Scott's Mark Karluah crosses the goal line for a touchdown in the first quarter against Kingston on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/LeEtta Boyatt)
Scott's Mark Karluah crosses the goal line for a touchdown in the first quarter against Kingston on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/LeEtta Boyatt)

 

HUNTSVILLE — Scott scored two first quarter touchdowns, then held on for dear life and defeated Kingston 14-12 on Friday, marking the school's first 3-0 start since 2008 and first win over the Yellow Jackets since 2003.

Justin King and Mark Karluah put scores on the board for the Highlanders in the first quarter, and Scott (3-0, 1-0) then held off a furious comeback effort by Kingston (0-2, 0-1) late in the game.

Kaleb Byrge converted a third down on a toss sweep with 1:27 to play to put the final nail in Kingston's coffin. But before it came to that, the Highlanders' defense turned in a big stop with their backs against the wall. On third-and-eight from Scott's 10-yard-line, James Kries intercepted a pass in the end zone. That would prove to be Kingston's last opportunity to steal the win. A 33-yard pickup by Jake Phillips on a quarterback keeper two plays later moved the ball into Kingston territory and set up Byrge's third down conversion.

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