TAYLOR MILL – By all accounts Scott High’s football team is better than it was last year.
Seems you can say the same for Franklin County.
The Flyers remained unbeaten at 5-0 with a 63-31 win over Scott Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
FCHS defeated the Eagles twice last year, once in the regular season (54-14) and again in the first round of the state Class 5A playoffs (56-21).
On Friday Scott stayed within shouting distance of the Flyers for most of three quarters.
“Last year we played them, and we knew they had everyone back,” FCHS’ Ryan Timmons said. “They’ve gotten better. I was impressed.”
But Scott (3-2) had no answer for the Flyers’ quick-strike offense and special teams play.
The Eagles grinded out 346 yards on offense with just 14 yards through the air, and they had the ball for over 36 minutes, more than three times longer than Franklin County.
The Flyers’ time of possession was 11 minutes, 11 seconds. They had the ball just 13 seconds in the third quarter, but that was long enough for Timmons to score on a 54-yard run, one of his six touchdowns in the game.
Franklin County finished with 410 yards with a balanced attack. Quarterback Logan Woodside was 10-for-15 passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Franklin County had 181 yards rushing, led by Timmons with 155 yards.
Scott took the opening kickoff and turned the ball over at the FCHS 22-yard line when Greg Maupin picked off a pass from Ben Osborne.
In a drive that lasted five plays, Woodside scored on a 1-yard run and Zack Durham kicked the extra point for a 7-0 FCHS lead with 10:42 left in the first quarter.
Maupin recovered a fumble on Scott’s next possession at the SHS 21-yard line. Timmons went 21 yards for a touchdown on the Flyers’ first play from scrimmage with Durham kicking the PAT.
FCHS had the ball at its own 20 after Scott’s Andrew Coe missed a 50-yard field goal attempt on fourth down.
Timmons raced 80 yards for a touchdown on the next play for a 21-0 Flyer lead.
A long kickoff return by Nick Brinkman gave the Eagles the ball at the FCHS 16-yard line. Scott scored on a 2-yard run by Osborne with 52 seconds left in the first quarter, and Coe kicked the extra point to make the score 21-7.
The next play was a first for Timmons as he returned the kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds on the clock. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown he’s had in his high school career.
“I was shocked a lot,” Timmons said about having the kickoff come his way, “but I wanted to show what I could do when I get the ball. I was happy and shocked.”
It showed just what the Flyers can do on special teams.
“Teams have to take time out and work on that,” FCHS coach Chris Tracy said, “and that takes away from working on their offense and defense. We feel like that’s another weapon.
“We spend 20 minutes a day working on special teams, primarily punts and punt returns. We work on kickoffs and kickoff returns, but we don’t spend as much time on that.”
The score was 27-7 at the end of the first quarter, but the Eagles made it interesting by scoring the next two touchdowns to pull within seven points.
Osborne scored on a 1-yard run with 7:51 left in the second quarter. The big play of the drive was a 41-yard run by Reed Spata.
The Eagles decided to go with an onside kick, recovered the ball at midfield and scored on a 26-yard run by Spata with 5:12 left in the first half, making the score 27-21.
“What’s so frustrating and gets us so riled up is when the guys decide to play defense, they do it,” Tracy said. “In the second half we made several key stops. I just wish they’d decide to do that right from the get-go.”
But the problem wasn’t just deciding when to play.
“That was not their normal offense,” Tracy said of the Eagles. “It was their secondary offense, and we didn’t spend a quarter of our practice time on it.”
Before halftime FCHS scored two more times – on a 24-yard field goal by Durham and a 19-yard pass from Woodside to Timmons – for a 37-21 lead at the break.
The Eagles went with an onside kick to start the second half. This time Franklin County recovered the ball at its own 46-yard line, and Timmons went 54 yards on the next play for a 43-21 lead just 13 seconds into the second half.
Scott had the ball the rest of the third quarter, scoring on a 39-yard field goal by Coe with 1:56 left and recovering the ensuing onside kick.
The Eagles turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth quarter, and Woodside hit Maupin with a 12-yard touchdown pass to make the score 50-24 with 11 minutes remaining.
Scott scored its last touchdown on a 4-yard run by Josh Castleman with 7:42 left in the game.
Woodside closed out the game with two touchdown passes – one covering 45 yards to Chris Roberts and the other 30 yards to Timmons.
“I think our linemen are the hardest working group in practice,” Timmons said. “They open holes where we can score so easy.”
Durham went 6-for-8 on extra-point kicks, and the Flyers came up short on one conversion run.
Franklin County opens district play at home this Friday against West Jessamine. It will be homecoming for FCHS.