CROSSVILLE — Scott High will make its first trip to Cumberland County High School Friday, as it prepares for a non-district game that could have playoff implications further down the road.
Last season, the Highlanders defeated the Jets 48-21 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Scott High is coming off a 63-0 win over McCreary Central last week. That lopsided win, which saw the Scott starters play just two series, was the largest margin of victory in school history. It surpassed 61-point victory margins in 1978 and 2013.
Cumberland County, meanwhile, is coming off a 47-0 loss to Bledsoe County.
At first glance, Scott and Cumberland County are two programs headed in different directions.
After a 1-9 season in 2012, when the Highlanders' only win came across town against Stone Memorial, Scott finished with a 7-win season in 2013, winning its most games since 1999's 9-1 regular season.
Cumberland County, meanwhile, won just two games last season — against Sweetwater and Warren County — and has a 3-28 record since the end of the 2010 season.
"We had some goals (against McCreary Central) — get a win and come out healthy," Scott coach Keith Shannon said. "Thank goodness, we achieved both, and we're 100 percent going into Cumberland County with a win under our belt."
Shannon said he was happy of the way his team flew to the football against the Raiders, as the Highlanders forced a school-record seven turnovers.
"Coach G (defensive coordinator Broderick Gillespie) and all our position coaches stress pursuing the football," Shannon said. "We practice with two whistles. One is when the play is dead. The second whistle is when everyone needs to be near the football. If you're not near the football by the time that second whistle blows, it's an issue."