By KEVIN THOMPSON
The Scott City High School football team made senior night a memorable one, clinching the district title with a 53-7 win over visiting Lakin High School.
The No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A showed why it owned that spot. The Beavers amassed 543 totals yards (470 rushing) on 71 plays while holding Lakin to just 145 yards on 38 plays.
The Beavers (8-0, 2-0) struck early and often in the first quarter with three touchdowns on three drives and a 199-23 yards total-offense advantage.
Colborn Couchman had two scoring runs of five and 44 yards, and Drew Kite scored on a 13-yard check-off pass from Brett O'Neil to give the Beavers a 20-0 first-quarter lead.
Couchman scored again to start the second quarter and added another 77-yard touchdown late in the quarter. Dalton Buehler scored the other on an 11-yard run.
Scott City's starters racked up 295 rushing yards and 67 in the air in the first two quarters while holding Lakin (3-5, 1-1) to just 43 yards in that span.
Brenner Wells and Trey O'Neil also scored on short runs in the second half for Scott City.
Lakin's only points came at the 5:49 point in the fourth quarter when Blake Geubelle scored on a 1-yard run to cap an eight-play 85-yard drive.
It was the first time Scott City had been scored upon in 10 quarters dating back to the Ulysses game two weeks ago and the first points scored by Lakin against Scott City since the first game of the 2008 season.
"I thought the kids played pretty well," said Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil. "It was senior night, and we hadn't had a chance to play (at home) in a month. We were pretty focused."
Lakin beat Cimarron last week, 61-7, so O'Neil said the Beavers had to be ready to play, and they were.
Couchman led all rushers on the night with 192 yards on just 11 carries, all in the first half.
O'Neil said Couchman's 77-yard run was not designed to be a scoring play but just a trap to run out time in the second quarter. The result, however, was indicative of how the night went for the Beavers.
Quarterback O'Neil had a good night passing, coach O'Neil said, but a couple of times he got hit from the outside.
"We have to go back and find out where that guy's coming from," Glenn O'Neil said. "But he's a pretty accurate passer. He had a couple of check-offs. But he knows the offense really well and he's free to make those check-offs.
"The defense was once again a team effort. Just like the offense, everybody has their roles and knows what they're supposed to do."
The Scott City defense reared its head quickly. Couchman had a sack and a tackle for loss on consecutive plays in the first quarter. They forced Lakin to punt five times on six first-half possessions. And Beaver pressure kept Lakin quarterback Bryant Miller scrambling most of the night.
Tyler Hess had the game's only a turnover, an interception of Miller in the first quarter.
The win was Scott City's 27th regular-season home win at Darner Field.
Glenn O'Neil tied the field's namesake Otis Darner, as well as Larry Huck, for the fifth most wins in school history at 46.
Scott City travels to Cimarron Thursday while Lakin hosts Southwestern Heights. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start.
Lakin 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Scott City 20 21 6 6 -- 53
SC--Couchman 5 run (O'Neil kick), 8:29
SC--Kite 13 pass from O'Neil (O'Neil kick), 5:51
SC--Couchman 44 run (pass failed), 2:08
SC--Couchman 5 run (O'Neil to Hayes), 10:59
SC--Buehler 11 run (kick blocked), 5:02
SC--Couchman 77 run (O'Neil kick), 3:00
SC¬--Wells 1 run (kick failed), 3:27
L--Geubelle 1 run (Chavez kick), 5:49
SC--T.O'Neil 3 run (kick blocked), 2:36
Rushes 28-96 60-470
Passing 4-10-49 6-11-73
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties-yds 1-5 3-20
Punts 8 1
RUSHING — Lakin: Moreno 58; Scott City: Couchman 11-192.
PASSING — Lakin: Miller 4-10-1-49; Scott City: B.O'Neil 6-11-0-73.