Scott Survives East Fairmont In Opening Round

The 4th-seeded Scott Skyhawks opened their playoff run with a dramatic 35-31 win over the 13th seed East Fairmont Bees on Friday in West Madison.

The Bees (7-4) got on the scoreboard first when quarterback Ian Crookshanks hit Hoyt Michael on a 45-yard scoring strike and a 7-0 lead. A little later in the period, Crookshanks scored on a 1-yard plunge to give East Fairmont a 14-0 advantage.

Scott (10-1) finally got its first score as quarterback Matt Frye found Isaiah Bush on a 35-yard touchown pass to cut East Fairmont’s lead to 14-7.

The Bees scored late in the first period as Crookshanks found receiver Avery Brown on a long scoring pass and run to make it 21-7 after one quarter of play.

The Skyhawks started firing on all cylinders in the second quarter as a Carson Brinegar run cut East Fairmont’s lead to 21-14. Then, Frye had an electrifying 70-yard run that brought the crowd to its feet to knot the score at 21-21.

Scott appeared to have taken the lead late in the half, when an errant snap resulted in a Skyhawk defensive player to scoop up the ball with no one in front of him, but the officials had granted East Fairmont a timeout right before the snap. The Bees were then able to kick a short field goal for a 24-21 halftime lead.

The Skyhawks received the opening kickoff but a miscue on the return led to a fumble and an East Fairmont recovery. The Bees took advantage of the short field and took a 31-21 lead on a Crookshanks to Hoyt touchdown pass.

Scott began to claw back when Frye found Sharps for a long touchdown pass from about midfield to make it 31-28 after three quarters.

The Skyhawks took the lead early in the final period. After a long pass play, Brinegar scored his second touchdown of the game from 5 yards out, making the score 35-31. The two teams traded possessions from there on out, but Scott defense held strong and the Skyhawks advanced to the second round.

Scott will now host the 5th seed Frankfort in the second round, a 14-0 winner over 12th-seeded Nicholas County.

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