When Scott City High School’s defense gives up points, it literally makes headlines it’s such a rare occasion.
The Beavers, who are 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, have smothered opponents. For the first four weeks of the season, they did not allow a single point.
Then they allowed a whole touchdown vs. Russell and 12 points at Beloit last week. Their closest result was a 24-0 win over Holcomb on Sept. 7.
But there’s still a question about the Beavers — are they just blowing out mediocre and bad teams? None of their six opponents have a winning record, and according to preppowerindex.com, the Beavers have had the third-easiest schedule in all of Class 3A.
This week, however, the Beavers will be tested, as they host 6-0 Colby at 7 p.m. Friday in a Class 3A-District 8 matchup. Both teams are 3-0 in the district and have the maximum point differential of plus-39.
“They’re going to be the best team we’ve played by far,” Scott City head coach Jim Turner said Thursday. “They’ve got a lot of speed. We’ve got to account for that.”
Colby’s offense has been high-flying, scoring 41.3 points per game. The Eagles have not scored fewer than 35 points in a game.
“If they hit a gap on you, I’m not sure we’ve got a guy on our team who can catch up with them,” Turner said. “We’ve got to keep them bottled up.”
That means Turner needs some improvement from his young defensive tackles.
“Last game, they weren’t very good. They ran up the field a little bit, so we want to go that corrected,” Turner said.
But the Eagles’ defense — at least in comparison to Scott City’s — has not been as sharp, allowing 13.7 points per game, including 34 to Holcomb in Week 2. However, Colby shut out Russell, 44-0, last week.
The Beavers, meanwhile, have one of the best point differentials in the state, out-scoring opponents 278-19. Only Andale has a better point differential in 3A (308-14).
Scott City is led by Wyatt Hayes’ 922 rushing yards — on nearly 10 yards per carry — and 18 touchdowns.
“Wyatt is a great kid,” Turner said of his senior, who also plays on defense. “He’s a great leader for us, and his work ethic is incredible. We rely on him a lot, and he doesn’t really get tired, which is a plus.”
The Beavers will need him to be that Energizer bunny on Friday.