By MIKE KESSINGER
SCOTT CITY — The irony was that everything just snowballed on Ness/Dighton.
The reality, though, was weather conditions — no matter what it was — couldn't prevent Scott City from displaying its superiority over the Titans on Thursday in its final regular season game. The outcome was a 47-0 win for the Beavers, who clinched the Class 3A region title and kept their undefeated mark (9-0) intact going into the playoffs. Scott City will be home against Holcomb (4-5) for its bi-district match-up on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
"It will be nice to be in our own back yard and go through that routine," Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil said after back-to-back years opening the playoffs on the road. "It's funny because the first seven games, we played two at home and now we get a chance to play three in a row at home. That's nice for us."
In what started as rain before turning to sleet, then snow, the weather never had much effect on Scott City. Despite the Beavers fumbling six times, Ness/Dighton (5-4) recovered just two of them. But neither turnover did anything to propel the Titans offense, which managed just 75 total yards.
"It's definitely good to come out like we did at the beginning," Scott City senior running back Alex Swan said. "When it's the last game of the regular season you want to finish strong and make sure everything is running smoothly for the playoffs. It's definitely a good night."
The game started perfect for the Beavers as junior fullback Jason Williams took the short opening kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown 14 seconds into the game. It was the first of three touchdowns for Williams, who put Scott City up 14-0 on its next possession with a three-yard run. Williams' second score was set up by a Swan interception of a Joe Flax pass. It was the first of four picks the Beavers got off Flax, who finished 2-of-18 passing for 30 yards.
Scott City built a 28-0 lead in the first quarter, then added two touchdowns before halftime. The first was a four-yard run by Williams, then Braeden Robinson returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown.
"Yeah, we have momentum," Swan said. "I wouldn't say that's going to carry us to a victory or anything, but you definitely want it to be high entering the playoffs, get hot at the right time of the year. I think we're sitting in a pretty good position right now."
With a 41-point difference at halftime the game went to a running clock in the second half. The only score after the break came with 1:16 left in the third quarter on a 23-yard pass from Swan to Jorden Funk.
The Beavers finished with 250 yards of total offense as most of the night Scott City started in good field position. Williams led the way on the ground for Scott City with 78 yards on nine carries. Swan ran for 42 yards on seven carries, which included a 19-yard touchdown run out of the shotgun with 2:55 left in the first quarter. Funk had two receptions for 27 yards.
Guy Fulmer led the Titans on the ground with 46 yards on 15 carries.
"It's something we try and preach — after losing one the way we did last year (to Garden Plain) — we want to play a complete game," O'Neil said. "We were fortunate enough to do that tonight. The seniors provide good leadership and listen to that."
Scott City 47, Ness/Dighton 0
Ness/Dighton 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Scott City 28 13 6 0 -- 47
SC — Williams 72 K.O. return (Habiger kick), 11:46
SC — Williams 3 run (Habiger kick), 8:29
SC — Anliker 5 run (Habiger kick), 5:17
SC — Swan 19 run (Habiger kick), 2:55
SC — Williams 4 run (kick blocked), 10:06
SC — Robinson 13 interception return (Habiger kick), 8;17
SC — Funk 23 pass from Swan (pass failed), 1:16
First Downs 4 12
Rushing (C-Y) 25-45 46-223
Passing (C-A-I) 2-18-4 2-2-0
Passing yards 30 27
Total offense 43-75 48-250
Penalties 1-5 1-5
Punts 3-30.6 1-30.0
Fumbles 3-0 6-2
Rushing — ND: Fulmer 15-46, Hoffman 1-1. Shaffer 1-1, Flax 8-(-3); SC: Williams 9-78, Swan 7-42, Anliker 4-36, Robinson 5-24, A.J. Kough 1-15, Couchman 3-12, Aguilar 1-10, Smith 4-8, Gardea 1-2, Hess 1-2, Zilla 2-0, Roemer 1-0, Al. Kough 1-(-1), O'Neil 6-(-5).
Passing — ND: Flax 2-18-4-30; SC: Swan 2-2-0-27
Receiving — ND: Birney 1-26, Gantz 1-4; SC: Funk 2-27.