Scott City makes statement on way to state championship.
The best championship games end in dramatic fashion.
On that note, Scott City delivered — and then some — with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over Silver Lake in football's Class 3A title game Saturday in Hutchinson.
With a quarterback suffering from flu-like symptoms and a starting running back nursing a gimpy ankle, Scott City and its supporters had plenty of cause to be concerned in the moments before the championship game. Their worst fears were realized early on when Silver Lake raced to a 21-0 lead in the first half.
Scott City wasn't finished, though. The Beavers dug in and outscored their opponents 28-0 the rest of the way for a 28-21 win to cap an undefeated season.
The winning touchdown came with less than a minute left in the game.
Scott City, of course, is no stranger to outstanding accomplishments in prep sports on the gridiron and beyond. It was the fourth football state championship for Scott City, which earned titles in 1988, 1989 and 1991, when the school competed in Class 4A.
The school also recently collected state championships in boys basketball in 2011 and 2012 and wrestling in 2012, with a number of current student-athletes earning the rare distinction of being state champions in multiple sports.
Still, even the most enthusiastic Scott City fans had to be impressed with what they saw Saturday from a group of young men who refused to quit.
The Beavers, after all, might have collectively hung their heads after the poor start. And they had plenty of built-in excuses, considering player illness and injury.
They would have none of it. Instead, Scott City fought back and treated fans to an impressive show on both sides of the ball en route to the win.
In doing so, the team also set a fine example of how good things come to those who refuse to give up.
Sports offer a variety of life lessons, and perhaps none more valuable than the importance of persevering in the face of adversity.
Give the Beavers credit for reminding us of as much as they battled for a state title in such a dramatic and memorable way.