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CLASS 6-A FINAL
C O M M E M O R AT I V E P O S T E R S U N D AY, D E C . 8 , 2 013
LATE RALLY LIFTS SCOTT COUNTY TO CHAMPIONSHIP
YEAR OF THE CARDINALS
Scott County’s Clay McKee scrambles out of the pocket during Saturday’s game. McKee’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Scott Daniel with 40 seconds left was the difference. JOE IMEL/AP By Jason Frakes
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County High School coach Jim McKee considered Scott Daniel a worthy Mr. Football candidate before he suffered a leg injury two weeks before the start of the playoffs. Daniel may not win the award after playing sparingly in the final games of the season, but he made the catch that forever will live in Scott County lore. Daniel scored on a 6-yard pass from Clay McKee with 40 seconds remaining to give Scott County a 2114 victory over Meade County in Saturday’s Class 6-A state championship game in front of 4,716 fans at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium. “This is a high school athlete’s dream to win the state championship in the last few seconds,” said Daniel, who suffered a broken bone in his left leg against Paul Dunbar on Oct. 25. “It’s like a fairy tale.” Scott County — No. 2 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings — finished 15-0 and captured its second state championship, having won the Class 2-A title in 1975. Scott County became the first public school to win the big-school
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state title in Kentucky since Male in 2000 and the first school from outside of Louisville to do it since Nelson County in 1996. “We’ve really been building and building for a long time,” Jim McKee said. “It’s just been a dream season.” No. 14 Meade County (12-3) managed just 173 total yards, but 75 of them came on a game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. John Wilson’s 8yard TD run and two-point conversion run tied the score at 14 with 4:34 remaining. “(Scott County) took it to us in the trenches, and that’s where we struggled the most,” Green Wave coach Larry Mofield said. “That was indicative of the night. They were taking it to us up front, and we weren’t able to mount much of a charge until late.” The Cardinals started their game-winning drive from their 23yard line and overcame a controversial call along the way. On first and 10 from the Scott County 46, Keith Guy fumbled and Meade County’s Jonah Shacklett picked it up and raced to the end zone for an apparent touchdown. But officials ruled Guy was down before the fumble, and Scott County
kept possession. A Meade County pass-interference call and a 12-yard run by Kevin Claussen moved the Cardinals into position before Daniel’s game-winning catch on what he called “an arrow route.” “I fire off the ball hard and step back right to the line of scrimmage and catch a screen pass,” said Daniel, who finished with six catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns. “I just dove for the end zone and somehow got in.” The game featured just13 pass attempts as both teams relied on their wing-T running attacks. Guy led the Cardinals with 90 yards on 10 carries. Claussen added 86 yards on 19 attempts. Shacklett paced the Green Wave with 57 yards on 12 carries. But the hero was Daniel, who was a sophomore when Scott County lost to Trinity 62-21 in the 2011 Class 6-A final. “Us seniors and juniors who have played, we know not to panic,” said Daniel, who has committed to Eastern Kentucky University. “We were here two years ago, and it wasn’t too surreal for us this time.”
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and on Twitter @kyhighs.
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Combined passes attempted by the two teams which feature wing-T running attacks
Total yards allowed by Scott County's defense, 75 of which came on one fourth-quarter drive
The last time Scott County won a state football championship (Class 2-A)
View more photos from the Class 6-A championship.