Scott City exacted a bit of revenge in its opening game of the 2017 campaign as the Beavers beat the Hays Indians 29-8, in Hays Friday night.
This was a rematch from last year’s game where the Beavers fell at home, 31-21.
Second year head coach Jim Turner was happy with the result, but with it being the first game of the season, there are things the team can improve on.
“I think we played alright for the first game," Turner said. "We had a lot of mistakes, but the team played hard and the effort was there,”
The game started off a bit slow as both teams were scoreless in the opening quarter.
Scott City broke the game open in the second quarter, putting up 16 unanswered points. Hays’ first and only points of the game came in the third quarter.
There were a lot of questions regarding how sophomore quarterback and first year starter Parker Gooden would perform, but according to Turner, Gooden handled the situation well for his age.
“He made some mistakes, and perhaps we were a bit hard on him, but he played well for a sophomore," Turner said. "He’s going to learn more and more as they season goes on.” Gooden finished 2-of-7 for 17 yards and one interception.
Helping the freshly-minted quarterback was junior Wyatt Hayes, who carried most of the load offensively. Hayes finished the game with 105 yards on 19 carries.
“We’re excited about the result,” said Turner about the outcome. “Although it was a good result, we've got to put it behind us and get ready for Holcomb next week.”
The Beavers will host the Longhorns at 7 p.m. in their Great West Activities Conference opener.