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Jackets get their kicks at Scott

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By Richard Evans

revans@roanecounty.com

The Kingston Yellow Jackets picked up a 20-13 road win against Scott Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets fell behind early as the Highlanders pieced together an eight-play, 75-yard drive.

Scott scored on a two-yard run on fourth and goal and with 7:59 remaining in the second quarter took a 7-0 lead.

Following the touchdown, each team failed to put together a sustained drive so they punted it back and forth, opting to play the field position game.

On their third possession of the game, the Yellow Jackets finally generated some offense as they marched 52 yards in five plays.

The drive was capped by a spectacular 27-yard touchdown run by Bradley Keathley.

Marcus Bunch added the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:15 left in the half.

The defense forced a Scott punt and quarterback Trey Schultz took advantage as he calmly directed the Yellow Jackets offense from their 15-yard down to the Highlander 14.

Bunch kicked a 32-yard field go to give Kingston a 10-7 lead with 4.3 seconds left in the half.

After punts by each team, he Highlanders opened the second half with a three-play drive that ended with 27-yard touchdown run.

After a failed extra point attempt, Scott was back in the lead, 13-10 near the end of the third quarter.

With momentum swinging to the home team, the Yellow Jackets answered the call as Keathley, Nathan Jones, and Elijah Hill picked up nice yardage and moved the chains down to the Scott four-yard line before the drive stalled.

Bunch came on and kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie the game at 13-13 with 6:28 remaining in regulation.

The Kingston defense, led by Elijah Reeder and Marcus Rose, forced a quick three and out by the Highlanders.

The Yellow Jackets’ offense had an opportunity from their own 17-yard line.

On first down, Hill broke a long run deep into Scott territory but it was negated by a holding penalty.

From that point on, the Kingston offensive line - Colton Bassler, Seth Robinett, Colton Organek, Bradley Lurry, and Brandon Lurry - took over the game.

They punished the Highlander’s front seven as Hill, Keathley, and Rose punched up the middle and gashed them off tackle.

On a huge third and two call, Keathley smashed up the middle for a 26-yard gain.

Three plays later, Schultz scored on a quarterback sneak .

Bunch booted the extra point to give the Yellow Jackets a 20-13 lead with 58.6 seconds left in the game.

Scott turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing drive after a hook and ladder play failed.

The Yellow Jackets took a knee and ran out the clock.

Unofficially, Keathley led Kingston with 149 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

“In the first half they gave us a lot of different looks on defense - they were blitzing a lot,” said Kingston Coach Brian Pankey. “I old my offensive line at halftime, ‘Cut your splits down, start blocking down, start moving people and we figured it out.

“My hat’s off to the offensive line - they did a great job in the second half.”

The win moves the Yellow Jackets to 2-5 overall (1-2 in region action) on the season and dropped Scott to 1-7 (0-4 in the region).

Kingston returns to action on Friday when they host region-leading Alcoa, the third ranked team in the state.