Bobcats run past Raiders


Buchholz Bobcats Kenny Scott (2) runs with the ball Friday during the game at Santa Fe High School.

Elizabeth Hamilton/Correspondent
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:07 a.m.

ALACHUA — In less than 12 minutes, Kenny Scott turned the worst game of his life into one of the best.

Erasing five fumbles and three turnovers is a nearly impossible feat to accomplish, but the Buchholz running back rebounded with 181 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to launch the Bobcats to a 27-12 victory over Santa Fe.

Scott, a senior, lost the ball seemingly every way possible — including twice in the same play.

When a punt ricocheted off Scott's leg for his third turnover of the game, assistant coach C.J. Gordon brought him over for a pep talk and to remind him there was nowhere to go but up.

“I just kept thinking to myself, I put my team in this position for us to lose,” Scott said. “I'm going to do all I can to get us out of this. Put it all on the line. Stop thinking about myself and just play ball.”

A few plays later, Scott took a short screen pass to the left for a 53-yard score, then followed it up with touchdown runs of 22 and 60 yards. His season-best 210 rushing yards came on 22 carries for the Bobcats (2-3).

“Kenny had a rough first half,” Buchholz coach Mark Whittemore said. “He snapped out of it, shook off the cobwebs and had a tremendous second half. He's a pretty strong personality. He's not going to quit. It shows his fight, his character, his heart. It's just a matter of time for him.”

In a game that featured 13 fumbles, two interceptions and nearly 200 yards of penalties, Whittemore said the sloppiness didn't detract from the game's importance.

“The first half was ugly,” he said. “Both of these teams are obviously really wanting this win. It was big, big for both of us. Coach Wiles is doing a great job. They really played tough and showed some heart tonight.”

The Raiders (0-5), who lost their first four games by an average of 35 points, took a 5-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Matthew Prettyman entered the game in the second half and quickly drove Santa Fe 71 yards for a touchdown. Getting the ball back after an immediate fumble, Prettyman broke free for 34 yards before losing a fumble within inches of the goal line.

“If it's a touchdown, we win the game,” coach Bill Wiles said. “We played hard enough to win the game. We made enough plays. That one down there really hurt. We fought hard, and I'm proud of them. We just have to win a game.”

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