SCOTT CITY — Homecoming couldn’t have been any sweeter for the Beavers as Scott City rolled to its fourth win in as many tries with a 47-0 win over Ulysses Friday night.
Scott City piled up 33 points in the second quarter alone, tacked on to the 14 they scored in the first quarter, on their way to the league win.
Wyatt Hayes scored four times in the first half, three on the ground and one on a 79-yard punt return on his way to a big game.
Hayes went over 3,000 rushing yards on a 13-yard run to put the Beavers on the board just 48 seconds into the game. He scored his second running touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter, as the Beavers ran off 33 points in that frame.
Hayes took a punt at his own 21-yard line and ran it back for his third score, and the first punt return for a score in his career.
After a blocked punt on Ulysses’ next series, Hayes took it in from 2 yards for his fourth score.
Parker Vulgamore, on his birthday, put the Beavers up 14-0 on a 9-yard run up the middle late in the first quarter. Brandon Winderlin ran a sweep right untouched from 5 yards out to put Scott City up 26-0.
And Marshall Faurot, crowned homecoming king before the game, picked off a Devin Walker pass late in the half, and Parker Gooden hit him for a 33-yard scoring play over the top to cap the Beaver barrage of scoring.
The Beavers defense, which came into the game allowing no points in three games, stepped up strong once again, allowing just six rushing yards in the first half for the Tigers and 14 through the air, while getting the blocked punt, interception and three sacks.
While Hayes had a great night on the offensive side, it was the defensive effort from his teammate that stood out.
“We like to take pride in our defense,” the senior said. “After the two sacks it was like,'Let’s keep it going and create more opportunities. Let’s take advantage of what happens.”
This marks the fourth straight game the Beavers have shut out opponents, but it’s not enough to rest on, Hayes added.
“Always one week at a time, one game at a time, one day at a time,” he said. “We want to make improvements week to week.”
Ulysses came out to a running clock to start the second half and picked off Gooden, taking the ball down to the 4-yard line on seven plays, but once again the Beaver defense put a stop to that.
Assistant coach Brian Gentry was proud of the defensive improvement from the Beavers.
“Our defense did a better job reading the keys and just playing assignment football,” he said. “One of the things about Ulysses is they run a similar offense to ours, so when they give you a lot of keys, we figure if our guys will just read them, a lot of times that’ll take you to the ball.”
That defense held Ulysses (2-2) to just 114 total yards, just a third of its season average.
It was all about the effort, Gentry said.
“You can’t ever fault these guys. Our seniors are great leaders and they bring a lot of effort and intensity and the younger guys kind of follow suit with them,” he said.
Ulysses will host Pittsburg next Saturday in a 2 p.m. start.