STAUNTON- Chip Crabill's brother Mike Crabill was the single season record holder for touchdowns scored by a R.E Lee football player with 26 TD's. Last week Dae' Quan Scott added the past tense to that line by scoring his 27TH TD in the Leeman's 7TH game of the season at Waynesboro. He was back at it tonight down in Staunton, Virginia.
Tonight, Scott was facing a slightly tougher defense as his team played their final home game at Gypsy Hill Park against Southern Valley District foe Stuarts Draft. The Cougars kept Scott from hurting them on the opening kickoff by having the ball reach the end zone for a touch back. The visitors would have no such luck on the Leeman's first offensive play.
The Senior quarterback opened the game by blazing 80 yards for a touchdown. Yes, after spending the better part of the tail gate show talking about how exciting it was to watch this young man play the game and that he could score from anywhere on the field...
16 seconds were gone from the 12:00 on the score board and the tally was already 7-0. Scott had 1 carry for 80 yards (Avg. 80.0). After forcing a Cougar punt, Scott needed 4 plays to put the 2ND TD on the board. Scott capped the drive with a 13 yard scoring strike to Terrell Mickens with 7:09 remaining in the 1ST the score was 14-0.
Scott had taken five snaps and his totals were now 2 rushes for 92 yards (46.0) and 2 of 2 passing for 32 yards and yes on the fifth play he did hand off to tailback Mark Anderson. Scott would add a 23 yard run before the 1ST quarter ended to take his total up to 3/115 yards. The QB did prove to be human by throwing an interception to end the 3RD Leeman drive.
The fourth drive ended with a second interception, this time on a great play by a linebacker on a screen play (Cole Beyeler). Scott did collect 26 more yards on 3 carries to make it 6/141. Stuarts Draft pulled to within 21-14 with a pair of touchdowns sandwiched around Mickens returning an attempted on-side kick for a touchdown.
Lee had 2:58 left in the first half after the second Cougar touchdown and that would be plenty of time for Scott & Company to move the ball. Scott returned the kick 23 yards out to the 38 yard line and then proceeded to lead his team 62 yards in 8 plays. The score came on a 3-yard run by Scott with :19.9 ticks left on the clock. 4 runs for 24 yards and he shook off the 2 picks by going 2 for 2 (44 yards) on the touchdown drive to make it 28-14.
Halftime stats for Scott - 10 carries for 165 yards / 4 of 6 passing for 76 yards / 23 return yards for a total of 17 touches and 264 yards. Chris Lassiter (Staunton News-Leader) came over and did the Half Time show with me and we shared a laugh about Stuarts Draft holding him in check after the opening 80 yard run. You can't stop him, not sure if you can contain him...
Scott's first touch in the second half ended with a TD celebration following a 45 yard run. This one would be brought back after a holding call. On the following Lee drive Scott would punch it in from 36 yards out but once again the score would not count after a holding penalty. 2 lost TD's and 81 yards on the plays.
The next drive would have Scott carry the ball four times and collect another 45 yards with the final two coming on another TD. When it was all said and done Scott had 4 TD's (3 rushing, 1 passing) that counted and he manged to rush for 270 yards, pass for 99 more and add 23 in return yards. 392 total yards against a very SOLID defensive football team.
Stuarts Draft played hard until the final horn but fell to the Leeman by a final score of 35-20. Scott will now play his final two regular season games on the road versus Spotswood (10/17) and Rockbridge County (10/24). If you are in the neighborhood up in Penn Liard or down in Lexington on the next two Friday nights this young man is worth the price of admission! Just don't stop for popcorn or you might just miss his 1ST big play!
Thanks to Jim Sacco (News Virginian) for visiting with me again on the final segment of the Tail Gate show and for Chris a the half. You can catch Chris with his Gamer at www.newsleader.com .