Bryce Couch lines up to attempt a 29-yard field goal attempt during the first half of Oneida's game at Rockwood Friday, Aug. 23. The junior kicker had two field goals and a crucial extra point to help the Indians to the season-opening victory. (Independent Herald photo/Josh Sharp)
Bryce Couch lines up to attempt a 29-yard field goal attempt during the first half of Oneida's game at Rockwood Friday, Aug. 23. The junior kicker had two field goals and a crucial extra point to help the Indians to the season-opening victory. (Independent Herald photo/Josh Sharp)

 

STEARNS, Ky. — Scott High's defense forced five turnovers and did not allow McCreary Central to cross mid-field, as the Highlanders cruised to a 61-0 opening night victory over the Raiders Friday evening.

The Highlanders, which were coming off a positive preseason, made a statement with the win, in which they scored the most points a Scott team has scored in 14 years.

The last time a Highlander team scored more than 60 points was in 1999, a 68-8 victory over Jellico. The only other time in program history that the Highlanders scored more than 60 points came in 1979, a 61-0 win over Maynardville.

In Rockwood, meanwhile, Oneida found the going significantly more difficult, as the Indians emerged victorious with a 13-12 overtime win against the Tigers.

Two Bryce Couch field goals — from 29 yards and 36 yards — helped the Indians force overtime. After Rockwood scored first in overtime to take a 12-6 lead, the Indians' defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt, then won the game on a Couch extra point after Cole West scrambled for a 14-yard touchdown on third and goal.

Other District 4-A action Friday included: Coalfield over Copper Basin, 54-0; Oliver Springs over Unaka, 40-0; Oakdale over Sale Creek, 44-12; and Sunbright over King's Academy, 55-33.

Other District 4-AA action included: Alcoa over Smith County, 38

-0; CAK over Franklin Road Academy, 35-10; and Knox Catholic over Notre Dame, 22-13.

Other games involving teams from neighboring counties saw Pickett County earn the school's first-ever football win with a 17-15 victory over Clinton County, Ky. Campbell County defeated Cumberland Gap, 41-6, and Anderson County defeated Clinton, 53-13. York Institute fell to White County, 40-0.

Other noteworthy games included Grace Christian Academy scoring 35 first quarter points en route to a 55-19 win over Austin-East, and Greenback rolling to a 41-14 win over Sweetwater in a game that saw Cherokee runningback Jordan Anderson rush for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns.