Scott credits line for success Friday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Straughn senior running back Devin Scott (21) participates during practice Tuesday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn senior running back Devin Scott (21) participates during practice Tuesday. |
Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn’s Devin Scott contributed a bunch in the Tigers’ first-round 42-0 victory over Northside last week during the Class 3A state playoffs.

The senior running back’s 35-yard touchdown run and a second-half kick-off return for a score helped him gain about 67 yards on the ground, and earned himself The Star-News Player of the Week honors.

Scott and the Tigers travel to play an undefeated Dale County this week for the second round.

During last week’s practice, which came after a bye week, Scott said the coaches challenged the offensive line to have a great night.

“They came out and did what they asked them to do,” he said. “They just showed up.”

In fact, Scott said he gives the big men up front all of the credit for his success last week.

“If we didn’t have them, we wouldn’t have been here,” the running back said.

When asked how essential the linemen are, Scott said other skill player really do rely on them, like quarterback Rollin Kinsaul and running back Daryl George.

“It’s pretty much the same throughout,” he said. “They just block and create holes.”

Scott scored his 35-yard touchdown rush midway through the second quarter to help give the Tigers a 21-0 lead going into halftime.

The kick-return for a TD came right at the start of the second half. Additionally, Scott later scampered 9 yards all the way to the NHS 11, where Kinsaul hooked up with receiver Keith Edgar for a TD strike.

The big win last week came at a good time going into Friday night’s contest against the Warriors (11-0), Scott said.

“They’ll play their hardest,” he said about DCHS. “They want to beat us real bad. We want to beat them, too.

“It’s going to be whoever wants it more and who comes out prepared,” he said. “We’ve got to practice well this week.”

Scott said Monday’s practice was a pretty good day for the Tigers. Tuesday’s session was greeted with high winds that brought chilly temperatures to the area. However, practice was performed at an up-tempo pace as usual.

Scott said his senior year has been up and down with injuries. He came back to play for the Tigers three weeks ago against Opp after suffering an ankle injury earlier this year.

It felt good to be back, he said.

Devin is the son of Brett and Casandra Scott of Andalusia.