By Dan Wright
TAYLOR MILL, Ky. – In Friday’s 40-14 win against Holmes, Scott’s rushing trio of seniors Josh Castleman, Nick Brinkman, and quarterback Ben Osborne became a quartet with the emergence of senior fullback Dylan De Tatta.
De Tatta entered the game with 23 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns in his career, but broke out with career highs of 88 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries Friday night.
“It’s just another dimension, because Brinkman, Castleman, and Ben are pretty much speed runners,” Scott head coach Dan Woolley said. “They aren’t afraid to lower their shoulders, but they’re not packing as much. They’ll out run you. Everybody knows Dylan isn’t going to out run anybody. He’s going to run over people and he’s the kind of guy that seeks people out.”
Said De Tatta: “I give my 100-percent and go make my blocks, but when I get the ball I try to get positive yards and just bring my team up.”
When De Tatta wasn’t carrying the ball, he was leading the way for his three teammates as Scott piled up 371 yards of offense, all on the ground.
Castleman led the Eagles in rushing for the second straight week, picking up 105 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Brinkman had 64 yards and a touchdown on eight carries while Osborne had 86 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter, and it wasn’t until Osborne kept the ball and went over the right tackle for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter that Scott was able to take control of the game.
“At that time we had kind of struggled trying to do the little things,” said Woolley. “Some of my assistants talked to me and said to calm down and keep doing what we’ve been doing. Go with our game plan and keep plugging away at it and it will work and that’s we were able to do tonight against a very good football team.”
De Tatta added his first score from two yards out later in the quarter to put the Eagles ahead at halftime, 21-7.
Holmes pulled back to within seven when sophomore quarterback Desean Brumfield hit Jonathan Scruggs for a 44-yard touchdown on the opening possession of the second half, but Scott’s no-huddle offense gradually wore down the Bulldogs the rest of the way.
“Tonight we were getting momentum, so I wanted to keep it up tempo,” said Woolley.
While Scott ran for 371 yards, the Bulldogs own potent rushing attack was limited to 54 yards rushing. Brumfield was able to complete 10-of-20 passes for 185 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Holmes while Osborne’s only pass attempt for Scott fell incomplete.
Brinkman scored on a 25-yard run as part of a two-play drive that extended Scott’s lead to 27-14 with 2:07 left in the third quarter and Osborne capped a four-play drive in the fourth quarter with a five-yard touchdown run.
De Tatta closed out the scoring on a five yard touchdown run with 1:52 remaining in the game as Scott improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2008 in search of its first winning season since 1990.
at SCOTT 7-14-6-13—40
H-J. Scruggs 25 run (Gullett kick)
S-Castleman 11 run (Berk kick)
S-Osborne 50 run (Berk kick)
S-De Tatta 2 run (Berk kick)
H-J. Scruggs 44 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
S-Brinkman 25 run (kick failed)
S-Osborne 5 run (Berk kick)
S-De Tatta 5 run (kick failed)
RECORDS: Scott 2-0, Holmes 1-1.