174 passing.
Hayes led the balanced attack with 150 yards. The fullback had 88 yards on 11 carries in addition to his 62 yard reception for a score.
Jurgens added 52 yards rushing on just four carries.
Hess spread the ball among several receivers, including J. Faurot (3-for-38), Aguilera (2-for-38) and M. Faurot (1-for-36).
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