Scott High School rushed for 329 yards in their 26-6 blowout of Newport on the Wildcats' homecoming night in Newport on Friday.
The Eagles ran all over Newport's defensive front scoring four touchdowns from the ground. Senior running back Ryan Sowder paved the way with 208 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore running back Josh Castleman chipped in with 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Scott.
"Ryan (Sowder) is one of the better players in Northern Kentucky," Scott head coach Dave Campbell said. "Castleman coming on and (Brandon) Stamper coming on have prevented teams from manning up in the box on him and it's allowed us to do some other things."
Newport's only score came on the opening kickoff to start the game. Sophomore Justice Lewis caught the kickoff and took it to the house to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead.
The Eagles tied the game at 6-6 early in the second quarter when Castleman reached the end zone on a handoff from senior quarterback Joey Heeb. Scott took the lead late in the second quarter on a Sowder rushing touchdown. The Eagles took a 13-6 advantage into the break.
"The run was working so we stuck with that and it feels good," Sowder said of the running game.
--Postgame: Ryan Sowder, Scott
--Postgame: Dave Campbell, Scott
Newport went three-and-out and was forced to punt on their first drive of the second half. A high snap sailed over the punters head and the Eagles recovered on the Wildcats' 30-yard line. The turnover led to Castleman's second touchdown of the game and Scott increased their lead to 20-6.
"He stepped up, it was good to see him step up because I know he can do it he does it in practice every day," Sowder said of Castleman. "It's no surprise, but to see him step up like that gives our team confidence."
The Wildcats offense made a push on the second drive of the latter half, but came up short. Junior running back Daylin Garland starting taking the snaps for Newport. He ran the ball inside the Eagles five yard line helping his team gain a first down. Scott's defense slammed the door on the Wildcats for four plays in a row to force a turnover on downs.
"That's the thing I really like about this team is we made some mistakes, some sophomore mistakes to let them get down there, but they never quit playing," Campbell said of his defense. "All three games that we've played this year, they play until the last tic on the clock and you can work with that as a coach. You love that, you like to see that, and they just believe in themselves."
The Eagles intercepted Garland on the Wildcats' 24 yard line with just over seven minutes left to play in the game. Scott cashed in on the turnover when Sowder collected his second touchdown of the game. The TD put the exclamation point on a 26-6 victory.
Heeb had two completions on five attempts with 22 passing yards on the night. He recorded 10 rushing yards against the Wildcats. Sowder and Castleman combined for 256 yards on the ground. Stamper was the third leading rusher for the Eagles with 27 rushing yards.
Scott (2-1) will travel to Franklin County to battle the Flyers in Frankfort, KY on Sep. 16 and Newport (1-3) will play cross town rival Dayton High School in Dayton, KY on Sep. 16.
*Written by: Mike Collins, TriStateFootball.com