June 23, 2024

Scott City defense dominates in shutout win over Wellington

Scott City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–It didn’t take long to see how Friday night’s outcome would come out. After holding Wellington three-and-out on their opening series, Scott City used three running plays to put the first score on the board, en route to a 41-0 win in a non-league game at Sellers Park, spoiling the Crusaders’ homecoming. 

The Beavers scored 13 first quarter points, as Jarret Jurgens started the scoring, with a seven-yard run with 8:25 left in the first quarter to give them the early 6-0 lead. Scott City pushed their lead to 13-0 with 4:14 left in the first quarter, on a one-yard run by Wyatt Hayes, as Gustavo Gonzalez knocked in the extra point. 

Field position was a big factor in tonight’s game. The Beavers started their first four possessions in Crusader territory, and capitalized on four of their five possessions in the first half. In fact, Scott City’s worst starting field position was at their own 40, and it took them three plays to advance it into Wellington territory.

With 7:12 remaining before the break, Jurgens found the end zone for the second time from a yard out to give Scott City a 20-0 lead, with the Gonzalez PAT. The Beavers scored late in the first half, on a Kevin Aguilera eight-yard run with 1:23 left before the break, and the Gonzalez extra point pushed the lead to 27-0 at the break.

Scott City (4-2) struggled on their first two possessions of the second half. A three-and-out and a fumble inside the Crusader five stopped a pair of drives, but the third time would be the charm. Hayes would find the end zone from two yards out with 2:35 remaining in the third period to push the Beavers lead to 34-0 with the Gonzalez extra point kick.

With 11:25 remaining in the game, Jess Drohman found the end zone from three yards out, and the Gonzalez extra point kick capped off the scoring at 41-0. 

Wellington (0-6), who only had one first down through the first three quarters, made a late drive in the fourth quarter. They crossed into Scott City territory on their final drive of the game, picking up three first downs on their final drive of the game, and stalled at the Beaver 35. Scott City ran out the clock, and picked up their first shutout win of the game.

The Beavers rushed for 281 yards, led by Wyatt Hayes, who finished with 127 yards and two scores. Kevin Aguiler added 71 yards on 12 carries and a score. Bo Hess was 7-10 for 75 yards. Justin Faurot had three catches for 34 yards. Scott City finished with 356 yards of offense and had 19 first downs. Over the last two games, they have scored 72 straight points.

Wellington had only 56 yards of offense on the night. Chris Kop had 38 yards on six carries, and Colton Glover had 34 yards on nine carries. Michael Ledbetter was o-10 passing in the game.  The Crusaders have been held scoreless for the last eight quarters, and have surrendered 93 consecutive points.

Scott City will open up district play next Friday at league foe Colby. The Eagles are 3-3, and have lost three straight, after a 52-41 loss to Norton at home on Friday. Wellington hosts Winfield next Friday, who is also 0-6 on the year, after a 44-0 loss at Maize South. In other GWAC play Friday night, Goodland surprised Ulysses in Ulysses 26-17, Holcomb took down Lakin 47-12, and Hugoton blitzed Southwestern Heights 62-13.

Assistant Coach Alex Hutchins Postgame