SCOTT CITY — Wyatt Hayes scored five times, leading the Scott City Beavers to a 34-7 win over visiting Beloit Friday to advance in the Class 3A playoffs.
November has been a good month for the Scott City in the last dozen years. Since 2006, the Beavers are 22-11 in state playoff games in November, with a title to show for it in 2012 to go with three more from 1988-1991.
This year's team is looking to add five more wins to the November numbers as they took out Beloit 34-7 in round two of the state Class 3A playoffs. Hayes racked up 194 yards on 20 carries to lead the Beaver attack.
Nearly a month ago, the Beavers, ranked third in state, knocked out the Trojans 55-12, and Friday night at their home Darnell Stadium, it was much of the same.
Ironically, Hayes also had a 5-touchdown game then, as well.
Hayes scored four rushing touchdowns to account for all of Scott City’s first-half points Friday, the first on the longest play from scrimmage this season, a 70-yard run in the first quarter. That followed his 71-yard run called back on a face mask call two plays earlier.
The senior scored again in that opening quarter, this time on a 4-yard run for a 13-0 lead. His next run came from 3 yards out in the second, and his fourth was from 2 yards.
He almost picked up a fifth following a Hunter Yager interception that Yager ran back to the Beloit 4-yard line, but the Beavers failed to get it in from there.
The Beavers racked up 200 yards of offense, 189 of that on the ground (166 by Hayes). The defense held the Indians to just 79 and forced a fumble and interception.
Scott City went 60 yards on 12 plays on its second series of the second half and failed to score at the goal line again as the Beloit defense stood strong.
But the Beaver defense held Beloit to a three-and-out, forcing a punt, which Hayes returned 39 yards to set up first-and-goal, and this time Hayes ran it in for his fifth score from five yards out.
A Moses Hinojos field goal, his fourth of the game (and 30th of the season), gave Scott City a 34-0 lead with 2:37 to play in the third period.
Beloit’s lone score came in the final quarter when Grant Arasmith hit Vincent Palen in the back of the end zone for a 38-yard scoring play. Scott City finished the game with 294 total yards (252 on the ground) while holding Beloit to 252.
The win makes the Beavers at 3-1 over Beloit with the only blemish coming in a 36-13 loss in 2013.
Assistant coach Landon Frank said the defense really stepped things up this night to complement the offense output.
“Our defense played about as good as you could expect,” he said. “We ran the ball very well in the first quarter and held them out of the end zone until the second half, so I thought we played well.”
Hayes’ performance was special, as well, he added.
The run game allowed the passing game to be successful as Parker Gooden was five of seven with no interceptions.
“Our offensive line controlled (Beloit),” Frank said. “They inflicted some damage last time we played them. This time it seemed we had a bit more control with them and we were just able to run down the field with them.”
With the win, the Beavers (10-0) make another November move as they travel to Andale to face the top-ranked Indians.
“It’s always fun to play somebody who’s number one,” Frank said. “I’m sure we’ll be up for it. I’m sure we’ll watch plenty of game film on it. Hopefully we’re ready to play.”