SCOTT CITY — Friday’s home matchup for the Beavers had a lot riding on it.
Based on history, Scott City was the favorite by a huge margin to take out league and now-district rival Colby.
Fourteen straight wins by the Beavers, with a district title on the line.
The Beavers held off the Eagles, 35-12, to remain unbeaten at 7-0 and, more importantly, improve to 4-0 and secure the top spot in district play.
Scott City didn’t score until late in the opening quarter, when Wyatt Hayes took the ball in from 13 yards to cap a five-play drive at the 1:36 mark.
The senior did it again in the second period. After he intercepted a Jordan Schippers pass, he took it in on one play from the 7 to put the Beavers up 14-0.
The defense, which had given up just 19 points all season, held Colby scoreless until the Eagles’ final drive of the half.
Schippers led his team on a clock-stopping drive that started at their own 25. It took 15 plays over the next 3:25 before he plunged over the top from the 1-yard line to make the score 14-6 at the break.
By halftime, Scott had 135 yards of offense to Colby’s 118.
Coming out of halftime, the Beavers showed good patience, taking the ball 65 yards on seven plays, with Hayes running untouched from the 5 for his third score.
He capped the drive with Scott City’s first 2-point conversion of the season for a Beavers' 22-6 lead.
On Scott City’s next series, Colby forced an 8-yard punt and took over at the Beavers’ 28-yard line.
A halfback pass from Isaac Rosales to Calvin Staap to the 2 set up a score from Hagan Booi, but Kevin Serrano stopped a run for the conversion to keep the score a two-possession game, 22-12.
Scott City answered with a 16-play drive from 72 yards, taking off more than 7 minutes from the clock.
Parker Gooden found Hunter Yager wide open over the middle for a 12-yard pass play to cap the drive and give his team a 28-12 lead.
On their next series, the Beavers drove 64 yards for another score. Gooden found Marshall Faurot 8 yards deep in the end zone, going up over Rosales to put his team up 35-12 with 5:29 to play.
Scott City finished with 255 yards on the ground and 357 overall. Colby had 178 total.
Scott City (7-0) will travel to Concordia next Friday. Colby (6-1) will face Goodland.