Pick-6 as half ends boosts SC to 29-8 win
With Hays backed up against their goal line and time for one more play before halftime, the Scott City defense anticipated a “Hail Mary” pass.
Cornerback Marshall Faurot had a strong feeling it would be thrown in his direction.
The junior was right and he stepped in front of the underthrown pass at the 29 yard line. After that, he was able to work his way across the field as the SCHS defense began setting up a wall of blocks that allowed Faurot to get into the end zone untouched with no time left on the clock.
The touchdown provided a huge lift for the Beavers who took a 16-0 lead into the locker room.
It was part of a strong defensive effort that led Scott City to a 29-8 win over the Indians, avenging last season’s opening loss.
Faurot said he was sure of the pass coming in his direction because he’d been burned on a curl route earlier in the half.
“I read it bad and I felt they saw me as the weak corner,” Faurot says.
When Faurot broke on the underthrown pass, he created a gap between himself and the intended receiver. After that, it was just a matter of letting his blockers create a lane for the score.
“I had great blocks. All the linemen, Dan (defensive tackle Nolasco) and everyone was taking care of business up front,” says Faurot. “That momentum definitely helped going into halftime.”
While it may not have been reflected on the scoreboard, the first half was dominated by the Beavers who limited the Indians to 50 total yards and only three first downs.
For the game, SCHS held a 263-113 edge in total offense and allowed Hays just 36 offensive plays.
However, Scott City’s defense and special teams accounted for 10 of their 16 first half points.
Scott City’s first possession of the game took 8:57 off the clock before it stalled at the nine yard line. The result was a 26 yard field goal by newcomer Moses Hinojos who was playing in his first football game.
“He’d never kicked a football until a couple of weeks ago,” says Turner.
However, the junior split the uprights from the left hash on the opening play of the second quarter to give the Beavers an early 3-0 lead.
Following a three-and-out by Hays, the Beavers had excellent field position at the Hays 47 following a punt return by Faurot. Two plays later, senior Jarret Jurgens was in the end zone following a 43 yard run, only to have it called back by a penalty. SCHS quickly responded with a swing pass to senior halfback Nick Nowak to the other sideline which resulted in a 51 yard score.
“There were only two guys on that side of the field and Marshall and Jarret are pretty good blockers, so I knew I had a chance,” says Nowak.
He slipped away from one tackler near the line of scrimmage and was untouched as he sprinted down the sideline for a 9-0 advantage.
“After Jarret’s touchdown was taken away we told him we’d get it back for him,” Nowak said. “It felt good to make it happen on the next play.”
Scott City was unable to generate much offense on their next two possessions, but they were successful in giving Hays poor starting field position each time they got the ball back. The Indians were pinned at the three yard line following a punt and took over again at the three following an interception with just :48 left in the half which led to the ill-fated interception.