For only the second time in nearly three decades, Scott defeated Dixie Heights on the football field – this time, 36-7 Friday night at Dixie’s Rice Mountjoy Stadium on the strength of three touchdowns by senior running back Roberto London.
But, the Eagles’ win and subsequent 2-0 start was not without potential subplots: Fellow senior back Deondre Pleasant, originally injured in a preseason scrimmage vs. Lloyd, tweaked his ankle in the first quarter being twisted down fielding a punt. According to Scott Head Coach Dan Woolley, “this early in the season it’s more precaution to keep him out. We’re using these first five games to try to get better.
I’ve been telling the kids since January, if we’re 0-5 or 5-0, I don’t care as long as we improve. He’s a difference maker, definitely could’ve helped us in this game but at the same time, we’re looking long term,” he said.
Then it was more salt on the wound for Scott. Following Pleasant’s exit from the game, senior quarterback Danny Fitzgerald fumbled the shotgun snap deep in this own territory and the Colonels recovered for what turned out to be their only score of the night, tying the game at 7.
After an Eagles three-and-out and a bad snap that forced the punter to a kick that netted only a few positive yards, Dixie took over at the Eagles’ 34. Senior quarterback Gunther Faeth ran around the left side for 31 yards down to the Scott three. On the ensuing play, Faeth was hit immediately and fumbled. Eagles’ senior defensive back Jordan Velasquez scooped up the football, taking it 97 yards for a Scott score and a 14-7 lead. Dixie received the ball back but was unable to coax any momentum its way.
Only a few ticks into the second, Faeth was sacked inside his own 25, fumbled, and defensive tackle Ron Rice landed on the bouncing football in the end zone to give his team a 20-7 lead (it missed the extra point.)
The Colonels’ next possession progressed down to the Scott one. When Faeth was stuffed at the line on fourth-and-one, the Eagles took over. On its first play from scrimmage, London (16 carries, 149 yards) took the handoff 99 yards for a touchdown. The senior also converted the two-point conversion with a two-yard run and a 28-7 margin, a lead the Eagles took into halftime.