Sep. 18—Scott's football team caught lightning to start the 2021 season, posting a 4-0 record and outscoring opponents, 112-69, heading to its final tune-up before City League play begins.
In Friday's home matchup, however, Scott returned to earth in a 48-6 defeat to nonconference foe Clyde.
"It's most definitely a wake-up call," Scott head coach Rahsan Wilson said after the game.
"The fact that [the players] didn't win in all those years, and then we went to a good start, it kind of got them in the head of, 'We're invincible,' and obviously it showed today that we weren't."
Scott's Leland Mugashe, left, and Clyde's Jayven Sheffield reach for the ball during a high school football game at Scott High School in Toledo on Sept. 17.
Photo Gallery: Clyde defeats Scott 48-6
Clyde, meanwhile, couldn't have asked for a better half of football.
The Fliers (4-1) scored touchdowns on their first seven drives — all in the first half — and carried a 48-0 lead at the midpoint.
Scott (4-1) started the game with the ball at the Clyde 49-yard line, but committed an illegal substitution penalty on its first play, went 3-and-out, and punted.
Clyde then went on a seven-play, 78-yard scoring drive that was capped by Michael Daniels' 4-yard TD run to give the Fliers a 7-0 lead with 8:33 to play in the first quarter.
Daniels rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns in the first half before sitting the second half, along with the rest of Clyde's starters.
"We take whatever the defense gives us, so I think they were giving us some run looks early on, and that's what we took advantage of," Clyde head coach Ryan Carter said.
"I was proud of our kids. I think we came out and set the tone, got after it defensively, and really did a good job of executing the entire night."
Scott's second possession was stalled, in part, by an intentional grounding call on quarterback Carnel Smith, Jr., and the Bulldogs had to punt. Clyde took over at the Scott 42, they overcame a holding call that set them up with a 1st-and-20, and the Fliers took just four plays and 1:35 to find the end zone once more.
Quarterback Jaden Cook connected with Kaiden Olson for a 53-yard TD strike to give Clyde a 14-0 lead after the PAT.
"We wanted to move it around, get some guys some touches, and I think Jaden did a nice job of that," Carter said.
Scott did not make matters any easier on its ensuing possession.
Running back Armon Johnson fumbled the ball on the first play, and Clyde recovered on the Scott 25. The Fliers hit pay dirt once again three plays later, as Daniels bowled in from three yards out for his second score of the game.
"I knew from watching film that they wanted to go straight ahead," Wilson said. "My goal was to get them to bounce [outside], and obviously it didn't work. We wanted to fill our gaps and make him bounce outside and get our athletes to make plays."
All in the first half, Cook completed 11 of 13 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, each to different receivers.
Abe Morrison had a 5-yard TD reception, and Griffin Noftz had a 27-yard TD grab with 5:09 to play before halftime that gave the Fliers a 41-0 lead.
With 59 seconds left until halftime, Clyde backup quarterback Drake Guhn found Cole Schwochow for a 21-yard touchdown pass that gave the Fliers a 48-0 lead.
Scott got on the board as the running game clock expired in the fourth quarter, when Daryl Barnett caught a 3-yard TD pass from Smith.
Smith completed 8 of 18 passes for 58 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, and Barnett caught three passes for 44 yards.
Marvin Davis had 57 yards on the ground for Scott, which mustered 86 yards to Clyde's 357.
Scott begins City League play on Thursday at Bowsher.
First Published September 17, 2021, 6:41pm