SCHS Football Team Marched Its Way to Kroger Field

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  • Painting the banners used for games is one of the responsibilities of the cheerleading squad.

  • Cheerleaders were there to support the football players and to rally fans in the stands.

    Rachel Litvin

  • Running through the banner is a lasting tradition for the SCHS football team.

    Rachel Litvin

  • The SCHS cards ended with season with a total of 11 wins.

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  • Nerves were a little frazzled for players since the game began over an hour late due to a rain delay.

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  • It was a solid attempt to bring home the championship title, but Male was the better team on the night of December 1st.

    Rachel Litvin

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The Scott County 2018-2019 Varsity football team had a great year with a season that included eleven wins and four losses. The team, once again, had the opportunity to play in the state championship game on December 1, 2018, at Kroger Field. Unfortunately, they lost to Male High School, 37-20, and placed second in the state.  “It was a fair loss. There were a few off calls, but some nights not everything goes your way, and a team needs to be able to bounce back from it and move on,” junior football team member Austin Taylor said.

Head coach Jim McKee had made it his goal to be in the state championship again this year.  This was his third trip to the state championship play-offs. “The first time that we went was in 2004.  That trip meant a lot to me personally; it was something that I really wanted to accomplish. It made me feel like ‘Look here at what we did.’ But with this trip, I am much happier for the players and their families than me.”

McKee was not the only one excited for the chance to play at Kroger Field.  Senior Austin Barnett was ecstatic to play in the state championships. He said “We had put in all this work to get to the state championship.  Last season was cut short for us, so it meant a lot to make it there this year.”

Despite the loss, junior Bronson Brown was able to focus on the positive.  “We played a really good game. Male just seemed to know everything we were doing.”  Coach McKee also was upbeat, despite the loss. “We played a really great game. Male gets credit for having a really great game and being well-prepared,” he stated.

The path to Kroger Field was not an easy one for the team, and the possibility of being knocked out of the opportunity to play for the title of state champion was on the mind of both players and the coaching staff.  Even though they won more games than they lost this season, there were many teams that were capable of beating them. McKee explained “A bunch of the teams on our schedule were capable of beating us.  Frederick Douglass was the most talented team in KY.”

Even though this season was not a perfect one for the team, it provided many opportunities for growth.  “No game is bad,” McKee said. “As a coach, you always have to find a way to use every game to help your team get better and be playing their best football at this time of the year.”

Though a football team is made of many moving parts, a few members stood out for their contributions.   Those include seniors Glenn Covington and Bryan Hudson, four year starters, and junior Berk Watts, a three year starter, that all were key players this season.  Austin Barnett should also be acknowledged for scoring twenty-four touchdowns by the season’s end.

Next year there will be two football teams for Scott County. Due to the new school, the varsity team will be split in two.  This doesn’t bother Coach McKee though. “We will be Class 5A next year, and I would anticipate that we would be ranked in the top two to three teams in that class.  If we work hard and smart, we will have a great chance to be playing in the 5A finals next year,” he said.

Taylor is looking forward to his final year of football next year as well.  He said that his goal as a senior leader will be to “Work together as a unit, and work in the weight room to get stronger.  We also will need to make sure that all team members know our individual roles.”