Colby, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–Friday night was the regular season final, as the Scott City Beavers wrapped up district play at Colby against the Eagles. While the game would not affect either team in the district standings, the Eagles put up a good fight early against the Beavers. Scott City would flex their muscles in the second quarter with 27 points, en route to a 48-0 win at Dennen Field.
Colby would move the ball down the field on their opening drive, but eventually turned the ball over on downs at the Scott City 36 yard line. The Beavers would drive 64 yards in eight plays, taking 3:44 off the clock. At the 5:11 mark of the first quarter, Dylan Metzger connected with Jackson Rumford on a 19-yard pass play to go up 7-0, with the Freddy Saenz PAT.
The Eagles would yet once again go down the field, but a catch on fourth down was ruled out of bounds set up the Beavers at their own 22. Scott City would have their second consecutive eight-play drive, as Lawson Bailey scored from 22 yards out with 10:56 left before the break to extend the lead to 14-0 with the Saenz kick. Two drives later, it took one play, as Jace Thomas raced 56 yards to the end zone with 7:26 left before the break to put the Beavers up 21-0. Scott City’s defense continued to force three-and-outs, and The Beavers would score on a Bailey two-yard run on the next drive with 5:02 left in the second quarter to put them up 28-0, following the Saenz kick. Their next scoring drive came on another short field. A five-play, 30-yard drive that took 1:03 off the clock was finished off on a Welker 15-yard run on the option to go up 34-0, after the extra point was no good. Scott City tried a 35-yard field goal right before the break, but it went wide left.
Both offenses struggled out of the halftime break. They would go three-and-out, and on Scott City’s third drive, Dylan Metzger would score from five yards out with 4:29 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 41-0 with the Saenz kick. One play following an Eagle punt, Lawson Bailey would break several tackles, to score from 66 yards out with 2:05 left in the third quarter, on a play that looked like it was stuffed in the backfield. Saenz’ PAT made it 48-0, which forced a continuous clock for the rest of the night.
Colby drove the ball down the field to the Beaver 24 yard line, before Scott City picked off the Eagles for a third time on the night, and they would run out the clock to pick up the 48-0 win.
Scott City saw Dylan Metzger go 10-19 passing for 162 yards with a touchdown pass. Jackson Rumford caught four passes for 77 yards and his first varsity touchdown. Camden Vulgamore completed a 33-yard pass to Brooks Bailey in the fourth quarter. The Beavers rushed for 274 yards, as Lawson Bailey had 125 yards and two touchdowns, Jace Thomas had 73 yards on three carries and Brady Welker rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries. Scott City finished with 469 yards.
Colby saw Casen Carroll throw for 43 yards on 3-14 passing with three interceptions. Zane Betz rushed for 64 yards on 20 carries, as the Eagles had 94 yards on the ground and had 137 yards of offense for the night. Carroll started for Hunter Vaughn, who had an injury prior to the game. Colby senior Breon Barton also was out of the lineup due to an injury.
With the win, Scott City picked up their first win in Colby since 2016, and now lead the series 29-18. Their 48-point win was the widest margin in a victory for the Beavers in program history. It eclipsed the 46-point victory in 1991 at 60-14. The Beavers shut out Colby for the fourth time in series history. Scott City now has 103 district wins in program history. It was also their third shutout win of the year, the most since 2019.
At 7-1, Scott City has their most wins since 2019, and will host Smoky Valley next Friday night to begin the playoffs. The Vikings shut out Nickerson 42-0 to claim the fourth spot in District 7. They are 4-4 on the season. Both teams were in the same district the previous two years, as Scott City won 17-16 and 21-14 in those meetings.
Assistant Coach Landon Frank and Coach Jim Turner Postgame