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Senior quarterback Gus Howlett has given Scott a shot at clinching top seed in Class 4A distrcit

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Scott won its last three football games against Class 4A district opponents behind impressive performances by senior quarterback Gus Howlett. The third-year starter had 457 yards passing and 346 yards rushing in those victories for an 803 total that breaks down to 267 yards per game.

The Eagles will be counting on Howlett to lead the offense once again Thursday when they play their final district seeding game at home against Holmes. If Scott wins, it will clinch the top seed for the district playoffs that begin in two weeks.

Scott quarterback Gus Howlett

This season has gone much better for the 6-2 Eagles than the one they struggled through last year. They had a 1-5 record when their final two games were cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions and then the team opted not to participate in the playoffs.

Howlett led the state in passing yards per game with a 290.1 average last season, but he was disappointed with being limited to six games. He has made a strong comeback this season, passing for 984 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 475 yards and five TDs in eight games.

Holmes (6-2) has been primarily a running team this season, averaging 286 rushing yards per game. Senior running back Tayquan Calloway has a team-high 945 yards and five touchdowns while three of his teammates have combined totals of 1.014 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.

Tayquan’s twin brother, Quantez, is the starting quarterback for Holmes, but he did not play in last week’s win over Harrison County that put the Bulldogs in a tie for second place in the district standings. His replacement was Miguel Garcia, who had one passing and two rushing touchdowns in his first varsity start.

Beechwood, Covington Catholic and Ryle are the other district leaders that can get top seeds by winning games this weekend. Brossart, Newport Central Catholic and Walton-Verona have already clinched the No. 1 spot in their districts.

The top two seeds in each district get to play home games in the first round of the district playoffs. District winners move on to the regional round in the playoffs.

High school football schedule

Holmes (6-2) at Scott (6-2), 7 p.m.
Covington Catholic (5-3) at Conner (5-3), 7 p.m.
Highlands (4-5) at Cooper (6-2), 7:30 p.m.
Newport (3-6) at Beechwood (8-0), 7:30 p.m.
Holy Cross (2-6) at Lloyd (2-6), 7 p.m.
Newport Central Catholic (6-2) at Bellevue (1-7), 7 p.m.
Ludlow (2-6) at Dayton (4-4), 7 p.m.
Dixie Heights (4-4) at Campbell County (1-7), 7 p.m.
Brossart (9-0) at Pendleton County (1-8), 7:30 p.m.
Walton-Verona (6-3) at Trimble County (1-7), 7:30 p.m.
Simon Kenton (2-6) at Ryle (6-2), 7 p.m.


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