The Scott City Beavers traveled the 262 miles north for their regular season finale Friday, and made their trip worthwhile, routing the Concordia Panthers, 43-20, to finish the regular season undefeated, 8-0 for the seventh time in nine years.
The Beavers were tested to start the game, as the Panthers mounted a six-minute drive. Fortunately for the Beavers, the defense, which has been so strong all season, turned Concordia over on downs.
Scott City’s senior running back Wyatt Hayes made the Panthers pay, scampering for a 44-yard touchdown. Unlike the Panther 6 minute drive, it only took the Beavers three plays, and less than 2 minutes, to cover 56 yards for the opening score.
The Panthers were able to drive down the field again, marching down to the Beaver side of the field on an 11 play drive in 5 minutes. But once again, the Beavers’ defense made a big play and forced the Panthers to another turnover on downs.
And once again, Scott City capitalized with a touchdown, even after a holding penalty voided a 18-yard Brandon Winderlin rushing touchdown. Hayes got the points back and started the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Beavers a 14-0 lead with 11:16 left in the half.
The second quarter rushing touchdown was Hayes’ 23rd of the regular season.
On the Beavers’ next drive, a rare mistake — a Beaver turnover — gave the ball to the Panthers at the Scott City 44-yard line, Concordia, once again, moved the ball down the field. This time, they were finally able to convert on one of these long drives for some points and take advantage of the Scott City turnover.
The 13-play drive, which included two fourth down conversions, ended with 4-yard Dyelan Reed pass to Wyatt Trost to give the Panthers their first points of the game. Concordia did miss the extra point to trail 14-6.
Scott City answered, however, before the break, when Gooden hit his receiver for a touchdown to give the Beavers a 21-6 lead heading into halftime.
After receiving the second-half kickoff, the Beavers marched down in under two minutes, and capped the drive with a 17-yard Brandon Winderlin touchdown run. After Scott City converted an extra point fake, the Beavers took a commanding 29-6 lead.
Scott City added two more touchdowns, both by Gooden, one in the air and one on the ground with a minute left in the game. Concordia, having three trips to the red zone, only scored one more touchdown itself. Ultimately, the Beavers’ first half was too much for the Panthers to overcome.
Although it was another big win for the Beavers, the Panthers finished with 346 total yards, the most allowed by Scott City this season.
Although not official, Scott City likely will host Nickerson in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.